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Women of color have been saying #MeToo for decades

Bill Cosby accusers Lili Bernard and Caroline Heldman react after the guilty on all counts verdict
Bill Cosby accusers Lili Bernard and Caroline Heldman. Photo: Mark Makela/Getty Images

Despite decades of allegations, men like Bill Cosby and R&B singer R. Kelly have avoided serious consequences for their sexual misconduct — that is, until 2017's #MeToo awakening.

The big picture: For many of the men who were taken down by the movement, it was a long time coming. But women of color in particular have been fighting the #MeToo fight long before it gained international attention.