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Kamala Harris has praised Houston rapper Megan Thee Stallion for her power op-ed she penned for The New York Times, calling for society to protect Black women.
“Thank you, @theestallion, for using your voice to speak out,” the Democratic Vice Presidential nominee tweeted. “Black women DO deserve better. I promise when @JoeBiden and I are elected, we’ll continue to show up not just with lip service, but with action.”
Megan then retweeted Harris, “make sure y’all get up and go vote,” she wrote.
In the editorial titled “Why I Speak Up For Black Women,” Megan shared experience as a Black woman in Hip-Hop and her recent domestic violence incident with former boyfriend, Tory Lanez.
“In the weeks leading up to the election, Black women are expected once again to deliver victory for Democratic candidates. We have gone from being unable to vote legally to a highly courted voting bloc – all in little more than a century. Despite this and despite the way so many have embraced messages about racial justice this year, Black women are still constantly disrespected and disregarded in so many areas of life,” the “Captain Hook” rapper writes.
Megan became a target for internet trolls after she was allegedly shot in both feet by Lanez in July. Lanez has denied the allegations, but last week, the Los Angeles Police Department charged him with one felony count each of assault with a semiautomatic firearm – personal use of a firearm – and carrying a loaded, unregistered firearm in a vehicle.
Lanez also faces a gun allegation and that he personally inflicted great bodily injury.
Megan also addressed the incident in the article.
“I was recently the victim of an act of violence by a man. After a party, I was shot twice as I walked away from him. We were not in a relationship. Truthfully, I was shocked that I ended up in that place,” she wrote. “My initial silence about what happened was out of fear for myself and my friends. Even as a victim, I have been met with skepticism and judgment. The way people have publicly questioned and debated whether I played a role in my own violent assault proves that my fears about discussing what happened were, unfortunately, warranted.”