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Megan Thee Stallion penned a New York Times op-ed as part of her ongoing campaign to protect Black women.
In the editorial titled “Why I Speak Up For Black Women,” Megan shared experience as a Black woman in Hip-Hop, as well as her recent domestic violence incident.
“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 Houston rapper writes.
She then addressed her July dispute with rapper Tory Lanez, an ex-boyfriend, who allegedly shot her in both feet. This week, Lanez was charged with felony assault with a semiautomatic weapon.
He has publicly denied the allegations.
“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.
“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.”
Earlier this month, Thee Stallion appeared on Saturday Night Live, which she used to call out Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron. During her set, she played an audio clip from activist Tamika Mallory.
“Daniel Cameron is no different than the sellout Negroes that sold our people into slavery,” Mallory said in the speech.
Cameron responded to Meg’s performance. “The fact that someone would get on national television and make disparaging comments about me just because I’m trying to do my job is disgusting,” he opined.
“I anticipated some backlash: Anyone who follows the lead of Congressman John Lewis, the late civil rights giant, and makes ‘good trouble, necessary trouble,’ runs the risk of being attacked by those comfortable with the status quo,” she wrote. “But you know what? I’m not afraid of criticism. We live in a country where we have the freedom to criticize elected officials.