Megan Thee Stallion has published a New York Times op-ed addressing the way Black women are “disrespected and disregarded” in America. Titled “Why I Speak Up for Black Women,” the article describes Black women’s prospective role in the 2020 presidential election, Megan’s alleged shooting by Tory Lanez this past July, her protest on Saturday Night Live against Breonna Taylor’s killing, the staggering maternal mortality rates of Black mothers, and other social factors that inform her fight to “Protect Black women.”
“I was recently the victim of an act of violence by a man,” Megan writes. (The article omits the name of Tory Lanez, who was recently charged in the incident. He denies the allegation.) “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 describes her hesitation to speak out, and how her “fears about discussing what happened were, unfortunately, warranted.” In the end, she writes, she realized that violence against women “happens because too many men treat all women as objects, which helps them to justify inflicting abuse against us when we choose to exercise our own free will.”
In hip-hop, Megan adds, “it seems as if the male-dominated ecosystem can handle only one female rapper at a time. Countless times, people have tried to pit me against Nicki Minaj and Cardi B, two incredible entertainers and strong women. I’m not ‘the new’ anyone; we are all unique in our own ways.”
She goes on to lament the vilification of those who “choose to capitalize on [their] sexuality.” She also notes that, in 2019, “an astronomical 91 percent of the transgender or gender-nonconforming people who were fatally shot were Black, according to the Human Rights Campaign.”
Megan’s hope for the election, she concludes, “is that Kamala Harris’s candidacy for vice president will usher in an era where Black women in 2020 are no longer ‘making history’ for achieving things that should have been accomplished decades ago.”
Read the full piece, and watch the accompanying video, at The New York Times.