Megan Thee Stallion continues to amplify the voices of Black women.
In a powerful op-ed published by The New York Times Tuesday, the “Savage” rapper refuses to apologize for speaking up for herself as well as on behalf of the struggles of women of color.
In her piece, titled “Why I Speak Up for Black Women,” the musician notes that Black women “are expected once again to deliver victory for Democratic candidates” yet are “constantly disrespected and disregarded in so many areas of life.”
Case in point, Megan references her alleged July altercation with Tory Lanez. She has accused him of shooting her after a Hollywood Hills party. (He has repeatedly 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,” she writes.
Megan explains that she initially refused to name Tory as her alleged shooter “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.”
After Megan publicly named Tory in an August Instagram Live, Los Angeles County prosecutors charged Lanez last week with one count of assault with a semiautomatic firearm. He was previously charged with carrying a concealed firearm in a vehicle, and is scheduled to appear in court on October 13.
If convicted on both charges, Lanez could face a maximum sentence of 22 years and eight months in state prison.
Megan also writes about her highly publicized “Saturday Night Live” performance in which she played a recording of activist Tamika Mallory criticizing how Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron handled Breonna Taylor’s case.
“I recently used the stage at ‘Saturday Night Live’ to harshly rebuke Kentucky’s attorney general, Daniel Cameron, for his appalling conduct in denying Breonna Taylor and her family justice,” she writes.
“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.”
Megan received pushback from Cameron himself, who went on Fox News and slammed the performance as “disgusting.”
Despite this, Megan writes that she is “not afraid of criticism.”
“We live in a country where we have the freedom to criticize elected officials. And it’s ridiculous that some people think the simple phrase ‘protect Black women’ is controversial. We deserve to be protected as human beings. And we are entitled to our anger about a laundry list of mistreatment and neglect that we suffer,” she declares.
While noting the accomplishments of legendary Black women — including NASA research mathematician and “Hidden Hills” subject Katherine Johnson, as well as vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris, who is also Asian American — Megan understands that the fight for equality has just begun.
“My hope 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,” she writes.
“But that will take time, and Black women are not naïve. We know that after the last ballot is cast and the vote is tallied, we are likely to go back to fighting for ourselves. Because at least for now, that’s all we have.”