Updated: Oct 19, 2020
Megan Thee Stallion makes her living with strong words, and she recently wrote some in a New York Times opinion piece published Tuesday, October 13. The editorial, titled "Why I Speak Up For Black Women," addresses her activism and the disrespect Black women face.
"In the weeks leading up to the election, Black women are expected once again to deliver victory for Democratic candidates," she wrote in the piece. "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."
Megan went on to detail two recent incidents that have had her in the headlines: Her recent "Saturday Night Live" performance and her July altercation with rapper Tory Lanez.
Lanez was charged just last week with two felony counts, though he denies any allegations. Megan did not mention him by name 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," Megan 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."
The Houston native also wrote about anticipating criticism after her recent "SNL" performance. An avid Black Lives Matter supporter, Megan's performance backdrop stated "Protect Black Women." The artist additionally used her platform to call out Daniel Cameron, the Kentucky Attorney General overseeing Breonna Taylor's case. Cameron recently stated that no officers would be charged in regards to Taylor's death.
"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," she wrote. "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."
Megan noted that she was not the only Black woman in the industry to face such criticism and scrutiny, taking care to mention Serena Williams, Nicki Minaj, Cardi B, and historic figures like Rosa Parks, Katherine Johnson and Loretta Lynch. She also mentioned Kamala Harris, citing her hope for an era where Black women are no longer making history "for achieving things that should have been accomplished decades ago."
The opinion piece was published alongside a video in which Megan spoke on the ways Black women are both viewed and treated. Watch below, and read her piece in full here.