The safety of Black Women is more than a social justice catchphrase.
Saturday Night Live's season premiere this past weekend saw Megan Thee Stallion use the platform as a call to action. During the performance of her hit single "Savage,'' the Houston rapper briefly veered from the song's braggadocious energy to bring attention to a real issue.
Sound bites of Malcolm X's quote about America's disrespect towards Black women and activist Tamika Mallory condemning Kentucky's Attorney General Daniel Cameron for his handling of Breonna Taylor's murder accompanied Megan's proclamation. That proclamation? "We need to protect our Black Women." Read her New York Times op ed "Why I Speak Up For Black Women" here.
Through no fault of her own, Megan has indirectly become the face of violence against Black Women. She was the victim of gunshot wounds to both feet after attending Kylie Jenner's pool party in July. In August, she revealed that it was Tory Lanez who shot her allegedly. Her accusations on Instagram Live were a cause for speculation. There had been rumblings on social media that Tory was the shooter, but now Megan's credibility suddenly came into question.
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