After receiving harsh criticism from Black womanist activists and internet trolls for her silence on her recent ordeal, Megan Thee Stallion has written an essay with The New York Times lifting her voice of the violence that Black women face — and how unprotected they are in society.
The “Savage” A-lister found her liberating voice in a heartfelt anti-violence statement.
“I was recently the victim of an act of violence by a man,” she wrote. “After a party, I was shot twice as I walked away from him. My initial silence about what happened was out of fear for myself and my friends.”
“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,” she continued.
Megan then pointed to how politics are spaces where Black women feel oppressed, taken for granted, and disregarded despite their consistency at the polls.
“Black women are expected once again to deliver victory for Democratic candidates,” she writes in this essay. “We have gone from being unable to vote legally to a highly courted voting bloc — all in little more than a century.”
She further noted that they have the ability to impact change should they choose to.
“…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. 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.”
To read Megan Thee Stallion’s full essay, “Why I Speak Up for Black Women” in full please check out The New York Times website.