Megan Thee Stallion Speaks About Violence Against Black Women and Addresses the Tory Lanez Shooting Incident in Candid New Essay

Megan Thee Stallion takes her position in the public eye very seriously. Since breaking out with 2018’s “Big Ole Freak,” she has used her platform to call attention to important issues such as global warming, women’s health, and financial freedom. Most recently, she spoke out about violence against Black women, including the infamous incident with Tory Lanez.

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Megan Thee Stallion at an event in March 2020 in New York City | Johnny Nunez/WireImage

Megan Thee Stallion penned an opinion piece on violence against Black women

She laid out her thoughts on the subject in an op-ed for The New York Times that was published on Oct.13. She began by discussing the political power that Black women have gained over the years and how “Black women are still constantly disrespected and disregarded in so many areas of life.”

She pointed to the July 12 incident involving her and Tory Lanez, where she suffered wounds to her foot. Initially, she claimed the injuries were caused by broken glass. However, she later said the “Say It” rapper had shot her after an argument, leading to his assault charges.

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“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 continued.

“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,” she added.

After “a lot of self-reflection on that incident,” she said she “realized that violence against women is not always connected to being in a relationship. Instead, it 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.”

She also addressed her ‘Saturday Night Live’ appearance

Going on, Megan Thee Stallion also mentioned her powerful performance on SNL earlier in October. During the set, she took a moment to address the high-profile Breonna Taylor case and the role David Cameron, the Attorney General of Kentucky, played in it, drawing criticism from Cameron and his supporters.

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Megan Thee Stallion said in the op-ed that she had “anticipated some backlash” but ultimately decided not to let it deter her from sharing her opinion.

“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. But you know what? I’m not afraid of criticism,” she continued.

“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 continued. “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 also spoke in an accompanying video about other thoughts on Black women. Fans can read the full essay at the link to The New York Times story above.