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Within the wake of a throwaway line by Drake that many believed discounted Megan Thee Stallion’s account of being shot by rapper Tory Lanez, dozens of enterprise, political and thought leaders have signed an open letter of help for the Houston rap star.
Per Complex, the letter was shared by the Southern Black Ladies & Girls’s Consortium. Notable signees embrace Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the Home Monetary Companies, MeToo founder Tarana Burke, Deliberate Parenthood CEO Alexis McGill Johnson, Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, Chair, Home Judiciary Crime Committee (Tx. 18th), and musician Ethel Cian.
The letter reads, partly, “You’ve constantly been clear about what occurred to you, however as an alternative of being met with widespread help, individuals who ought to have had your again have chosen to remain out of the matter. You don’t deserve any of this, Megan. You need to be heard, to be believed, and most significantly, to be secure. There isn’t a quantity of energy or status that may stop a girl from turning into a sufferer of violence and there’s no stage of feat that exempts girls from our society’s complacency with that violence.”
The signees add, “We salute you for the bravery it has taken to defend your self within the courtroom of public opinion, although you shouldn’t have had to take action in any respect. We increase our voices towards those that have made gentle of this heinous instance of violence towards girls and can drown them out with our calls for for society to take what occurs to Black girls severely. You aren’t alone. You’re believed, beloved, and supported.”
The letter notably highlights how Megan Thee Stallion initially denied the assault by Lanez to guard him, however in the end instructed police and later followers in a tearful Instagram Stay that the Canadian rapper shot her—injuring each of her ft.
This week, fellow Canadian rapper Drake alluded to the incident on the only “Circo Loco,” saying, “This bitch lie ‘bout getting pictures however she nonetheless a stallion.” Megan responded with a Twitter rant saying, partly,
“Cease utilizing my capturing for clout bitch ass N****s!” She added,“Since when tf is it cool to joke abt girls getting shot ! You n****s particularly RAP N****S ARE LAME! Able to boycott bout footwear and garments however canine pile on a black girl when she say one among y’all homeboys abused her.” She instructed artists to “cease attaching weak ass conspiracy theories in bars to my identify.”
Learn the complete letter beneath:
You’re bigger than life in some ways; your identify is in lights, your face on billboards, your songs within the historical past books…and that is nonetheless just the start of your story. In a really brief period of time, you’ve achieved success in all probability past your wildest desires, and evidently every day brings a brand new announcement about one thing superb you’ve executed or are getting ready to do. Girls all around the world think about you an inspiration, partly since you make them be ok with themselves. You’re a particular sort of expertise and a particular sort of particular person; the place you maintain in your followers’ hearts is a testomony to that.
As you’ve risen to the highest, you’ve additionally needed to endure a number of obstacles alongside the best way. Within the face of triumph and tragedy alike, you at all times preserve your head held excessive, keep your poise, and push ahead. Nevertheless, whereas so many people have a good time you in your energy and perseverance, it should be mentioned that you’ve been handled in ways in which no younger girl–no particular person in any respect–needs to be handled.
It should be mentioned that our tradition has failed you, one among its most brightly shining daughters. In July of 2020, you skilled a violation of the very best order by the hands of somebody whom you thought-about a good friend. Since then, you’ve needed to endure public harassment and taunting not solely from that particular person however from others selecting to face with him. Bloggers have circulated rumors and excitedly reported on probably the most traumatic expertise of your life as if it have been juicy gossip, typically perpetuating the concept that you’ve received a cause to lie, that you just shouldn’t be believed. You’ve constantly been clear about what occurred to you, however as an alternative of being met with widespread help, individuals who ought to have had your again have chosen to remain out of the matter.
You don’t deserve any of this, Megan. You need to be heard, to be believed, and most significantly, to be secure.
There isn’t a quantity of energy or status that may stop a girl from turning into a sufferer of violence and there’s no stage of feat that exempts girls from our society’s complacency with that violence.
It’s possible you’ll be a boss, the “scorching lady coach,” and a bonafide famous person, however that doesn’t imply that you just don’t expertise ache. Nobody is simply too ‘unhealthy,’ too well-known, too highly effective to really feel harm. You’ve needed to navigate this deeply troublesome expertise within the public eye, and when you’ve managed to face sturdy and to maintain displaying as much as work despite all of it, it could actually’t be understated how unfair it’s that you just’re on this place to start with.
Violence towards girls continues to be fully too widespread and acceptable in our world. We make excuse after excuse to elucidate away even probably the most heinous acts, particularly when the particular person accused is a celeb of any type. Being a celeb, nonetheless, won’t assure a girl any sympathy when she is a sufferer.
Black girls are additionally typically fearful of what’s going to occur to their assailant in the event that they select to contain the regulation–as you your self have been afraid to do–and are left unprotected by the system and the neighborhood alike. If somebody as influential as you might be belittled and mocked as nothing however a liar for standing up for herself, that speaks a quantity about what a girl who doesn’t have your sources or fame can count on to endure when she’s discovered herself in the same place.
An estimated one in three girls worldwide has been the sufferer of sexual and/or home violence. Right here in the USA, the numbers are larger for Black girls, who additionally expertise psychological abuse–resembling humiliation, name-calling, and insults–at an elevated charge. Girls of all races, cis and trans, are struggling every day and we’re all too complacent. From day one, you deserved a refrain of voices saying, “We imagine you, Megan,” and although chances are you’ll not have been capable of hear us sooner, know that we’re with you now and each step of the best way as you proceed to heal from this tragedy. We’re dedicated to creating the world safer for you and all girls, and one of many essential steps that we should take to get there’s to make it so that ladies who’ve been victims of violence can talk about their experiences with out being attacked or dismissed.
You’ve been so sturdy, Megan, however that’s not what we should always demand nor count on from you. You deserve the area to cry, mourn and heal as you see match with out having to fret about being judged for having a human response to a private tragedy.
Even within the midst of your personal traumatic expertise and therapeutic, you acknowledged that different women wanted to expertise pleasure and partnered with Southern Black Ladies and Girls’s Consortium on the inaugural Pleasure Is Our Journey tour impacting 1000’s of ladies throughout the south. You’ve gotten remained dedicated to the main focus of psychological well being and effectively being in our neighborhood even when your personal has been minimized, marginalized, and deemphasized. We would like you to know that you’re essential and also you matter to us and to thousands and thousands of girls across the globe. Your life issues. Your work issues. Your pleasure issues. You deserve pleasure. We stand with you.
We salute you for the bravery it has taken to defend your self within the courtroom of public opinion, although you shouldn’t have had to take action in any respect. We increase our voices towards those that have made gentle of this heinous instance of violence towards girls and can drown them out with our calls for for society to take what occurs to Black girls severely. You aren’t alone. You’re believed, beloved, and supported.
We stand with you Megan.
Dr. Brenda Allen, Lincoln College PA
LaTosha Brown, Southern Black Ladies & Girls’s Consortium
Laura Brown, LB Media
Tarana Burke, ‘me too’ Worldwide
Taylor Crumpton, Cultural Critic and Author
Dr. Tiffany Crutcher, Terence Crutcher Basis
Allisa Findley, Sisters of the Motion
Ok.C. Fox, Sisters of the Motion
Angella Henry, DJ Henry Dream Fund
Marc Lamont Hill, Temple College Professor/Journalist
Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, Chair, Home Judiciary Crime Committee (Tx. 18th)
Renee Jarvis, Triangle Home Literary
Alice Eason Jenkins, Southern Black Ladies and Girls’s Consortium
Michelle Kenney, Antwon Rose II Basis
Felecia Fortunate, Black Belt Neighborhood Basis
Tamika D. Mallory, Till Freedom
Alexis McGill Johnson, Deliberate Parenthood Federation of America
Margo Miller, Appalachian Neighborhood Fund
Carmen Perez-Jordan, The Gathering for Justice
Angela Rye, IMPACT Methods
Dr. Topeka Ok. Sam, The Girls of Hope Ministries, INC.
Beverly Smith, SiriusXM
Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA)
L Pleasure Williams