Megan Thee Stallion has penned a powerful op-ed that calls for the protection of Black women.
The essay, published on October 13 in the New York Times, was released after news broke that Tory Lanez was charged with assault for a July shooting incident that involved the Houston rapper. In the article, Megan—whose real name is Megan Pete—recalled the night of the shooting.
“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. We were not in a relationship. Truthfully, I was shocked that I ended up in that place.”
Megan said she faced plenty of skepticism and judgement from the public when news reports initially surfaced about her gunshot wounds, adding that people had “questioned and debated whether I played a role in my own violent assault.”
“After a lot of self-reflection on that incident, I’ve 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 continued.
The rapper then emphasized that the issue was especially more intense for Black women. “We deserve to be protected as human beings,” she wrote. “And we are entitled to our anger about a laundry list of mistreatment and neglect that we suffer.”
Lanez appeared in court the same day the article was published. According to Billboard, the Canadian native did not enter a plea and posted bail of $190,000. However, the judge issued a protective order against Lanez, which prohibits him from contacting the victim of his assault charge. He was also forced to surrender all his guns.
Last Friday, Lanez took to social media to maintain his innocence, saying that “the truth will come to light.” “I have all faith in God to show that … love to all my fans and people that have stayed true to me & know my heart … a charge is not a conviction,” he wrote.
Read Megan’s full NYT op-ed here.