Ric Wilson has released “Fight Like Ida B & Marsha P,” a new single that is named after civil rights leader Ida B Wells and LGBTQ+ activist Marsha P Johnson.
The Chicago rapper honors female, transgender and non-binary Black lives on the song, in celebration of both the Black Lives Matter movement and Pride Month. “I got bodily autonomy / And its policy is people over property / Treat us like pieces of Monopoly / One day it’ll be nothing but the rich to eat,” he raps over a disco-inspired beat.
“When I think about next level courage to ball your fist up and look bigotry, racism, sexism, homophobia, and transphobia right in the eye and fight against it, I feel like black women like Ida B Wells and non-binary folks like Marsha P Johnson are of the bravest of us all,” Wilson wrote in a series of tweets. “If I’mma fight any injustice, I wanna have the courage of Black queer & femme freedom fighters like them. I believe the liberation of black womxn and black trans womxn lead to the liberation of all black people.”
“I encourage people to study past movement[s] that were jump start or organized by Black Women, LGBTQAI & Non Binary folks,” he added. “If we focus and start understanding the ‘why,’ we will longer waste time arguing on the ‘what.’” Read Wilson’s full Twitter thread here.
“Fight Like Ida B & Marsha P” is the latest single from Wilson. Earlier this year he teamed up with Terrace Martin on the joint EP They Call Me Disco, featuring the song “Chicago Bae.”
Listen to “Fight Like Ida B & Marsha P” below: