Megan Thee Stallion (née Megan Pete) is not afraid to tell it like it is — even less so in a country where the lives of people of color still don’t matter.
In a timely opinion column for the New York Times, Stallion breaks the silence about her experience with extreme gender-based violence, multiple prejudices, and political opportunism when it comes to taking the voice of women of color into account.
“In the weeks leading up to the election, Black women are expected once again to deliver victory for Democratic candidates,” she wrote. “We have gone from being unable to vote legally to a highly courted voting bloc — all in little more than a century.”
In a text accompanied by a powerful video, the entertainer sheds light on the “contradictory expectations and misguided preconceptions” imposed on Black women since their adolescence, including hypersexuality.
Although the double standard to which we women are subject is well known, Stallion explains that for Black women, it is “even more intense,” having to struggle against stereotypes where they are portrayed “as angry or threatening when we try to stand up for ourselves and our sisters.”
“There’s not much room for passionate advocacy if you are a Black woman,” she argues.
At the center of her speech is the death of Breonna Taylor, and her decision to use the Saturday Night Live stage to criticize the Kentucky authorities’ handling of the case, for which she was heavily criticized.
“But you know what? I’m not afraid of criticism,” she says. “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. 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.”
At a critical time for communities of color, especially women of color, Stallion’s voice resonates loudly. Not just because of the injustices that are fought on the streets, or because of the candidacy of the first woman of color for vice president, but because of a historic unpaid bill for years of injustices that are doubly reflected among Black women.
“Black women are not naïve,” she concludes. “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.”