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Megan Thee Stallion recently wrote an opinion piece for the New York Times titled, Megan Thee Stallion: Why I Speak Up for Black Women.

In the article, she talks about many subjects, including how black women are treated, and the shooting incident with Tory Lanez. Megan starts by saying, “Black women are still constantly disrespected and disregarded in so many areas of life.”

She then talks about Tory. She said, “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.”

“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.”

Megan explains that she’s reflected on the shooting and discusses why there is often violence against women. She says, “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.”

In the lengthy essay, Megan also discusses her recent Saturday Night Live performance and calling out  Kentucky’s Attorney General, Daniel Cameron. She later talks about social media, sexism, women’s bodies, Serena Williams, and the industry trying to pit her against other female rappers and artists.

Read the full piece here.

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