By: Ana Neal
If you’re a music fan or just a person that hasn’t been living under a rock, you’ve heard about the July 12th shooting of Megan Thee Stallion or Hot Girl Meg. Hot Girl Meg is known as a talented rapper but also a positive, carefree, girl’s girl. When news broke that she was shot, her fans were concerned. Many asked why her supposed friend, Tory Lanez, shot her. While others poked fun at the shooting online. After weeks of negative comments, Megan addressed the shooting on an Instagram live explaining how traumatic the experience was for her. Why did Megan feel the need to do that?
This year, the Black Lives Matter Movement seemed to have an even bigger presence than before because of the pandemic. The organization has been fighting for black lives and supposedly all the intersections that apply. During this movement, we heard about a 19-year-old protester named Oluwatoyin Salau, who was raped and murdered after sharing her sexual assault story online. Aaron Glee, Jr., a black man, confessed to her rape and murder. In a SpectrumNews1 article released earlier this year, Ashlee Marie Preston, who is a civil rights activist and author, said she cried when she turned 36 because most Black transgender women don’t make it past age 35. Who is the black woman’s ally?
In a year where nothing makes sense, the public’s response to a black woman’s pain is not surprising, even when that woman is a well-liked celebrity. Historically, black women have been mistreated and their pain glossed over. A great example of this would be the treatment of black women by the ‘Father of Modern Gynecology’, James Marion Simms. Simms operated on enslaved women with the notions that black women can’t feel pain. That seems to still be the thought process of many.
According to the Institute of Women’s Policy Research’s Status of Black Women in the United States, more than 40% of Black women will experience domestic violence in their lifetime. Black women are 2.5 times more likely to be murdered by men than white women. Megan received a lot of negative comments and even some of her peers chimed in. Rapper 50 cent posted memes mocking the situation. Reality star Draya Michele, a black woman, is even quoted as saying, “I want you to like me so much you shoot me in the foot too.”
Megan explaining the situation on Instagram Live was her way of humanizing herself. Many were making jokes about the shooting without thinking about the impact it had on her. It’s time for the world to see the value of black women. As black people fight against discrimination, they also need to take into account the experience of black women and black trans women in this fight. It’s time to be an ally.
“The most disrespected person in America is the Black woman. The most unprotected person in America is the Black woman,” Malcolm X said in 1962. “The most neglected person in America is the Black woman.”