“The current shooting of Megan Thee Stallion shows the world still doesn’t care about Black women” says report.
While it has been an exhausting year for Black women, from the murders of Breonna Taylor and activist Toyin Salau to the killings of Black transgender women, we have had to watch the world fail us over and over again, and in real time.
And now, it’s happening again with rapper Megan Thee Stallion. In early July, the Houston artist was reportedly shot in the foot following an argument with rapper Tory Lanez. Lanez was arrested that same night on a felony charge of carrying a concealed weapon in a vehicle and was later released on bond.
Meg – whose real name is Megan Pete – later wrote on her Instagram page that she had “suffered gunshot wounds, as a result of a crime that was committed against [her]” and was done with the intention to harm her.
And although many of the facts of the case remain unclear, one thing is for sure; Meg hasn’t gotten the care, respect or empathy she deserves from the media or the public.
Shortly after the incident, social media users immediately began making jokes, and speculation flew about what probably transpired between the two.
Despite support from some users – mostly Black women – who stood up in her defence, the episode has been largely ridiculed or simply ignored. Not only has there been little media coverage of the shooting itself, even a few public figures joined in the pile-on with crude remarks and harmful transphobic jokes.