Black women are ‘constantly disrespected’ in life

Jennifer Hudson holding a sign posing for the camera: Megan Thee Stallion

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Megan Thee Stallion

Megan Thee Stallion believes Black women are “constantly disrespected” in life.

The ‘WAP’ hitmaker has penned an op-ed piece for the New York Times titled ‘Why I Speak Up for Black Women’ ahead of the upcoming US presidential election, where she says Black women are “disregarded in so many areas of life”, despite making up one of the most “highly courted voting blocs” in America.

She wrote: “In the weeks leading up to the election, Black women are expected once again to deliver victory for Democratic candidates. We have gone from being unable to vote legally to a highly courted voting bloc – all in little more than a century.

“Despite this and despite the way so many have embraced messages about racial justice this year. Black women are still constantly disrespected and disregarded in so many areas of life.”

Megan went on to say the cards are stacked against Black women from a young age, as they must “struggle against stereotypes” and often “put too much value” in how they are seen by others.

She added: “From the moment we begin to navigate the intricacies of adolescence, we feel the weight of this threat, and the weight of contradictory expectations and misguided preconceptions. Many of us begin to put too much value to how we are seen by others. That’s if we are seen at all.

“The issue is even more intense for Black women, who struggle against stereotypes and are seen 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.”

And the 25-year-old rapper also hit out at people who try to “pit women against one another”, insisting all women are “unique” in their own ways.

She wrote: “In every industry, women are pitted against one another, but especially in hip-hop, where it seems as if the male-dominated ecosystem can handle only one female rapper at a time. Countless times, people have tried to pit me against Nicki Minaj and Cardi B, two incredible entertainers and strong women. I’m not ‘the new’ anyone; we are all unique in our own ways.”

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