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"Black women are not naïve. We know that after the last ballot is cast and the vote is tallied, we are likely to go back to fighting for ourselves. "
SBS staff writers

14 Oct 2020 - 11:38 AM  UPDATED 14 Oct 2020 - 11:47 AM

Rapper Megan Thee Stallion has written a powerful op-ed for The New York Times highlighting the importance of Black women as a voting bloc in the upcoming US presidential election along with the day-to-day injustices they continue to experience. 

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

Yet Black women "are still constantly disrespected and disregarded in so many areas of life," the 25-year-old rapper added.

"We deserve to be protected as human beings," she continued. "And we are entitled to our anger about a laundry list of mistreatment and neglect that we suffer."

Megan also addressed her recent performance on Saturday Night Live, during which she was overtly critical of Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron's failure to deliver justice on behalf of Breonna Taylor, who was killed by police in March.

Cameron hit back following the performance, calling it "disgusting."  

"I'm not afraid of criticism," Megan wrote in the NYT.

"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."

Megan concluded the op-ed with a note of optimism, writing: "My hope is that Kamala Harris's candidacy for vice president will usher in an era where Black women in 2020 are no longer 'making history' for achieving things that should have been accomplished decades ago."

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