Megan Thee Stallion left a memorable impression on the 46th season premiere of Saturday Night Live during her “Savage” performance. The Houston-rapper called out the Kentucky Attorney General, Daniel Cameron, for his part in the Breonna Taylor ruling while also bringing attention to the injustice of Black women and men.
Her performance was interrupted by the sound of shots being fired which was followed by an excerpt from Malcolm X’s famous speech, “Who Taught You To Hate Yourself?”. The speech was delivered at the funeral service of Ronald Stokes, a man killed by the Los Angeles Police Department in 1962, yet still shows the relevancy of his words decades later, “the most disrespected, unprotected, neglected, person in America is a black woman.” The audio plays as Megan and her dancers stand in front of a screen with the message “Protect Our Black Women” written across it. “Who taught you to hate yourself from the top of your head to the soles of your feet.”
Activist Tamika Mallory’s voice follows adding, “Daniel Cameron is no different than the sellout negroes that sold our people into slavery.”
Unfortunately, on September 23 a state grand jury indicted Brett Hankinson, one of the police officers involved in the murder of Taylor, on three counts of wanton endangerment. Essentially, the officer was charged for endangering one of Taylor’s neighbors but not charged for her death.
A little over a week following the grand jury decision, audio recording from the grand jury proceedings was released on October 2. In the roughly 15-hour tape, a juror accuses Cameron of using the jurors “as a shield to deflect accountability and responsibility.”
“We need to protect our Black women and love our Black women, because at the end of the day, we need our Black women,” Megan added. “We need to protect our Black men and stand up for our Black men, because at the end of the day, we’re tired of seeing hashtags of our Black men.”
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