By Beth Gault
Democratic Vice Presidential nominee Kamala Harris has thanked the WAP rapper and all around queen Megan Thee Stallion for speaking out about being a Black woman in the US.
Kamala, who is the first Black and Asian Democratic Vice Presidential nominee, tweeted her thanks in response to a New York Times essay penned by Megan.
“Thank you, @theestallion, for using your voice to speak out,” Kamala, who is running with Democratic Presidential nominee and former Vice President Joe Biden, wrote on Twitter.
“Black women DO deserve better. I promise when @JoeBiden and I are elected, we’ll continue to show up not just with lip service, but with action.”
👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾 make sure y’all get up and go vote 💙 https://t.co/NFCw4GmLvoOctober 14, 2020
Megan retweeted Kamala's words, replying with three clapping emojis and encouraging her followers to vote in the upcoming November election.
The essay, entitled Why I speak up for Black Women, explores how Black women are disrespected and disregarded in society and politics in the US.
Megan talks about being a victim of violence and publicly questioned about her role in the violence. She talks of the expectation on Black women to “deliver victory” for Democratic candidates, and yet are still subjected to disrespect and disregard.
A photo posted by @theestallion on Oct 3, 2020 at 10:21pm PDT
In the essay, she writes: “Too many men treat all women as objects, which helps them to justify inflicting abuse against us when we choose to exercise our own free will.
“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.”
It comes after Megan created a new college scholarship for women of colour earlier this week, which will award $10,000 to two very lucky women.
Beth Gault is a freelance journalist and editor. She is the former news editor at fashion magazine Drapers and has written for multiple titles across lifestyle and business media, including GoodtoKnow and Woman’s Own. She loves chatting about ending period poverty, is a self-confessed coffee snob, and is never one to turn down a good book.
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