Ladies are ready — particularly Black ladies.
For an apology. For regret. For some humility. Hell, for even a modicum of self-awareness.
However I’m not holding my breath for any of that.
On Friday, a jury convicted Tory Lanez, a Canadian rapper whose actual identify is Daystar Peterson, of assault and gun fees within the Hollywood Hills capturing of fellow rapper Megan Thee Stallion, whose actual identify is Megan Pete.
The decision comes greater than two years after Stallion advised police that Lanez attacked her throughout an argument that began whereas using in an SUV alongside Nichols Canyon Highway. When she requested to get out, he shot at her ft — apparently shouting, “Dance, b—!”
The accidents have been so unhealthy that she wanted surgical procedure to take away bullet fragments from her left heel.
The sufferer on this case has all the time been clear. And but, you wouldn’t know that from the misogynistic mess that dominated headlines and social media earlier than and throughout the trial in Los Angeles County Superior Courtroom.
“This whole story has not been about the shooting,” Stallion testified earlier this month. “It’s only been about who I been having sex with.”
Certainly, in hopes of clearing Lanez’s identify, protection attorneys tried to pin the capturing on one other Black girl, trotting out a lame, male-ego-affirming argument in regards to the two ladies getting right into a battle as a result of they have been interested in the identical man — their consumer.
Much more terrible was Lanez himself, who launched a complete album — which wasn’t his hottest, however wasn’t a flop both — about how he was being framed for capturing Stallion and insinuating that she had lied about the entire ordeal.
“How the f— you get shot in your foot,” he rapped, “don’t hit no bones or tendons?”
And reasonably than push again, the response from the broader hip-hop neighborhood ranged from conspicuous silence to outright settlement. Simply final month, Drake rapped on his new music with 21 Savage: “This b— lie about getting shot but she still a stallion.”
That is precisely why #BelieveBlackWomen and #ProtectBlackWomen have been trending on Twitter after the decision. Stallion way back identified how neither tends to occur.
“I was recently the victim of an act of violence by a man. After a party, I was shot twice as I walked away from him. We were not in a relationship. Truthfully, I was shocked that I ended up in that place,” she wrote in an op-ed for the New York Occasions in late 2020.
“My initial silence about what happened was out of fear for myself and my friends. Even as a victim, I have been met with skepticism and judgment. The way people have publicly questioned and debated whether I played a role in my own violent assault proves that my fears about discussing what happened were, unfortunately, warranted.”
On Friday, Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. George Gascón praised Stallion’s “incredible courage” for testifying, regardless of “repeated and grotesque attacks” on her character.
“Women, especially Black women, are afraid to report crimes like assault and sexual violence because they are too often not believed,” he mentioned in an announcement, which alluded to the ladies who testified in opposition to rapist Harvey Weinstein. “This trial, for the second time this month highlighted the numerous ways that our society must do better for women.”
Even in California, ladies, notably Black and queer ladies, are among the many most susceptible. In accordance with the Public Coverage Institute of California, the feminine jail inhabitants has elevated six-fold since 1970 — twice as a lot because the male inhabitants.
And there’s a brief line between ladies who’re incarcerated and girls who’re victims.
Usually, Black ladies find yourself behind bars due to some mixture of poverty, habit and being within the flawed place on the flawed time with the flawed man.
So, I’ll remind you once more about Lanez’s attorneys’ craven technique to persuade the jury that Stallion’s former finest good friend, Kelsey Harris, was actually the shooter.
That didn’t work, clearly. Lanez now faces greater than 20 years in jail.
However a conviction doesn’t essentially imply that Stallion will obtain the apologies she is due, a lot much less see a few of that regret, humility and self-awareness I discussed. The legion of influencers who’ve made limitless excuses for Tory Lanez have been mighty quiet on Friday.
Apart from Lanez’s father. Within the minutes after the decision was learn and Superior Courtroom Decide David Herriford set a sentencing listening to for late January, he jumped up from his seat within the courtroom and began yelling at prosecutors.
“This wicked system!” he mentioned, my colleagues James Queally and Jonah Valdez reported. “You are wicked! You know exactly what you did!”
Outdoors, after sheriff’s deputies had escorted him and different family from the courtroom, Lanez’s father continued ranting, cursing the report label Roc Nation for supposedly rigging the trial and promising a comeuppance from on excessive.
“It’s not over! It is NOT over,” he shouted. “God does not lose!”
Or possibly this isn’t about God.
Perhaps Lanez is simply responsible. And possibly it’s time, as soon as and for all, that we imagine and shield Black ladies.