Megan Thee Stallion used her performance on the season 46 premiere of Saturday Night Live to call out Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron for his handling of the Breonna Taylor case.
While performing her hit single “Savage,” the rapper delivered a message to Cameron.
Halfway through the song, the lights dimmed and a recording of Malcolm X began to play, saying: “The most disrespected, unprotected and neglected person in America is the Black woman. Who taught you to hate the texture of your hair, the color of your skin, the shape of your nose? Who taught you to hate yourself from the top of your head to the soles of your feet?”
It was immediately followed by the voice of activist Tamika Mallory, who criticized Cameron following the announcement last month that no officers would be charged directly with Taylor’s death. “Daniel Cameron is no different than the sell-out negroes who sold our people into slavery,” Mallory could be heard saying.
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Megan then told the audience, “We need to protect our Black women, and love our Black women because at the end of the day, we need our Black women. 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.”
The rapper’s words were even more poignant because she was shot at a party in Los Angeles this past summer.
Taylor was fatally shot in her home when Louisville police officers executed a “no-knock” warrant in a narcotics investigation on March 13. Her boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, was legally armed and said he believed the home was being broken into. Walker fired a shot and injured an officer. The officers returned fire killing Taylor.
After six months, one officer was indicted with wanton endangerment for the bullets that flew into a neighboring apartment. Cameron, who is Kentucky’s first Black attorney general, has faced sharp criticism since the grand jury’s decision.