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Why Are Black Women Forced To Defend Their Victimhood?

Both Megan The Stallion and Lizzo can’t catch a break

Ezinne Ukoha
5 min readMay 1, 2022


It’s hard to believe that it was back in 2020 when the breaking news confirmed that Megan Thee Stallion had been shot. As details emerged about what went down that fateful night, things took an ominous turn as the pieces slowly came together to create even more confusion and chaos.

Megan and rapper Tory Lanez were riding in a car with another female passenger, heading back from a Hollywood night out at the home of “self-made billionaire” Kylie Jenner, when all hell broke loose. In the middle of the commotion, Megan is hit by two gun shots aimed at her foot and Tory Lanez is allegedly the perpetrator who fired the bullets during a heated back and forth that turned into a bloody assault.

We can’t forget the hectic scene in the aftermath of the shooting as viral clips captured an injured Black woman exiting the vehicle and limping with pain as she surrenders to the arriving police officers who arrest Tory Lanez, charging him with felony assault.

Two years later, and the debates about whether or not Megan is the real victim or a teary-eyed whiner who isn’t telling the whole truth about what happened the night she was shot continues to rage on with the familiar undertones of malice and utter disrespect levied against an innocent target.

It doesn’t help that Megan recently sat down for an in depth interview with CBS staple Gayle King who is notorious for asking the cringey questions that hit way below the belt. King unleashed her signature swing with pointed inquiries to establish the nature of the relationship between the shooter and the victim. Megan denied having romantic ties with Tory Lanez. Unfortunately, that TV moment has fueled a movement of naysayers who are convinced that the Houston-born rapper is outright lying about the events that led to her nightmare.

King allowed the 27-year-old to once again share her testimony with the earnestness and visible distress that has been on display since her harrowing experience became a salacious item for tabloids and online trolls, relentlessly scavenging for reasons to re-traumatize an already scarred victim.