Megan Thee Stallion took the Saturday Night Live stage to make a statement during the performance of her chart-topping single “Savage” in support of Breonna Taylor. The rapper was the musical guest for SNL’s season 46 premiere Oct. 3 hosted by Chris Rock where she made a case for support Taylor and protect all Black women. Midway through the track, the audio of shots being fired plays as bullet holes appear in the screen behind Megan and the dancers. Malcolm X’s “Who Taught You to Hate Yourself?” speech from 1962 plays where he explains the plight of the Black woman in the United States.
“The most disrespected, unprotected, 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?”
The audio then segued into audio from activist Tamika Mallory taking aim at the Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron, the first African American to hold the state’s attorney general post. Cameron did not seek charges against officers in Breonna Taylor’s shooting saying officers Myles Cosgrove and Jonathan Mattingly, two of the three officers who fired shots that night, “were justified in their acts and their conduct” because they were defending themselves.
Mallory can be heard saying: “Daniel Cameron is no different than the sellout Negroes that sold our people into slavery.”
Megan then spoke up saying: “We need to protect our Black women, love our Black women, because at the end of the day, we need our Black women,” Megan closed out her message. “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.”
Taylor, 26, was killed in the hallway of her home on March 13 after the Louisville police officers in plainclothes raided her home with a no-knock warrant. Last month, a Kentucky grand jury indicted former police officer Brett Hankison on three counts of wanton endangerment for firing bullets that went into the neighboring apartment. However, no indictment was returned against Jonathan Mattingly and Myles Cosgrove, who fired the bullets that killed Taylor. In September the city of Louisville agreed to pay Taylor’s mother, Tamika Palmer, $12 million — a record settlement against the Louisville Metro Police Department. They also promised more than a dozen police reforms in an attempt to avoid what happened to Taylor to happen again.
“I am an angry Black woman. I am not angry for the reasons that you would like me to be. But angry because our Black women keep dying at the hands of police officers — and Black men,” Palmer wrote in a statement read by a relative during a march in Louisville in September demanding evidence in her case be released.