Rapper Mysonne Breaks Down Rape Culture Moments Before Being Arrested For Protesting Kavanaugh's Confirmation
The world needed to hear what he had to say.
October 07, 2018 at 2:22 pm
Protesters descended on the nation's capital to voice their disapproval of the now-confirmed Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. Among the demonstrators stood Bronx rapper Mysonne who gave a crucial breakdown of why Brett Kavanaugh wasn't thoroughly challenged for sexual assault allegations.
“I’m here today because I thought it’s imperative that men don’t only stand with women, but they stand for women,” Mysonne told journalist and activist Chuck Modiano. “And by standing for women, we have to acknowledge that there’s a culture of sexual violence — rape culture — that men have benefited from."
The video, which displayed Mysonne's eloquent and succinct description of rape culture, was tweeted by Modiano and circulated online, reaching outlets like Now This. He was later arrested in front of the U.S. Supreme Court for protesting against Kavanaugh's confirmation, Complex reports.
'We all look at Kavanaugh and we see some similarities to things that happened in our lives.' — This man perfectly described what it means to live in a rape culture pic.twitter.com/2CmjgEITe2
— NowThis (@nowthisnews) October 6, 2018
Thought he’d just focus on Kavanaugh. Instead he gave best response on rape culture I’ve ever heard from a man!
I aspire to be this reflective. Damn!#CancelKavanaugh
— ChuckModi (@ChuckModi1) October 5, 2018
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Today I stood wit Brave MEN!! MEN who decided they werent going to do Nothing! MEN who didnt sit home and critique and Criticize!!! MEN who at a very crucial and Critical time in American History decided they would Stand UP!! I hear so many people ask me why do I keep getting arrested , Why do I keep Marching it doesnt do Anything.. To those people I ask what does doing Nothing do?? Why do you do nothing and worry about those of Us who are on these frontlines Sacrificing!! I know everything we as Black in America have received was do to the sacrifice of those willing to die for our Liberty!! I couldnt be comfortable knowing i was on the wrong side of history. My soul isnt comfortable doing Nothing. For those of you Thinking what happened in This Supreme Court is Only going to Affect white people.. ???? Thats The DUMBEST SHIT EVER!!! Anything that Affects White People Affects people of Color 1000 worse. We will get incarcerated at even higher Rates!! We will continue to be responsible for only 2% of the wealth, BLack people we cant keep sitting home While these People Set The Agenda for your Lives, because you wont realize what youre losing until its too late.. ????✊️???? #GangstButWokeAsFuck #SoulNotForSale #GodsWork #IworkForThePeople
"In order for it to change, men have to change it," he continued. "We all look at [Brett] Kavanaugh, and we see some similarities with things that have happened in our lives. We’ve traumatized some women in a way that we might not even acknowledge because it’s normalized."
Kavanaugh was confirmed with a vote of 50 for and 48 against to become the least popular Supreme Court Justice in modern history, according to Vox.
"And then you realize and listen to these stories of these women; you realize that they’ve been damaged as a result of the things that we took as normal. That comes with accountability," Mysonne added.
“I might not have raped a woman, but I’ve done something that may have traumatized her as a man. That’s why I’m out here.”
Many on Twitter felt moved by his words all the while trying to process what Kavanaugh's confirmation as the 114th Justice means for the country moving forward.
— LEFT???? (@LeftSentThis) October 6, 2018
— Hip Hop Caucus (@HipHopCaucus) October 6, 2018
— Symone D. Sanders (@SymoneDSanders) October 6, 2018
@Mysonne Following because you are a real man, an honorable man, a man who admits that rape culture has permeated every bit of American society & those who recognize it & are willing to take responsibility for their part in it must now stand up for change.
— Lace Reto (@LaceReto1) October 7, 2018
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