Rapper Mysonne smacks down rape culture at Kavanaugh protest before arrest
"I’m here today because I thought it’s imperative that men don’t only stand with women, but they stand for women," he said.
Mysonne, the Bronx-based rapper turned activist, was arrested in front of the U.S. Supreme Court on Saturday while protesting Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination.
It’s the second time he has been arrested during a Kavanaugh protest. The first was on Sept. 4. When he said Kavanaugh was “a threat to our democracy.”
Mysonne with a deep message 🗣🗣🗣pic.twitter.com/CFsLCsCXBc
— M.I.YAYO RADIO (@MIYAYORADIO) October 7, 2018
The rapper, whose real name is Mysonne Linen, signed to Def Jam in the late 1990s and shared the stage with the likes of The Lox, DMX, Fat Joe, Mase, and more. He has since become an outspoken activist following his 2006 release from prison on an armed robbery conviction.
Prior to being arrested, he gave an interview that went viral about rape culture and the responsibility men have to stand up to it.
“I’m here today because I thought it’s imperative that men don’t only stand with women, but they stand for women, and by standing for women, we have to acknowledge that there’s a culture of sexual violence—rape culture—that men have benefited from,” he said. ”For it to change, men have to change it. We all look at 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,” he continued. “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.”
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‘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
He also posted a picture on his Instagram during the protest where he said he stood arm-in-arm with protesters
“I know everything we as Black in America have received was due to the sacrifice of those willing to die for our Liberty,” he said. “I couldn’t be comfortable knowing I was on the wrong side of history. My soul isn’t comfortable doing nothing.”
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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
Mysonne was released last night and posted a message on his Instagram this morning.