Tory Lanez is calling for the protection of Black men.
On Tuesday, the Toronto rapper started a petition on Change.org to protest what he feels is unfair treatment of Black male celebrities like himself.
“We are watching the industry and fake cancel culture remove all of our legendary black men , black celebrities and black moguls …..from festivals , from our culture and from our lives,” wrote Tory, who started the petition under the alias “Protect Black Men.” “And it starts with us …. we must make a change .. so we can keep our black men thriving.”
He questioned why Black men are not being supported in the wake of the George Floyd protests. “We stood for equal rights of black men 2 years ago with GEORGE FLOYD .. what changed from ‘then to now’ in regards of the protection of BLACK MEN … ‘a man is not his craft … and the craft should never be judged by the man’ don’t let them use our personal life situations to make fake stories that have been misconstrued to hinder and taint our legacies.”
Tory, who is facing felony assault charges in the shooting of Megan Thee Stallion, claims that Black men are being targeted and their livelihoods are at risk. “STAND FOR US … WE ARE THE BACK BONE OF CULTURE,” he continued. “If we lose this fight we lose the HEAD of the same culture that we have known and loved and OWNED for the last 2000 years … the BLACK MAN NEEDS TO BE PROTECTED . The first step is PROTECTING OUR CULTURE !! HELP US.”
Tory’s petition, which currently has around 400 signatures, comes in the wake of a petition to remove Kanye West from the Coachella lineup after his social media attacks on Kim Kardashian, Pete Davidson, D.L. Hughley, Trevor Noah, and others. That petition has over 32,000 signatures.
After the shooting incident involving Tory in July 2020, Megan Thee Stallion called for the protection of Black women.
“We live in a country where we have the freedom to criticize elected officials. And it’s ridiculous that some people think the simple phrase ‘Protect Black women’ is controversial,” the “Savage” rapper wrote in an op-ed for The New York Times. “We deserve to be protected as human beings. And we are entitled to our anger about a laundry list of mistreatment and neglect that we suffer.”