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In These Tweets is a weekly cultural dive into trending topics on Twitter. A collection of snapshot analyses on a variety of moments impacting our world. Sometimes serious, sometimes light, always substantive. We outchea, #InTheseTweets.
On August 10, Chicago experienced a chaotic uproar after the shooting of a 20-year-old man in the Englewood neighborhood by Chicago Police. According to the Chicago Tribune “hundreds of people swept through the Magnificent Mile and other parts of downtown Chicago early Monday, smashing windows, looting stores, confronting police and at one point exchanging gunfire with officers”.
And though this particular story is still developing, the narrative is all too familiar. The victim in question allegedly shot at the police while being chased, and though the details may be foggy, what it understood is that American citizens have grown past the point of exhaustion with police violence.
As communities around the nation are having discussions about defunding police departments, it is incidents of use of lethal force that reinforce the call for a different approach to law enforcement. At the time of this writing, there are still unanswered questions, but folks are tired of being ambushed and their outrage is heightened by the acts of public safety officials who have lied in the past about what forced their gun to go off.
McDonald’s sued its former CEO, Steve Easterbrook, for a variety of offenses including “sexting” with a subordinate, fraud and destruction of evidence, according to The New York Times. He was also allegedly involved in a sexual relationship with three McDonald’s employees while he was still head of the company, and gave one of those employees a batch of company shares. The fast food mega corporation is seeking to recoup stock options and other compensation obtained by Easterbrook that have an estimated value of more than $40 million.
It would appear that because Easterbrook knew he was engaging in unethical behavior, he was looking to ensure that he’d be able to retain money by funneling it through one of his sexual partners. Apparently, he forgot the conglomerate he worked for, as it is no way possible that a giant capitalistic enterprise like McDonald’s would allow him to ride off into the sunset with shares of their stock scattered about.
File this under sloppy and triflin’.
President/CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, Vanita Gupta, gave us another reminder of the time that has elapsed since the murder of Breonna Taylor by Louisville Metro Police.
“#BreonnaTaylor was murdered 150 days ago. We have to keep fighting for her and for the justice she deserves. We cannot stop” Gupta tweeted to her following of over 84,000. Advocacy for Breonna Taylor has increased dramatically over the past several weeks as her killers are still roaming about freely.
The pressure has been mounting for months, with several huge names such as Oprah and Beyonce rallying for her justice, and organizations like Until Freedom occupying the streets of Louisville for months seeking justice.
It is again worth echoing Gupta’s sentiments when she says “we cannot stop.” Breonna’s life deserves all the pressure being applied until justice actually prevails.
In a recent interview with Variety rap reigning royalty, Megan Thee Stallion, said that she and fellow Houstonian/the queen of queens, Beyoncé are “like family.” In the interview, Meg recounts her initial meeting with the global icon, stating that within the first five minutes of meeting Queen Bey she felt like she had been knowing her all my life and that the two of them talk all the time.
Meg’s skyrocketing career was tremendously catapulted when Beyoncé appeared on the remix to her hit record “Savage” earlier this summer. But with royal affiliations and an adoring fan base comes an invasion of privacy and salacious rumors that can amplify moments of trauma, most notably the shooting incident where singer Tory Lanez was alleged to have shot Megan in the foot over an altercation.
In spite of the hardships and hate the 25-year-old college student turned top-charting star has endured, she has been the beneficiary of a strong sisterhood from other women of color in the music industry, with Beyoncé being one of her biggest supporters. Currently burning up the charts with her collaboration with Cardi B, Megan Thee Stallion is embodying #BlackGirlMagic and championing the power of solidarity among Black women as a clapback to the type of toxicity women rappers have been subjected to since forever.