Hundreds of Twitter users are calling for Talib Kweli's suspension from the platform today, as the rapper spent a seventh consecutive day harassing a dark-skinned Black woman who dared point out a trend in the relationships of Black men in hip-hop.
It all started July 9, when Maya Moody (@moneyymaya) retweeted a list of rappers married to Black women to clarify that the majority of said wives were light-skinned. Among the men named was Kweli, who interpreted Moody's observation as a denial of wife DJ Eque's blackness and went on the defensive.
Literally almost all of them are married to light skinned women but that’s a conversation for another day. https://t.co/vW9QcsD3xa— Maya Angelique👑 (@moneyymaya) July 9, 2020
But what started out as an unpleasant interaction with a public figure quickly devolved into a nightmare of harassment, as Kweli's 1 million followers were brought into the conversation and encouraged to attack Moody on the rapper's behalf. Now (a full week later), Moody has released a statement laying out the scope of Kweli and his supporters' abuse, which includes threats of homicide and human trafficking against members of her family and doxing.
The statement reads, in part:
"...Talib Kweli has been on a week-long harassment spree directed at me via Twitter and Instagram, which has led to his followers threatening to murder my family and I for [my] tweet. I have also been threatened with human trafficking, and [his followers] have been posting pictures of my parents online, who are ALL federal employees, along with their full names, where we live, and my stepmother's old job and salary. [...] a paid employee of Kweli... provides [him] with the usernames of those he wants targeted and harassed... I am not the first or only victim of this behavior from Talib Kweli. He has harassed whoever has come to my aid, and his bots have attempted to leak IP addresses, stalk and harass other people's families... He has made slanderous, derogatory videos about me, encouraging his bots and followers to persist."
Protect black women in more than just theory. I said what I said. Love you. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/4B0qN5k3mG— Maya Angelique👑 (@moneyymaya) July 17, 2020
Moody also pointed out the various accusations of impropriety that have been leveled against Kweli over the years, including [sensitive content]sexual assault of a minor and sexual harassment.