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Hundreds call for Talib Kweli's suspension from Twitter as he harasses Black woman for a full week


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.



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:

"If you have been active on Twitter for the past week, you have probably seen the online harassment I have been receiving from Talib Kweli and his bots because of [the above tweet]. This tweet was made to address colorism and desirability politics within the Black community: specifically, amongst Black entertainers. This was not an attempt to invalidate the blackness of light-skinned people, but to bring awareness to the well-known fact: that Black rappers, athletes and entertainers prefer to date and marry light-skinned and non-Black women. [...] Calling someone light-skinned is not an insult. It does not invalidate their blackness and the fact that they still face oppression at the hands of white supremacy. If speaking about colorism feels like a personal attack, you should address how you benefit from it.

[...]

"...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."




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.

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Tags: black celebrities, celebrity reactions, celebrity social media, sensitive content, sexism
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