Selah Marley reacts to Kanye's ‘White Lives Matter’ sweatshirt backlash
Selah Marley was slammed for wearing a Kanye West-designed White Lives Matter sweatshirt
The 23-year-old said that those who trolled her are suffering from a “hive mentality”
Selah also shared a screenshot of a text she recently sent to Kanye West
Bob Marley’s granddaughter, Selah Marley, responded to the backlash she faced for wearing a Kanye West-designed White Lives Matter sweatshirt at the rapper’s Yeezy Fashion Show in Paris on Tuesday.
The controversial “White Lives Matter” tee—a design loudly blasted by activists, entertainers, fashion figures, etc for being a dismissive retort to the Black Lives Matter movement, which began as a protest against anti-Black violence and police brutality.
The 23-year-old said that those who trolled her are suffering from a “hive mentality.”
Many social media users slammed Selah saying that her wearing the sweatshirt was a slap in the face to her family, which has spent years advocating for racial justice.
She hit back by saying, “You cannot bully me, manipulate me, or coax me into silence.”
In a message on her Instagram stories, she wrote: “The past 24 hours has allowed me to realise that most of yall are stuck in a hive mentality.
“You do what the group tells you to think. Witnessing someone break free from ‘the agenda’ sends you all into such a panic that you will do whatever it takes to force them back into the box that you feel they should exist in.
“All morale and empathy is eliminated due to the fact that you feel justified by your emotions. The victim becomes the victimiser. You cannot bully me, manipulate me, or coax me into silence," she said.
“Nor will you bully me into being who you want me to be. I don’t care how many tweets you make, DMs you send, or articles you write.
“Throughout all of the chaos, I have yet to speak on my experience. If you know me, you know that nothing I do is without deep thought and intention," she added. “Wait till you hear what I have to say.”
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Selah also shared a screenshot of a text she recently sent to Kanye, proposing she and he “continue that conversation” to provide more clarity.
“I love taking risks & embracing freedom,” she wrote, “but in this case, I think we can continue to discuss the depth behind our decisions to show the purity of our intentions & provide healing to our community.”