Hip-Hop Artist-Activist Mysonne Arrested For Protesting Kavanaugh Confirmation

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Written by Ann Brown

When protesters descended on the nation’s capital to speak out against Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation for Supreme Court Justice, Bronx-born hip-hop artist Mysonne was in the crowd — and he was arrested for protesting.

“I’m here today because I thought it’s imperative that men don’t only stand with women, but they stand for women, and by standing for women, we have to acknowledge that there’s a culture of sexual violence – rape culture – that men have benefited from,” Mysonne told journalist and activist Chuck Modiano. “For it to change, men have to change it. We all look at Kavanaugh, and we see some similarities with things that have happened in our lives. We’ve traumatized some women in a way that we might not even acknowledge because it’s normalized. And then you realize and listen to these stories of these women; you realize that they’ve been damaged as a result of the things that we took as normal. That comes with accountability.

“I might not have raped a woman, but I’ve done something that may have traumatized her as a man. That’s why I’m out here,” Mysonne said. “In order for it to change, men have to change it,” he continued. “We all look at Kavanaugh, and we see some similarities with things that have happened in our lives. We’ve traumatized some women in a way that we might not even acknowledge because it’s normalized.”

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Mysonne discussed the culture of rape in a video shot at the scene that was tweeted by Modiano and circulated online, reaching outlets like Now This. Shortly after, the rapper was arrested in front of the U.S. Supreme Court for protesting against Kavanaugh’s confirmation, Complex reported.

Mysonne posted images of his arrest on his Instagram, including one of him being handcuffed by the police.

Mysonne, whose mixtapes are legendary, has made a habit of speaking out. While incarcerated for a crime he consistently has said he did not commit, the former Def Jam artist started an organization in 2001 called Universal Soldierz Entertainment. Its motto? “Trust, Respect & Integrity.” The organization’s objective is to bring positive-thinking people together with morality and principles.

Mysonne was arrested for double armed robbery and sentenced to 14 years in prison (later reduced to seven) and released from prison in 2006. In 2010, he signed with The Black Wall Street Records, a label co-founded by Jayceon “Game” Taylor.

Kavanaugh was confirmed with a vote of 50 for and 48 against to become the least popular Supreme Court Justice in modern history, according to Vox.

Hip-hop artists have a history of protesting, either through actions or their rhymes. Mysonne vowed to continued the fight.