Hip-hop’s most prominent name, Jay-Z is calling for America to fix its broken criminal justice system. In an op-ed penned for the New York Times he criticized the sentencing for Meek Mill who got two-four years prison time for violating probation.
Jay-Z points out, that on the surface Meek Mill’s case may seem like he’s just another rapper who couldn’t get it together, after getting in trouble with the law, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. In reality, Mill has been stalked by a broken criminal justice system, who wants to throw him in prison for the smallest violation.
Mill has been in the system his entire adult life, since getting sentenced to probation at age 19 for possesion of guns and drugs. The rapper is now 30 and was arrested after getting into an altercation at the St. Louis airport, a charge that was later dismissed, after videos were released showing what actually happened. After that incident, he was ticketed for popping a wheelie on his motorcycle while shooting a music video, and was sentenced to traffic school.
Both charges were dropped or dismissed, but the judge sent Mill to prison anyway, and this is not an isolated case, this is an everyday reality for people of color who are systematically oppressed.
Now we have to ask ourselves, is this what we want America to look like in 2017?
Check out Jay-Z's full op-ed over the the New York Times.
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