By Njera Perkins
It’s been a hectic month for Meek Mill. Despite trying to right his wrongs, a judge didn’t have mercy on him when she sentenced him to serve two to four years in prison for violating his probation. Immediately the #FreeMeek hashtag was spread to the masses and people began protesting against the harsh sentence.
Now some may see this as another rapper who just couldn’t get his act together, but the punishment for this situation doesn’t add up to the violation. In light of this unfortunate event, the media has been in an uphevel and his supporters as well as activists have been speaking up on behalf of Meek Mill. Among them is well known criminal justice activist, Jay-Z, who’s been one of the few individuals who continues to speak up in support of the fellow rapper.
In a new op-ed for the New York Times, Jay-Z writes about how unfair the judge’s decision was, how probation is a trap, and how crooked our criminal justice system is when it comes to black people. “What’s happening to Meek Mill is just one example of how our criminal justice system entraps and harasses hundreds of thousands of black people every day.” […] ” Instead of a second chance, probation ends up being a land mine with a random misstep bringing consequences greater than the crime. A person on probation can end up in jail over a technical violation like missing a curfew.”
The op-ed, published Friday morning, is one of many open-minded pieces written by Jay-Z over the years that voices his opinion on our justice system. He even stopped his concert in Dallas last week to speak his piece on Meek Mill’s situation. He continues his tireless work of activism after producing a TV series on the life of Kalief Browder and is currently working on a docuseries for Trayvon Martin.
The op-ed is a very moving piece that everyone should check out. Read it in full here.