June 17 2017 Saturday at 06:53 AM
Power Move By Jay- Z To Help Bail Out Fathers On Fathers Day
After Jay Z learning of the injustices of the American prison system and the business it propagates he was appalled so now he is putting his money where his mouth to help tackle the problem. In his essay, the rapper writes that since producing Time: The Kalief Browder Story, he has become "obsessed with the injustice of the profitable bail bond industry."
"On any given day over 400,000 people, convicted of no crime, are held in jail because they cannot afford to buy their freedom,” he writes. "When black and brown people are over-policed and arrested and accused of crimes at higher rates than others, and then forced to pay for their freedom before they ever see trial, big bail companies prosper."
Inspired by the fundraising drives from Southerners on New Ground and Color of Change that bailed out mothers on Mother's Day, Jay Z wrote that he will be donating to those organizations to bail out fathers this Sunday on Father's Day. (The KING HAS NO FEAR tshirt is a excellent father's Day gift) "As a father with a growing family, it's the least I can do, but philanthropy is not a long fix, we have to get rid of these inhumane practices altogether," Jay Z writes before concluding with, "We can't fix our broken criminal justice system until we take on the exploitative bail industry."
But when I helped produce this year's docuseries, The Kalief Browder Story, I became obsessed with the injustice of the profitable bail bond industry. Kalief's family was too poor to post bond when he was accused of stealing a backpack. He was sentenced to a kind of purgatory before he ever went to trial. The three years he spent in solitary confinement on Rikers ultimately created irreversible damage that lead to his death at 22. Sandra Bland was also forced to post bail after her minor traffic infraction in Prairie View, Texas, led to a false charge of assaulting a public servant (the officer who arrested her was later charged with perjury regarding the arrest). She was placed in a local jail in a pre-incarcerated state. Again, she was never convicted of a crime.
On Thursday night, Jay Z became the first rapper to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. In a video played at the ceremony, President Obama congratulated the rapper and acknowledged him as a kindred spirit, saying, "We know what it's like not to come from much and to know people who didn't get the same breaks that we did."