Jay Z is celebrating Father's Day by helping bail dads out of jail, and cue all the tears
If anyone is having an amazing Father’s Day today, it’s probably Jay Z, right? The rapper has just welcomed twins with wife Beyoncé, and in an effort to give back, Jay is celebrating by bailing fathers out of jail so they, too, can have the opportunity to spend this special day with their children. But this isn’t just about Father’s Day, it’s about taking a stand and tackling the injustices of the American prison system — which mostly impacts people of color.
Mr. Sean Carter penned an op-ed for Time, writing that he was inspired by the fundraising efforts of Southerners on New Ground and Color of Change, two organizations that bailed out over 100 mothers on Mother’s Day. Jay Z said he will be donating to those organizations to bail out fathers on Father’s Day.
Jay Z went on to explain how he plans to use this Father’s Day gesture to make a statement about America’s bail bond industry.
In his essay, the rapper writes that since producing Time: The Kalief Browder Story, about a 16 year old who spent three years on Rikers Island without ever being convicted of a crime, he has become “obsessed with the injustice of the profitable bail bond industry.”
He said, “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.”
Kalief’s story is just one of many examples of how not being able to afford bail and proper legal representation can potentially put innocent people in dangerous situations. Remember Sandra Bland? #SayHerName
Earlier this week, Jay Z became the first rapper to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. He quickly went on a little tweeting spree sending thank you’s to everyone who has inspired him over the years. He also shared a video message from President Obama congratulating him on the accomplishment and 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.”