Accompanied by a two-minute clip that questions the legitimacy of a racist system, Meek writes with conviction as he speaks from a place of first-hand mistreatment, shedding light on the strong bias the criminal justice system currently thrives on.
“Like many who are currently incarcerated, I was the victim of a miscarriage of justice — carried out by an untruthful officer…and an unfair judge,” Meek writes, linking back to a report that details the alleged misconduct of Reginald V. Graham, the officer who charged the artist with 19 counts of drug and gun-related charges back in 2007.
Detailing his personal experiences, Meek cites the unfavorable statistics that black and Latino bodies often face– briefly mentioning that his “blessing” is not representative of the system as a whole.
“We all need to hold our lawmakers accountable for supporting unfair or inhumane policies and all practices that perpetuate injustice, especially for the blacks and Latinos who fall prey to them most frequently,” demands the “Oodles O’ Noodles Babies” rapper.
In working to set a positive example, the 31-year-old unveiled his forthcoming plan to launch a foundation that will be dedicated to achieving real change. Urging supporters to band together to solve what he calls “the moral crisis of our time,” Meek advocates for stronger prison rehabilitation programs, the abolishment of unfair, “technical violations” and shortened probation periods for those who demonstrate good behavior.
Despite his countless run-ins with the law, Meek chooses to see the world through rose-colored glasses. He’s looking to spearhead a movement that could change the course of history and erase the “persistent stain on our society” that is mass-incarceration and the prison-industrial complex.
Read the full op-ed here.