After helping Meek Mill with his legal fees and hiring an attorney to assist 21 Savage’s ICE case, Jay-Z and Roc Nation are continuing to assist those who have been wrongfully targeted. Now they have gotten all charges dismissed against Jabari Talbot, the 6th grader who refused to stand for “The Pledge Of Allegiance.” As previously reported, the incident began when a substitute asked the student to stand for the pledge, the student then expressed the anthem was offensive to black people.
The teacher then replied by telling the student to move away, “Well, you can always go back, because I came here from Cuba and the day I feel like I’m not welcome here anymore would find another place to live.”
The arrest got so much attention that a Roc Nation division whose goal is assisting victims of racial injustice decided to step in. In a statement, Roc attorney Alex Spiro said, “Jabari is a courageous and intelligent young man who deserves all the credit for standing up for his beliefs. He should have never been arrested or entangled in this situation, his freedom of speech rights were clearly protected under the 1st Amendment.”
Jabari’s mother, Dhakira Talbot is very grateful for all the support and everything the Roc Nation team has done for her son.
“My son and I are grateful for all the athletes, entertainers, Roc Nation and community of supporters that have raised awareness about this injustice and showed their support both publicly and privately. Although Jabari’s case has been dismissed, I do want people to know this isn’t just about my son, this prejudice happens to African American kids all across the country,” Talbot said. “The fight isn’t over, which is why I have a civil rights complaint pending with the U.S Department of Education. At the end of the day, I want to ensure that no child ever has o experience this injustice again and we will appreciate everyone’s continued support.”