On November 6, Meek Mill was sentenced to two to four years in prison for a probation violation after he got into a fight at St. Louis Lambert International Airport in March 2017. Born Robert Rihmeek William, Meek has been on probation since he was 21 years old after being convicted on gun and drug charges. There has been national outrage over Meek’s imprisonment, with celebrities like Colin Kaepernick, MMG Boss Rick Ross and even Drake speaking out about it.
Last night, the 30-year-old rapper did a phone interview with NBC’s Lester Holt and revealed some hard truths about his case. One, he always knew he would go back to jail with his 10-year probation: “It was always a thought in the back of my mind that 10 years of probation would bring me back to prison,” he said. Clearly, Meek’s 10-year probation is too long, which many young Black men are sentenced to and end up being trapped in. Unfortunately, the criminal justice system is not on the side of Black men, as Slate.com reported in 2015: “Black Americans are more likely to have their probation revoked.”
Meek also said he “[thinks] God delivered me a job to help people—helping minorities that come from these situations like myself. I say don’t show me no pity because this is my life—this is what I’m going through and I think God put me in this position to be able to do a show with Lester Holt and open up eyes for other young Black men.”
Watch the interview below.
Judge Genece E. Brinkley, a Black woman, has been heavily criticized for the way she’s been handling Meek’s case. She’s even been accused of extorting him for personal favors— she reportedly wanted him to leave Roc Nation to sign with an associate of hers, and when Meek declined, he received a harsher sentence. Judge Brinkley has denied all allegations and hired a lawyer to defend herself.
Hopefully, Meek Mill gets justice soon.