JAY-Z‘s Roc Nation lately rallied in assist of Jabari Talbot, a Sixth grade boy who was arrested final month after he refused to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance. The incident occurred on Feb. four at Lawton Chiles Middle Academy in Lakeland, Florida. According to Bay News 9, Jabari defined to his substitute instructor that he wouldn't take part within the pledge as a result of “the flag was racist and the nationwide anthem was offensive to black folks.”
The instructor, Ana Alvarez, then requested the scholar why he didn’t merely depart the nation if he hated it a lot; Jabari reportedly responded: “They introduced me right here.”
“Well you possibly can all the time return as a result of I got here right here from Cuba,” she responded, “and the day I really feel I’m not welcome right here any extra I'd discover one other place to dwell.”
Shortly after, Jabari was arrested by a college useful resource officer, who claimed the scholar was being disruptive and refused to obey instructions. An arrest affidavit states that Jabari threatened the substitute instructor with bodily violence and advised the precept and arresting officer he would get them fired.
The baby’s arrest finally caught the eye of Team ROC, a division of Roc Nation that’s devoted to helping victims of racial injustice. The crew has been concerned in quite a few high-profile instances, together with 21 Savage’s legal battle against ICE.
Team Roc known as on famed lawyer Alex Spiro to deal with Jabari’s case. “Jabari is a brave and clever younger man who deserves all of the credit score for standing up for his beliefs,” Spiro mentioned in a press release. “He ought to’ve by no means been arrested or entangled on this state of affairs—his freedom of speech rights have been clearly protected beneath the first Amendment.”
After receiving a wave of assist, Jabari’s case has since been dismissed. The Sixth-grader’s mom, Dhakira Talbot, thanked the Roc Nation household for all their efforts and committment to justice.
“My son and I are grateful for all of the athletes, entertainers, Roc Nation and group of supporters which have raised consciousness about this injustice and confirmed their assist—each publicly and privately […]” she mentioned. “Although Jabari’s case has been dismissed, I do need folks to know this isn’t nearly my son—this prejudice occurs to African-American children all throughout the nation. The combat isn’t over, which is why I've a civil rights grievance pending with the U.S. Department of Education. At the tip of the day, I wish to make sure that no baby ever has to expertise this injustice once more and we'll recognize everybody’s continued assist.”