GQ Magazine's 2017 Citizen Of The Year is sure living up to his title today.
Colin Kaepernick took to Twitter Monday afternoon to voice his support for rapper Meek Mill, who was recently sentenced to two to four years in prison after a judge found him guilty of violating his probation from a 2008 gun and drug case.
"Sadly there are Black folks going through the same radicalized injustice(s) within the justice system that Meek Mill has experienced for over a decade EVERY SINGLE DAY," wrote the former 49ers quarterback, 30. "This requires more than just gradual reform in laws—It requires a swift overhaul."
Kaepernick posted a lengthier message about Meek's prison sentence on Instagram later that day, explaining that America's prisons are "Disproportionately ... filled with Black bodies."
"Roughly 2.2 million people are incarcerated in the United States, an increase of 1.9 million since 1972," he wrote. "America professes to be the land of the free, yet it has the world’s largest prison population – with one-quarter of the globes prisoners, and just 5% of the total population."
Kaepernick continued: "This criminal (in)justice system, ripe with racial discrimination, stigmatizes, profiles, and targets young Black men for arrest at a young age, having its roots in their hyper-policed neighborhoods that they are raised in, and sadly extending into what should be a safe space—the classroom, via the school to prison pipeline. Meek Mill is a victim of this systemic oppression."
"Yes, there needs to be action surrounding sentencing reform, but there needs to also be action taken around abolishing the racialized norms of injustice that can lead to Meek Mill serving 2-4 years in prison for non-violent parole violations, and Brock Turner only serving 3 months in prison for three felony counts of sexual assault," he concluded.
Kaepernick joins Meek's growing list of A-list supporters, which includes hip-hop legends JAY-Z and T.I. as well as rapper Rick Ross and former basketball player Julius "Dr. J" Erving — both of whom were scheduled to lead a Philadelphia rally in response to Meek's prison sentence Monday afternoon.
Attorney Joe Tacopina, who represents Meek, told TMZ last week that he believes the judge is biased against his client and plans to appeal.