Young Black America – The Wins & Losses of Meek Mill

This week Rihmeek Williams, better known as Platinum selling recording artist Meek Mill was taken into custody after a prison sentencing of two to four years for parole violations.

This comes after two instances where his name was associated with controversy.

While in an airport he was charged with assault for being involved in a fight after refusing to take a photo.

Shortly there after while in Harlem Meek’s love for dirt bikes got the best of as the police noted his Instagram which showed he was “reckless endangerment” as he popped wheelies around the street.

The latter case got dismissed and there was a caveat to his dirt bike incident that along with community service he needed to keep his nose clean for six months.

There are some critics who will state that Meek Mill got exactly what he deserved.

He’s caught a lot of breaks with both of these cases being dismissed but the case referenced travel violations and a drug test that came up positive.

Meek himself has admitted that he’s struggling with addiction, apparently one of the travel violations was because of miscommunication over where he attended rehab.

Even posting on Instagram and making statements explaining his erratic behavior was due to being addicted to percocets and lean.

Though Lil Wayne and Future have made millions praising and describing their relationship with those drugs since Meek is on probation him becoming addicted to prescription drugs wouldn’t lead to a healthy outcome.

Since he was arrested for a gun charge at 19 he’s been probation ever since.

It’s been over ten years and most of his parole violations have been travel violations.

As a popular recording artist the restrictions on his travel affected his business.

He would have to get the judge’s approval to book performances outside of Philly, every time.

Whether it was miscommunication or the speed of going through the system, etc being on probation has screwed over many citizens trying to change their lives.

“Happy New Years to you too. You did your job, I’m out of money. I’m out of all my resources, you made me look like the bad guy in my own community and I appreciate it.”

— Tupac Shakur, Court Room Interview

His situation reminds me of Tupac Shakur.

Tupac was a young revolutionary who gained popularity in both film and music.

Both were assaulted by police at a young age and both were constantly in the headlines for incidents.

From assaulting the Hughes Brothers to being involved in high profile beef with fellow friends turned rivals the system reared it’s ugly head.

Broke and hopeless, Tupac was in jail for a crime he believed he didn’t commit.

Sentenced to one and a half to four and a half years in prison for sexual assault he served nine months and was on appeal.

He signed to Death Row then nine months later died from a drive by shooting.

Meek also had the hammer thrown down in sentencing with the judge, ignoring the prosecutor, gave him a sentence of two to four years.

Meek has an influx of support from fellow artists like T.I. and JAY-Z who called the sentencing “heavy handed”.

With the benefit of social media there’s a petition to reconsider the case and the hashtag #FreeMeekMill has gained traction.

Sometimes it seems probation is better than sitting in a cell but to be honest this might not always be the case.

The system is not for us and it set up for citizens to become repeat offenders and return especially with the advent of mass incarceration due to the privatization of prisons.

“Meanwhile the DEA teamed up with the CCA, they tryna lock niggas up. They tryna make new slaves.

It’s that privately owned prison get your peace today while they all in the Hampton’s bragging about what they made.”

— Kanye West, New Slaves

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