With becoming more involved and hands-on in the public eye as of recent with social justice, Jay-Z thinks it’s necessary that each and every person use the platform possible to them to demand social justice. In an essay Hov wrote he states:
“Look around at what’s happening in your town and your city right now. Think small and you can do much bigger things,” “The power of one voice is strong, but when it comes to social justice the power of our collective voices is unstoppable.”
He continued by saying:
“Now is the time to recognize that through our voices we really can affect change.” “Some of us will do the important work locally at the micro level to awaken our neighbors,” he went on. “Some of us will work for progress regionally. And a few of us will be like Kalief Browder, a modern day prophet whose death two years ago started a discussion that continues today about how poor, black juveniles are treated in the criminal justice system.” “We can work together to demand change from our elected government officials,” he said. “We put them in office, we make the laws, and we show them the path to progress. That is our power and it’s the only way that healing will come for Kalief and his family.”
Jay-Z words are powerful. Since the beginning of African-American’s being integrated into society after enslavement, the main idea of progress has been to get into these official offices and try to fix the system within. Jay-Z is doing his part and now it’s up to everyone to try and do their individual part.
He finishes the essay with discussing his next documentary after the Kalief Browder documentary, he says:
“My hope is for my next documentary…to create a similar conversation that leads to change and helps keep our children safe,” he wrote in the essay. “But social justice isn’t a political issue it’s a human one. It’s a story of empathy. When we are able to identify that we are all not perfect and have compassion for someone else, we can move forward as a society.”