Lil Nas X is hoping to address the disproportionate impact of cash bail on Black Americans.
The singer, who released his latest song “Industry Baby” this week, about being incarcerated in a fictional prison, is using his platform to not only highlight the need for bail reform, but also to raise funds to cover bail for those who can’t afford it.
He’s teamed up with non-profit organisation, The Bail Project to create the “Bail X Fund” and has already raised over US $40,000.
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In an open letter, Lil Nas explains why this fund is so important:
“This isn’t just theoretical for me. It’s personal. I know the pain that incarceration brings to a family. And I know the disproportionate impact that cash bail has on Black Americans.”
According to research organisation, Prison Policy Initiative, Black people across the US receive bail amounts up to two times as high as their white counterparts and on average, the bond is $10,000 higher for Black men.
Lil Nas’ letter continues, “So I’m doing something about it and I invite you to join me. Ending cash bail is one of the most important civil rights issues of our time. Donate what you can to the Bail X Fund. Let’s bring people home & let’s fight for freedom and equality.”
To date, The Bail Project has posted over $47 million in free bail assistance, helping over 17,000 people. They also provide post-release support through court reminders, free transportation as well as referrals for housing, treatment and any other services that may be required.
You can learn more about the Bail X Fund HERE.
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