Thank god Jay Z decided to hire his attorney for 21 Savage, because according to reports he is now on lock down 23 hours out of the day with little to no contact..
21 Savage has now brought attention to how little attention is given to black immigrants, who are largely erased from a larger discussion about immigration and have little access to organizational resources, despite facing a high risk of deportation.
His Manager sent out a tweet that has since been deleted that “Just got off phone wit Savage … he is in lockdown for 23hrs of the day no tv or any communication besides our 10 min phone calls … everything I’ve told him that has been happening made him happy & makes this time fly by thank y’all for the support.”
The issue being bigger than 21 Savage: The very public detainment of 21 Savage, who, his manager claims, is now on lockdown twenty-three hours a day, also seemed to be an ominous warning—a message to black people and other people of color, saying that no amount of money, status, or good behavior (Savage’s philanthropic activities are well documented and extensive) will save you. The ice official’s statement made it clear that Savage’s arrest was about humiliation more than it was about justice. And, unfortunately, the highlighting of his geographic roots—which, by implication, suggested that his depictions of growing up in Georgia’s poorest neighborhoods don’t have artistic credibility—did create a distraction. Commentary on the arbitrary nature of his arrest and, indeed, of ice’s enforcement policies at large, became muted as social media lit up with jokes and memes about whether the rapper has somehow been hiding his British past all this time. Nevertheless, 21 Savage has now brought into focus how little attention is given to black immigrants, who are largely erased from larger discussions about immigration and have little access to organizational resources, despite facing a disproportionately high risk of deportation. The U.S. deported more than twice as many Africans in 2017 as it had the year before, and some fifty thousand Haitians were put at risk that same year after the President announced that their temporary protected status would be..