#FortheCULTURE: Shawn Carter's Pledge to the PEOPLE
A Florida 6th grader, Jabari Talbot, was arrested and discipline for not standing for the Pledge of Allegiance. Jabari was charged for disrupting a school function and resisting arrest without violence.
Jabari who attends Lawton Chiles Middle Academy in Lakeland, Fla., refused a substitute teacher’s order to stand during the Pledge of Alliance, something the school has admitted he didn’t actually have to do.The student reportedly told the teacher that the flag was racist against Black people.
In a statement to the district, the substitute teacher reportedly told the student, “Why if it was so bad here he did not go to another place to live.” She said he then said, “they brought me here.”She claims he replied by saying, “Well you can always go back, because I came here from Cuba and the day I feel I’m not welcome here anymore I would find another place to live.”She wrote, “Then I had to call the office because I did not want to continue dealing with him.”
Jabari was able to be free of all charges because of Jay Z's Team ROC, an organization that fights against social and racial injustice.
Shout out to Jabari for STANDING FOR SOMETHING! Shout out to JAY Z for creating an organization for the people!