Pusha T Pens Open Letter To Six-Year-Old Anti-Gun Violence Advocate
Pusha T has extended an open hand (and scholarship) to six-year-old Jeffrey “Lil J” Laney.
Pusha T has fought hard to spread the word about prison incarceration in this country, while sharing hopes to reform it + gun violence in America. His chat with Hillary Clinton was of particular note because it brought to light his first-hand accounts of friends + family who dealt with the issues directly.
Struck by the poignancy of six-year-old Jeffrey “Lil J” Laney‘s online Facebook video, posted by his mother, Pusha T has elicited a call-to-action for his fans + community to rally behind him and Lil J to address prison + gun violence reform. If you haven’t seen the video, please do so here, and note that this kid is brave and very thoughtful with his remarks.
Pusha T wrote an open letter to Lil J, thanking him for his service, while setting up a college fund for him and offering him a grand experience for the summer: a trip to Six Flags, a summer camp session with Boys & Girls Club and an exclusive screening of Spider-Man: Homecoming. Proof is in the pudding of action, America, and right now Pusha T is leading the fight to ensure a bright future for our black excellence babies.
Read the full transcript of Pusha T’s heartfelt letter below + continue to support the fight to end gun violence in America:
“Dear Lil J,
Hi, my name is Terrence “Pusha T” Thornton. I saw your video and I’m really sorry that you are having to deal with people shooting guns and hurting others where you live. A lot of people can’t imagine how hard it is being a kid where you are from, If I were you, I would be scared too. But I thought it was very brave of you to speak up and try to help your family, friends, and community. There a lot of 6yr olds all over the United States who are scared just like you and guess who their Super Hero is…YOU!!
Your video really woke me up. You are a thoughtful and smart kid already at such a young age already, I can tell. You spoke so clearly but about something so terrible in gun violence and fear which is something no child should be speaking about with so much knowledge. I would much rather you taught me how to play video games or build a car or about the latest comic book you read and if you think Spiderman really is better than Batman. I know I can’t solve all of your problems at once but hopefully this is a start. Hopefully other men in our communities see this video and also realize that a 6 year old boy just challenged us all to do better. No matter where we are in life we have to look out for the youth. As someone who’s familiar with places not too different from where you are, please believe me your options are endless and there is so much more to the world than your neighborhood. You have your life in front of you and you should enjoy every moment of it and more importantly LOOK FORWARD not behind you or around you and worry.
Since you like helping people I wanna help you. What I’m gonna do for you is make sure that you have the fun that every 6yr old should have this summer. I’m sending you, your cousins Janiya and Brandon to Six Flags Amusement Park in St Louis, I know you guys are gonna have the best time. When you arrive back, all of you will all start summer camp at the boys and girls club. All summer long you will be learning, playing, and meeting new friends. I heard that you love Spider Man so I’m gonna make sure that you will be one of the first to see new Spider-Man movie next month!! I also sent some things to your house for the times you aren’t away at camp. There are some games, books, an iPad and other toys to help you enjoy the summer and beyond. I can’t wait to hear about which books you liked better and which car was the fastest. I hope the package encourages you to learn new things and most importantly, imagine.
Lil J I want you to do me a favor and enjoy being 6 yrs old. Smile more than frown, explore without fear, learn uncontrollably, dream without limits.
P.S. I started this thing called a college fund for you…it’s for when you grow up a little, you don’t have to worry about it now but when you do need it, it’s there for you.
Terrence “Pusha -T” Thornton”
Pusha’s response is another step in his quest to create a dialogue of change around our prison systems and communities. After teaming up with President Barack Obama‘s “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative, the G.O.O.D. Music president is inspired to look out for others and help them to achieve their dreams. “I wouldn’t be where I am today if someone hadn’t looked for me,” Pusha said. “That’s why I am committing myself to you and young men like you, and encouraging all of my friends and fans to be their brother’s keeper.”