Common, Questlove, Nas & More Speak Out Against Trump's Family Separation Policy
Rappers have come out strong against Trump’s new policy
Last month, President Donald Trump’s Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced a new “zero tolerance” policy when it comes to immigrants who try to cross the border. When Sessions made the announcement, the AG said: “If you are smuggling a child then we will prosecute you, and that child will be separated from you as required by law.”
Since then, more than 2,000 children have been separated from their parents at the border. These children are being placed in makeshift tents and centers, while their parents are being prosecuted.
The new policy and the treatment these children have dominated news coverage. You can’t ignore the story anymore.
Celebrities and rappers aren’t quiet, either. These pop culture figures have been speaking out against the images and details that are being released. Some have released details about how you can help. Others have shared the harrowing video of Rachel Maddow crying during a newscast on Tuesday evening.
Scroll down to see what Questlove, Common, Nas, T.I.,Lin-Manuel Miranda, Diddy, and more are saying about Trump and his “zero tolerance” policy.
An argument I hear a lot is “well what am I saying “yes” to? Well let’s start here. Voting in midterms can be the first step in helping to end this nightmare we are in (never letting up and getting all celebratory like 2008 “I voted for Obama” clearly has shown that ain’t enough. Follow @moveon for suggestions.
“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. pic.twitter.com/X8rOVv3Du6
— COMMON (@common) June 20, 2018
”Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. pic.twitter.com/QD2EOJOX5S
— COMMON (@common) June 20, 2018
God help us! We ALL HAVE TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT THIS!!! I don’t know what it is yet. But when I do I’ll let you know. I do know this. We must pray. We must LOVE. AND NOW WE MUST FIGHT! My heart is broken. And my prayers and concerns go out to all of the children and the families. These are all our babies! We must protect the children. GOD HELP US.
haven’t spoken because the words seem so redundant and full of anger. i’m angry. i’m sad. i’m disappointed. the worst is that i’m not surprised. we know this country is absolutely not shit but right now our government is saying “we ain’t shit” wit their whole chests. feeling helpless is damaging but there ARE ways to try. the worst thing you can do is not try when opportunities to are presented. my heart is with these kids, and their parents. this is a next fucking level.
You try to tell me things have changed. We give you example after example of what American really is. #Postracial my a*%. When it all blows “America” will blame everyone and everything but it’s self. #Repost @troubleman31 ・・・ This is America!!!! The Constitution ain’t shit but a piece of paper wit words on it. This IS NOT THE GREATEST NATION IN THE WORLD!!!! Who tortures and terrorizes children just to suit their own selfish agendas?!?! This is next level antichrist demonic spirited sh*t!!!!
Seriously, fuck you. Reunite the families at the border and we can talk about father’s day. https://t.co/bbG0gVqfzq
— John Legend (@johnlegend) June 16, 2018
I look at myself as a girl and imagine having to travel unsafely in a quest for safety. Be forcibly separated from my mother. Caged with people I don’t know and who don’t know me. Alone in a world I don’t understand. Imagine this for the child you were. We cannot allow this. pic.twitter.com/JIWOiWDXvu
— Ava DuVernay (@ava) June 20, 2018
Same boat as you, Pa.
Sick to my stomach and heartbroken for our nation this Father’s Day.
Love you. https://t.co/Eu6HL1SMyf
— 🇵🇷 Lin-Manuel Miranda 🏳️🌈 (@Lin_Manuel) June 17, 2018