"His is the kind of story that you can't ignore, and people are starting to see that what happened to him is not an isolated case," writes JAY-Z of Kalief Browder, who committed suicide after he was held without trial on Riker's Island, most in solitary confinement, for three years. "He's just one example in a system that is broken. We need to be the ones who fix it."
JAY-Z wrote that the impact of Kalief Browder's story has shown him the importance those types of projects could have. He is hoping that his next project, Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story, will help "create a similar conversation that leads to change." JAY-Z will also be creating a program with National Geographic, handling race and inequality.
"But social justice isn't a political issue. It's a human issue," writes JAY-Z, before calling his readers to action. "It's a story of empathy. When we are able to identify that we are all not perfect and have compassion for someone else, we can move forward as a society."
Read JAY-Z's entire essay here.