Roc Nation is fighting for the rights of all. Team Roc’s latest victory proves you don’t have to be a celebrity to receive help.
The philanthropic division of JAY-Z’s organization placed its support around 11-year-old Jabari Talbot. The 6th grader was arrested last month after refusing to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance.
With the help of Team Roc, Talbot’s case has since been dismissed.
The system tried to force Jabari Talbot into diversion. Jabari did not commit a crime. Guilty plea refused. Case dismissed. We applaud and support you Jabari. #JabariTalbot
According to multiple reports, Jabari explained he would not participate in the pledge because “the flag was racist and the national anthem was offensive to black people.”
Talbot was arrested by a school resource officer claiming the student was being disruptive and refused to obey commands. An arrest affidavit also states that Jabari threatened the substitute teacher with physical violence. In addition, it purports Talbot told the principal and arresting officer he would get them fired.
The child’s arrest caught the attention of Team ROC, a Roc Nation division dedicated to assisting victims of racial injustice. Team ROC tapped famed attorney Alex Spiro to handle Jabari’s case pro bono.
“Jabari is a courageous and intelligent young man who deserves all the credit for standing up for his beliefs,” Spiro said in a statement. “He should’ve never been arrested or entangled in this situation—his freedom of speech rights were clearly protected under the 1st Amendment.”