Next month’s election may be the most important for our country’s future. While many millennials have already been discouraged from voting by lack of willingness to support either candidate, reaching out to the youth is still very much a necessity.
Some artists have taken a stance, speaking out against certain candidates and supporting others, but for those like Remy Ma, that luxury is not granted.
Remy Ma has been out of prison for a little over two years now, but in some ways, she still is not free. Despite getting her rap career seemingly back on track, there are other aspects of her life that will never be the same.
While she says she has been asked several times to do PSAs to help encourage others to vote, Remy is a convicted felon she does not have the right to vote herself.
Using Ava DuVernay’s new documentary about mass incarceration, 13th, as a reference point, Remy took to Instagram to share some of her frustration.
“The prison system is a corporation; it is driven by monetary gain,” she wrote. “I will probably get some type of backlash behind this post cuz unfortunately Im still technically n prison, just servin time n the ‘free world’ & am constantly reminded of that, verbatim, when I check in at parole/post-release supervision.”
Check out the post in its entirety below:
In the past weeks I’ve been asked 2 do numerous PSAs encouragin people 2 vote, & when I explain 2 them that I myself cant vote cuz I’m a “felon” many are confused. Yet, that’s just 1 of the repercussions of havin been convicted of a crime. As I watched this documentary, The 13th, I realized even MORE than I’d already learned during my entire ordeal: arrest, trial, conviction, incarceration, release, reintegration . I often c comments with complaints of how I need 2 “get over the jail thing” & “get on with life” or even “that’s what she get 4 doin [xyz]”… This movie explains what I b trying 2 say; I wish I could post the whole thing just to make sure as many people as possible c it. I made this quick edit & included the parts that literally had me n tears.- I thought some special calculation was done when I got offered a plea “deal” of 3 years, I’m thinkin now that that’s the statistical number that ensures your life is totally screwed upon release. Everyone I knew insisted that I not go to trial but with my dumbass inaccurate knowledge of the court system largely based on tv & movies I thought I had a chance, I’d be treated fairly & the TRUTH would come out🙄 Only 2 find the object was not 2 find the truth but instead a CONVICTION. The prison system is a corporation; it is driven by monetary gain. I will probably get some type of backlash behind this post cuz unfortunately Im still technically n prison, just servin time n the “free world” & am constantly reminded of that, verbatim, when I check in at parole/post-release supervision. I am well past the 8 year sentence I was given but have 3 more years to be “monitored”. If they deem I should b back n prison I”ll have 2 serve time, even tho I’ve been productive n society for 2 years & working, taking care of my family, obeying the law and paying my dues- yes, every month I have 2 pay money 2 some company 2b watched😏. I have a curfew, have 2 ask 4 permission 2 travel, & ultimately my career is limited due to my inability to travel unless “they” feel it’s ok. I’ve lost millions cuz of this, could’ve paid 4 my son college numerous times but as long as I’m n by curfew who cares #TiredOfBeingQuiet #RemyMa