The American criminal justice system doesn’t have the best track record when it comes to the treatment of minorities.
That fact has become even more apparent in the treatment of the Nashville Waffle House shooter, Travis Reinking, who killed four people with an AR-15. Celebs such as Trey Songz and T.I. are voicing their disdain. There's also the slew of violent arrests and incidents of police brutality against people of color in recent weeks to consider as well.
It’s worth noting that Reinking’s rampage could have been a lot more deadly, if James Shaw, an unarmed black man, had not managed to wrestle the weapon out of the shooter’s hands. Reinking is now in custody, where he’s being held on a $2 million bail bond. Songz and T.I. are quick to point out that Reinking’s treatment would be very different, had he been a person of color. As Songz wrote on Instagram, “So racism isn’t real right? White privilege isn’t real, right? Black/Brown/Muslim man would have gotten the same bond right? Right.”
T.I. is on the same page as Songz, pointing out that Meek Mill, who was still in jail at the time, wasn’t even given the option of a bond.
Former NFL star Stannon Sharp also took to Twitter, echoing T.I.'s sentiments.