Meek Mill has thoughts on the preferential treatment some Capitol rioters have received since their arrests. On Saturday (Jan. 16), the Quarantine Pack rapper hopped on Instagram to respond to the arrest of rioter Richard Barnett, who was photographed breaking into Nancy Pelosi’s office and stealing her mail during the riot. After his arrest, an Arkansas judge ordered that Barnett would be allowed to stay on house arrest until his trial.
“My whole race in jail for tryna protect themselves or some petty drugs! We living in the middle of a silent war! You can run in the state capitol and get house arrest?” Meek wrote. “Just pay attention to that part... ain’t no protest that can fix that!”
He continued, “We have no protection in the system as black folks and it’s not no telling what’s next!!!! Didn’t people die in that shit... we would [have] had conspiracy to terrorism or something they made up.”
“Y’all people are really on some KKK SHIT!” he added.
Barnett, who allegedly brought a stun gun into the Capitol, faces charges of unlawfully entering a restricted area with a lethal weapon, disorderly conduct and theft of public property. Hours after the Arkansas judge allowed him to stay on house arrest, though, a federal judge reversed the decision and ordered that Barnett be immediately extradited to Washington, D.C. to proceed in his case.
Capitol rioter Jacob Chansley also made headlines this week for receiving preferential treatment. According to reports, a judge ruled that the horned rioter and “QAnon Shaman” will be given the organic food he prefers to eat while in jail.
Meek responded to the chaos on Capitol Hill as it was unfolding on Jan. 6. In a post, he compared the police response to pro-Trump rioters to Black Lives Matter protesters over the summer.
“[The U.S.] might be the most racist country in the world... lost hope seeing this today!” he wrote. “We about to take some 757’s to Africa give America a break!”
See Meek’s latest post below.