Beyonce + Jay Z Reportedly Donated ‘Tens of Thousands’ in Bail for Baltimore Protestors
In a series of tweets yesterday (May 17), social critic and filmmaker Dream Hampton revealed that Jay Z and Beyonce allegedly contributed “tens of thousands" to help post bail for protestors in Baltimore following the death of Freddie Gray while in police custody.
Some of Hampton’s tweets have been deleted since she posted them, but Complex captured them in screen shots:
“I’m going to tweet this and I don’t care if Jay gets mad,” Hampton wrote. “When we needed money for bail for Baltimore protestors, I asked hit Jay up, as I had for Ferguson, wired tens of thousands in mins.”
“When BLM needed infrastructure money for the many chapters that we’re growing like beautiful dandelions, Carters wrote a huge check,” she continued. “And more stuff, too much to list actually, that they always insist folk keep quiet.”
Hampton went on to write that protestors in Baltimore, Ferguson and New York have been crippled by bail fees.
“They’re waging war on black resistance in a multitude of ways, many of them financially. Protest is literally punished with tariffs,” Hampton wrote. “When they fine & arrest people for protesting, more opportunities for exploitation by the state are possible with each encounter."
Later, however, Hampton deleted earlier tweets and clarified her statements. “It’s true they gave, which is why I tweeted it,” she explained. “But I erased it within minutes, because ppl believe what they want to.”
“They gave cuz that’s what they do,” she added. “And should I ever get major bread, I’m gonna be Howard Hughes, wiring out money anonymously too.”
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