Kanye West on tackling prison reform: “It’s all what God wants”

The rapper has announced plans to focus on “immediate” issues within the justice system in America

ACTIVISM: Kanye West and Kim Kardashian

KANYE WEST is set to follow in his wife Kim Kardashian West’s footsteps, tackling issues within the justice system in the US.

The Jesus is King hitmaker stated that this path is directed by “What God wants”.

Speaking to TMZ, West said: “It’s all what God wants. World peace, how about it? One in three African Americans are in prison.

“Figuring out ways to free people, free the minorities, free the people with mental health, to go and open up and have conversations…

“Some people are locked up for a year, sometimes five years, because they can’t afford a thousand dollars bail. These are some immediate things that are on our mind today.”

West – who has been very vocal about his faith in recent years taking his Sunday Service choir around the States – explained he is prepared to embrace whatever direction God takes him in.

“Well, man makes plans and God laughs – it’s all up to him. I really empty my mind, feel my spirit and leave room for God to guide me. So, I can’t tell you what the plans are” he added.

“I do see visions of expanding and changing the shape, like I’ve been changing the shape of choir set up with Sunday Service. I like that, my architecture and my art background are changing just the shape of the course that we use… What we’re applying with this music that we’re doing on our album with the Sunday Service.”

He concluded: ”I’m just here today in service to God, and whatever He has planned for me is what I’m ready to follow and be radically obedient to.”

This is the next step for the West family as they continue to put their efforts behind prison reform. In October, the rapper donated $1 million to prison reform charities and Kardashian, who announced she was studying law back in April, has helped to free a number of prisoners.

This includes successfully petitioning US President Donald Trump to grant clemency for the life sentence of non-violent drug offender Alice Marie Johnson.

Furthermore, through her work with Johnson she, along with her lawyer Shawn Holley passed the first Step Act. In February, Trump said of the act: “This legislation reformed sentencing laws that have wrongly and disproportionately harmed the African-American community,”

“The First Step Act gives nonviolent offenders the chance to reenter society as productive, law-abiding citizens. Now, states across the country are following our lead. America is a nation that believes in redemption.”

Subsequently, both Kardashian and Holley were awarded with the Woman Leadership in Law award.

More recently, Kardashian joined the list of celebrities campaigning for the release of Rodney Reed in light of new evidence.

She was also with Reed the moment he found out he was granted a stay of execution. She stated that: “The mood was ‘extremely emotional”.

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