Nas has released a black kneeling Santa sweater line and a portion of the proceeds will go to support prison reform.
The Root announced that in the spirit of the holidays, Nas has released a black kneeling Santa sweater line through his clothing brand HSTRY. The Black Santa sweaters are available in red, black, and green, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit a worthy cause.
— Author Amber Malloy (@authambermalloy) November 29, 2016
The Center for Court Innovation is a nonprofit that “seeks to help create a more effective and humane justice system by designing and implementing operating programs, performing original research, and providing reformers around the world with the tools they need to launch new strategies.” The organisation was founded as a public/private partnership between the New York State Unified Court System and the Fund for the City of New York.
Huffington Post explains that St. Nick’s kneeling position is a nod to San Francisco 49ers quarterback, Colin Kaepernick, and his controversial decision to kneel during the national anthem at NFL games in an effort to protest police brutality. “Colin Kaepernick recently took this powerful stance, and like him, we love America – but also cannot ignore the injustices we have been seeing and how important our fight is against them,” Nas said in a statement to HuffPost.
Nas joins other rappers including Drake, Kanye West, Gucci Mane, and 2 Chainz, who have previously released a line of Christmas sweaters.
Of course, 2 Chainz kicked it off last year with his “dabbing Santa” sweaters, which were such a big hit, he brought them back again this year. Last year, 2 Chainz said donated proceeds from the sweaters bought people houses and cars, and this year he aims to change even more lives.
Clearly, the idea changed Nas’ life, though Nas’ Black Santa is kneeling with festive decorations surrounding him, including snowflakes, mistletoe and a black power fist because nothing says “Christmas” like Black activism. No, really. Like 2 Chainz’s line, the proceeds from the sweater will benefit the community, The Boombox adds.
— Crystal McCreary (@cmccrearyyoga) November 29, 2016
Mass incarceration of Black people is a serious problem in modern America. There are lots of talk about the prison reform but no action yet. Just think how many people are not able to spend holidays with their friends and families just because they were wrongfully imprisoned some time ago! We urge you to support the initiative and help to give these people the miracle present they want so much the prison reform.