What Jay Z and Beyonce do and don’t do for black people is a constant topic of conversation on the Internet and across social media. They either don’t do enough, have ulterior motives, or do plenty or whatever one’s opinion strays them towards. Either way, the Carters just can’t win.
According to dream hampton, the Carters have done plenty, and she took to Twitter on Sunday morning to clear the air about just how involved they have been in the recent protests in Baltimore as well as the Ferguson protests from last year.
Dream says Jay and Bey have donated “tens of thousands,” per her request, to bail out protesters from each city after they’d been hauled off to jail. She says they’d simply wire the cash whenever requested and asked that their involvement be kept quiet.
True to her word, she’s deleted most of the tweets since she let them fly, but Complex grabbed screenshots.
Then, she got the call to quit, which she did.
welp, I just got the ‘can you shut the fuk up & head to brunch’ text. Gonna erase my error ridden rant. Hope you got your little screenshot
— dream hampton (@dreamhampton) May 17, 2015
Granted, one must consider the source here. While dream may be 100% correct, she’s always been partial to Jay in the past. After all, she’s the co-author of his Decoded book and once even went so far as to allege that Hov’s former lyrical foe Nas used Jay Electronica as a ghostwriter a few years ago.
On the other hand, she has also been given unprecedented access to Jay and Bey, and would be one of the few journalists who would have this information firsthand. Plus, she’s hardly the first person to say the Carters have been extremely charitable.
Well-known activist Shaun King wrote about Jay’s penchant for giving back in December, and felt the need to mention it on Twitter himself last night after Hov’s racially-charged freestyle during the B-Sides concert went viral. It was then that Shaun alleged that Hov had “given financially to people working on the ground in Ferguson” just as dream does in her tweets above. He also claimed that Jay pays tuition for the children of Sean Bell, more than eight years after his death.
It’s not quite a lose-lose situation for the Carters: they do get to donate and help out, and that’s never a loss. But even if their charity is genuine, it will always been seen as a facade. If they ever decide to protest themselves, or go to ground zero and bump shoulders with the people, it instantly becomes about them and not the cause they’re protesting. Whether people want to admit it or not, writing checks incognito is really the best Hov and B can do, even if they want to do more.