Trump's Clemency Decision Sparked A Complicated Discussion About Kim Kardashian And Privilege
Some are praising Kardashian for helping to convince the president to grant a prisoner clemency, but others say black activists deserve the credit.
Following a meeting with Kim Kardashian and President Donald Trump last week, the White House announced on Wednesday that Alice Johnson, a 63-year-old woman serving a life sentence for a first-time, nonviolent drug offense, would be granted clemency.
"While this Administration will always be very tough on crime, it believes that those who have paid their debt to society and worked hard to better themselves while in prison deserve a second chance," said the White House of Trump's decision to commute Johnson's sentence.
Kardashian began advocating for Johnson after a Mic Opinion video about the prisoner's case floated into her Twitter timeline last October.
Kardashian said that she then enlisted her personal attorney to help her lobby the case.
“We’re on a mission now,” Kardashian said in an interview with Mic. “We want to do anything that we can to get her story out there.”
As a result of her advocacy, activism, and star power, Kardashian was able to score a meeting last month with the president's senior adviser and son-in-law, Jared Kushner, as well as Trump himself.
“Justice has been served today, and it’s long overdue," said Brittany K. Barnett, one of Johnson's attorneys.
"We are extremely grateful and hope the President continues to use his clemency power to save lives," she said.