Respeck On Her Name: Black Woman Lawyer Blasts Media Over Solely Giving Kim Kardashian Credit For Freeing 17 Inmates
The lawyer who Kim Kardashian worked alongside to spearhead the release of 17 prisoners is speaking out and asking for the media to give credit where it’s due.
For the last year, Kim Kardashian has received increasing attention for her role in criminal justice reform, but Houston based attorney Brittany K. Barnett of the Buried Alive Project, made sure to make it clear that she’s been advocating for this work for years, along with her partner MiAngel Cody.
Barnett posted a lengthy Facebook message on Tuesday after 17 men were released from life in federal prison over drug charges.
“The first and last time I will speak on it. Seriously, because the negativity from today is misdemeanor s*** and we still have lives to save. MiAngel Cody and I have BEEN doing this work for FREE,” she wrote.
“Ask any of our dozens of clients who are now free living their best lives. Both of us left six figure salary jobs and wiped out our own savings accounts to fund our work. We attempted to get grants from these large foundations shelling out MILLIONS of dollars to other organizations but would not look our way because they so-called don’t fund “direct services”. Our hands were full picking locks to human cages, we didn’t have time to participate in glorified begging from the nonprofit industrial complex only to be turned down.
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My soul sister. Together we pick locks to human cages. We have gracefully handed several life sentences back to the federal government…literally hundreds and hundreds of years. She hears my silent struggles and pours into my spirit in more ways than she will ever know. We are coming out of the shadows this year sis! No more shying away from our magic in all of its melanin glory. I will always have your back MiAngel Cody!!✊🏽 Breaking chains all 2019. 🖤 @thedecarcerationcollective @buriedaliveproject
But Barnett made it clear that she does not blame Kim for the media coverage, being that her name is destined to cause attention.
She also stated that Kim stepped in as a financial contributor after her and her partner were refused by different foundations.
“Kim has always been very clear in her role. It’s the media that spins it around – not Kim. We do not care how the media is portraying it – that’s what the media does. Who cares,” Barnett wrote. “We need Kim’s support and the support of anyone else who wants to join this fight. We love that she is using her platform to raise awareness. We ain’t trying to be famous, we trying to get our people free. Period.”
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Roderick, Timothy, & Jeffrey. These three men served 23 years, 22 years, and 22 years of their respective life sentences – and as of this week, we were victorious in dismantling ALL of their life sentences. It was a busy week for us and @thedecarcerationcollective as we near the end of our #90DaysOfFreedom campaign, working to break the chains of as many people serving life without parole sentences as we can. Follow along in our final days as we climb towards a millennia of time served. . #FirstStepAct #WomenWarriors #WomenLawyers #CriminalJusticeReform #BuriedAlive #BreakChains
You can read Barnett’s full Facebook post here.