I have one side telling me I am a racist horrible person and the other telling me I’m not doing my job. The frustrations mount daily, sometimes in anger and others in apathy.
I found this video essay from CNN yesterday. I committed time to go through the majority of it, there really isn’t too much here that is new, unless you live under a rock. The takeaway? Black Americans are continuing to slaughter each other in Chicago and nobody seems to care.
That’s not really a fair statement. People care, all people even the cops. I care or I wouldn’t be spending my free time writing about it. We are tired of the violence, tired of the slaughter on the streets, weary of the finger pointing and the endless rhetoric. NOBODY wants to take responsibility for anything, they simply want to point at others. Yesterday two more police involved shootings captured the nation’s attention, once again the massive violence in the inner-cities goes without comment. These new events have yet to develop fully, but will likely end like all the others. Violence, over reaction and outrage. In the end not much will change. One side will blame the cops, another will blame the culture of violence, someone else will blame poverty while still another will blame the gun. Like most situations there will be Monday morning options, the “could’ve, should’ve and would’ve” crowd will speak large, but it will change nothing.
I committed some time to this collection of video stories, and I saw the same old faces talking about “our lives matter” or “we have to stop killing each other” and of course “we need to fight the racist cops”. Who are some of these faces?
Ice-Cube; militant rapper, hard ass actor and now family movie guy. I appreciate that he seems to want to get a positive message out there but let’s not forget how he got his start…..
God damn, it’s a brand new payback
From the straight gangsta mack in straight gangsta black
How many motherfuckers gotta pay
Went to the shelf and dusted off the AK
Caps gotta get pealed
Cause “The Nigga Ya Love to hate” still can “Kill at Will”
From Ice Cube’s song: “The Wrong Nigga To Fuck With”
Perhaps the next spokesperson is more reasonable….enter Spike Lee- who wants to point out the abhorrent violence in Chicago, while at the same time tweeting messages encouraging people to take justice into their own hands. Spike Lee who called for someone to shoot Charlton Heston with a “.44 Bull Dog” and tweeted out the supposed address of George Zimmerman forcing an uninvolved couple to move due to continued threats of violence.
Both of these men have a powerful voice, I don’t want to imply that what they say doesn’t matter they just can’t have it both ways. You cannot with one breath make money on an image of anger and hate while, with the next, telling everyone it’s not ok. You cannot promote and denounce violence with the same sweep of the hand. If these two have both realized the error in their ways then by all means, speak-up! Repent and let the world know you were wrong. Be a role model, show us a flawed hero who can find his way, that is the voice our kids need.
On the other side we have the politicians, intent on holding onto power in anyway necessary. The Mayor of Chicago calls for an end to the violence while rooting out the “Cancer in the Police Department”. Rahm Emanuel fired his Chief of Police to help keep protestors at bay but has done nothing to stop the violence.
The Big-Wigs in Washington call for stricter gun control……whoa there, hit the brakes. Chicago has some of the most restrictive gun control in the entire nation. Surely the violence cannot possibly be gun related, these people would have to be criminals to have guns in this city.
News-Flash, they are criminals and the cops know who many of them are. The opening video by Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson really sums up the entire problem. “We know who these people are we just need to hold them accountable before they commit new crimes or become victims of crime”——-what a simpleton.
Maybe the cops in Chicago are not racist so much as they are just frustrated. Cops in every city and county are stuck in the middle. They are criticized for inaction and overreaction simultaneously. They know who the bad guys are and they can’t keep them locked up. Even the angry priest with Spike Lee says he hates the prison system but we can’t let these guys just walk around.
When I see the “folk heroes” like Spike Lee, Ice Cube, Snoop Dog and the other malcontents plead for peace while at the same time making millions of dollars from perpetuating a life of crime and mayhem, I am disgusted. You cannot have it both ways. Stop selling the lie, stop encouraging future “urban heroes” to carry the flame. Making martyrs out of criminals who died committing crimes will do nothing to encourage the next generation. Paying homage to a life of crime, materialism and discontent will not give us the next great hero. It will certainly provide us with lasting headlines.
To the law makers, you will never legislate away violence and criminal behavior. Chicago should know better than most cities given their storied history. Even if Chicago went into a full Marshall Law lock-down they would not end the violence. Not, until they are willing to hold people accountable and change the culture. You cannot preach acceptance and exclusiveness at the same time. I do not accept this is a race issue so much as it is a culture issue. We need real role models, not criminals immortalized in roadside tributes made up of dollar store candles.