You really want to “keep it real?” Then by all means please let's do just that. Neither the Mayor nor the police chief is to blame for the high murder rate in our community, we are. They're not the ones pulling the triggers, we are. When parents think it's cute that they're little boys throw up gang signs and every other word they speak is “folks this” or “folks that” or “cuz this” or “blood that” we are headed for something ugly. We can allow ourselves to become so enraptured and frenzied in a political campaign that it's all we want to talk about and then can't wait to give away our vote but can't seem to muster half of that energy to save ourselves. Yet we can say of our community like the Psalmist said, “Yea... I walk through the valley of the shadow of death...,” something is wrong. When our “leaders” can organize a march in the suburbs in front of the gun manufacturers but walk right past the houses of the people pulling the triggers something is very wrong.
“Deifying gangs, drug king pins, criminals, murderers and the like says more about who and where we are as a people than we like to admit. Unfortunately I don't think we are ready to deal honestly about the murders of Tupac Shakur, Christopher "Biggie" Wallace nor Lil JoJo because to do so would be to expose hip hop and its icons as the agent provocateurs they really are. It would also force us to deal with the damage we have allowed this to cause our community and our current crop of leaders don't have the balls to meet that challenge!”