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By Dana C. Ayres
Often, when rappers speak out on issues, people have a tendency to expect the worst from what they have to say. Sometimes, the words may not come out the way we think they should and that’s based on preconceived notions of what many mainstream Americans may believe about the music and the culture of Hip Hop, in general. So goes the imagery surrounding Black youth, in particular. Such is the case of Mississippi rapper, David Banner, when he made comments on CNN concerning the murder of Missouri teen, Michael Brown, by a Ferguson police officer. Hiphopdx.com reported that the wordsmith revealed that his words were taken out of context and also shared that part of what he tweeted didn’t have anything to do with what was going on in Ferguson, Missouri, although it still applied.
Take a look at what Banner tweeted below:
How much of this is Black-on-Black violence is our own fault?
Throughout American history, Blacks have overcome slavery and Jim Crow segregation with the likes of individual and community activism through abolitionism, anti-lynching, the Garvey Pan African movement, the Civil Rights Movement, the Black Power Movement and the Black Liberation Army. That’s a lot of hard work and if one pays close attention to the order of events that are listed (a partial list), African Americans have been progressively pushed to the brink of revolution in this country, and on more than one occasion. We have had our homes, neighborhoods and churches bombed, seen our beloved leaders murdered in cold blood by virulent racists and our righteously-spawned movements spoiled and destroyed from within.
As a result of the conscious intent and persistence of the American power structure to keep the Black community “under control” through slick legislation, bogus education, the prison industrial complex and unjust community policing, among other things; it is fair to surmise that the Black youth of today live in a carefully constructed and controlled environment that sets them up to fail. The way Black youth today devalue themselves and one another is not really their fault, but it exists that way by design. Who’s going to come to their rescue? Who’s going to value and protect Black children the same way children from other cultures and races are valued and protected in the U.S.? Share your thoughts.
It is call post traumatic slave syndrome.
Elizabeth we have been taught to hate our selves and each other, if you hate every thing about you and insecure within your self you will hate anyone who looks like you, the white men use to make free slaves look at their selves in the mirror men or women and tell them they were nothing, not even human they couldnt be anything other than serve white folks, remember the so call masters use to have their own Bible made strictly to teach the slaves how God made them to serve white people and nothing else, that hate travel from generation to generation no matter where they come from, it is the Willy Lynch syndrome, if you want to cripple a man you kill his mind condition his brain until he believes what you taught him its like believing your own lies, now it is easier for black folks to get along than hating each other,. but they dont know how, if you take a trip to the old days when we had black wall street it was a beautiful thing, one moment that shows you how beautiful black folks can be when they come together is when you have family reunion the love we chair and the compassion we show, but how ugly it is when we are out there killing each other, now remember it is cursed and that spell can only be lift by God when Black people recognize how they were free
Sean G Felder those politicians are just getting checks and so happy to be rubbing shoulders with whites thinking they have same rights and power
Trinity19 thanks a lot but you see you just spoke the truth also in your comment, all that no snitching is because they are scared to talk, but acting hard, the whole community is tolerating the nonsense crimes, that is why those of us who dont agree and have value for life should move and start a new neighborhood than white folks will be able to tell the difference between niggers and blacks
Self hatred it real among Blacks.Our so called Black leaders done nothing to adress this issue,lack of respect among our youth.It's a damn shame
Image96 thanks for telling us, i heard about it, now what about the girl who got shot in the neck in east Ny by the same guys who lives across from her in the same building, what about the 2 teenagers who got stabbed in front of the sneaker store on Utica AVe, what about the 3 dudes who got shot in the same weekend at the BBq an that is in Brooklyn alone during the month of August now should we go around every other black neighborhood and retrieve the news, i mean it is ridiculous so who are their parents, when they are from the age of 13 to 21 and those women walking around like a kid without a father is a trophy, have a real man in your life let that kid look at him dead in the face and i bet you he wont mess around again now how about those young girls walking around hands in hands kissing making videos in their room on how they are in love with their girl friends what father would tolerate that nonsense, but of course those mothers dont care, if they do what are they doing about it, why is it still continue, this is an epidemic those women need to get a shot not to have kids unless they are married so those men cant keep running
Ronsay how are you as you can see i stop coming on here because you have folks older than i am who been on here for so long have never have conversation that can help others, or try to find solution to problems, every body wants to be a genius with nothing to show, why hide the problems when the problem is what killing us, so i make it my business to speak the truth and when someone challenge me i ask them to show me different, because i will bring facts and Image96 just proved it, i mean seriously, what are we, who are we, where are we going, what are we doing?
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