Let me start by saying that I believe that there should be an indictment and a trial when any citizen is murdered. Families deserve to hear all of the facts, and so does the community. These recent events bring various unpopular conversations to the discussion board, yet I feel that they that need to be addressed. I share this -- my thoughts -- for the well being and progression of our children and our communities.
Respect breeds respect. Having disrespectful interactions with police officers is not a good idea at any time. They need to respect you and you need to respect them, bottom line. Two parties acting disrespectfully to one another is guaranteed mayhem. This is accompanied with OBEYING THE LAW at all times. They are laws for a reason. Obey them. Not a good idea to break them.
The path has been paved for all of us. The only people that think today is like the 1950's are the people who weren't here in the 1950's. You can become anything you want to be uninhibitedly; President, Supreme Court Justice, Congressman, Lawyer, Police Officer etc, etc. These opportunities did not exist for all of us in the 50's. The only one stopping you from success is yourself. Stop making excuses and start building your legacy. Not all is fair but opportunities exist still. Pave your own paths. Never settle, always strive to be better. Rewards come from creative risk taking. Leap!
3 POVERTY MEETS EDUCATION
The remedy to poverty has been, and always will be, education in thriving fields of practice. Key word, THRIVING. Don't get a PhD in basket weaving and wonder why you cannot find a job. This country grants funds to low income individuals to help with tuition, from kindergarten to Doctorate. This really is the land of opportunity.
US Murder statistics:
- 10,000 Caucasian homicides each year.
- 90% committed by Caucasians on Caucasian.
- 10,000 African American homicides each year.
- Also 90% committed by another African American.
5 POLICE ACCOUNTABILITY
Yes, there are asshole cops out there. But not every cop is a bad person. Yes, those asshole cops need to be met with meaningful punishment dealt by an unaffiliated third party to avoid conflict of interest when police act in misconduct. No police department should investigate themselves. When you're in danger, who comes to your home risking their life to save yours? ~100 police officers are killed per year in line of duty. They kill ~500 civilians. How many of these civilians were unarmed and innocent? Police aren't perfect - they're human, therefore their imperfections need to be dealt with as well. Do not break into a racial debate. Make the goal 'Police Accountability' and leave it as such. It was accomplished with AB409 in Wisconsin and New Jersey, therefore Police Accountability can be successful everywhere.
6 IMAGE CONTROL
Music consumers are trained to put on the uniform that police are trained to attack. If you look the part of a particular character, you will be perceived as having the same attributes and motives as said character. Consider Eminem or Marilyn Manson being portrayed as a graphic pedophile lyrically and visually in their music and videos. Dressed in a trench coat, face make up, and a bald head. Those who mimic their dress and embody their persona while hanging around a children's park will be stopped and get questioned, right? Let's be real.
7 MUSIC INDUSTRY OBSESSION WITH CRIME
The music industry criminalizes its consumers whether you accept it or not. Yes, talking about guns, murder, drugs and crime continuously will inevitably link you, and those that look like you, to guns, murder, drugs and crime. These rappers are pawns and puppets, and the industry is the puppet master.
- "Rick Ross" (based on a real a Rick Ross),
- Murder Inc.,
- The Carter (fictional crack house) - Lil Wayne
- Ten Crack Commandments - Biggie,
- "...Only life of mine is a life of crime."- Jay-Z
- "Thug life." - 2 Pac
- Death Row Records
- Bobby Shmurda.
- "I'm locked up, they won't let me out." - AKON
Give me a break! To me, it's quite obvious what they're doing! No conspiracy. They are glamorizing being a prisoner, and a criminal and making it "cool" and trendy for consumers. They tell you how to be a "real nigga" in their songs. (HA!) And they get away with it! Not only that, but they're PRAISED and WORSHIPED for it!. The real Rick Ross later spent 20 years in prison as punishment losing everything, including his identity. Today he asks all rappers to de-criminalize rap and not make crime cool.
8 THE THIRTEENTH AMENDMENT
The 13th amendment states "the abolition of slavery except for the punishment of a crime." Yes, EXCEPT. Therefore slavery still does exist for everyone. If you're a prisoner, by definition, you are a slave. Therefore, if you're pushing criminal, prison-seeking behavior to your audience, you're convincing them to be slaves. No conspiracy, only FACTS. They've bamboozled people so bad to think if you don't sell drugs, if you didn't do crime, you're not a "real nigga", not a "real man". A criminal is a prisoner. A prisoner is slave. So you're not a real man unless you're a slave? Wow, this is what they're teaching. The ultimate hoodwink!"
9 MEDIA DEMONIZING, PERCEPTION VS. REALITY SKEWED
I think the media intentionally demonizes African Americans. Yes, all races commit crime, and yet 90% of news crime stories are of solely African American crime. If you make a man feel that he is inferior and an outcast, he will do the things an inferior outcast does. Well played media, well played. That said, it's still not an excuse to commit crimes. Do not commit crimes. That goes for everybody, everywhere. Do not allow the media to control what you like and what you hate, or how to like it, and how to hate it.
10 EXAMPLES OF CONDITIONING AND BRAINWASH
By the way, a prisoner - under law and by definition, is a slave. Therefore, by committing crimes, one becomes an actual slave. Why does 90% of rap music glorify and pride themselves on crime and jail sentences, a.k.a. "doing a bid." Priding themselves on being the exception to the 13th amendment which glorifies 'legal' slavery.
- "I do a bid, lose a rib, bust a cap, trustin' that."- Jay-Z
- "I gotta do a bid, that's push-ups, sit-ups"- Lil Wayne
- "I graduate from the streets no diploma. I made a million on that corner" - Meek Mills
- "And I did all of this without a diploma, graduated from the corner" - Jay-Z
- "Yayo, all I know is yayo" - Snootie Wild (yayo = cocaine)
They have the audacity to undermine the liberties education provides, and instead fame criminal conduct. Working for 25 cents/hour in prisons doing the same work people make $35/hour as a free man would. ARE YOU KIDDING ME??!!! Where do these guys get the gall? Oh, right; they are getting paid millions by the same people that own the private prison industry in the first place. Well done Universal Music Group, BlackRock, Viacom, Vanguard, etc. Preying on the kids of today, glorify being a slave. Since when is that what's up?
The togetherness the nation has shown recently is amazing, all races standing up for one another. The new America. We are all simply 100 shades of brown. Races don't exist, they're simply an accepted illusion, in my opinion. One love. One goal. They want to divide us; don't take the bait. Equality and freedom for all. Vote and bring to light with ballot measures important issues. The same way a 35% minimum wage Increase has been passed under the radar in Alaska, Arkansas, Nebraska and South Dakota.
Malcolm X said, "Our objective is complete freedom, justice and equality by any means necessary." The freedom is yours, the opportunities are yours. You are responsible for it all. To speak of a "white privilege" eludes to the unconscious privilege of being an American. This country today lives up to its reputation of a country where if you work hard, and work smart, the sky is the limit. This country has the fastest immigration rate for a reason. People of all backgrounds go to great lengths to come to this country because of our opportunities. Both of my parents came here from West Africa in the 1970's.
In some countries, no matter how hard you work, your socioeconomic status will never change. In some countries, there's no help with education and there is no paved path for you. My advice is to take advantage of this country's liberties. No, not all is fair. And yes, racism still exists, sure. But all that you strive to accomplish is on you; all that power is within you.
Remember that, in a lot of ways the obstacles of today pail in comparison to the obstacles all of our ancestors have overcome in the past. Now is the time to be innovative and inspire others to inspire.
- Dr. Nkume Sobe Jr.
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