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So What’s The Solution? You Are!

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“It’s hip hop’s fault.” “The cops are just doing their jobs.” “He had a gun. “What else is new?” “Protest for what?” “We need to start killing cops!”

Most African Americans, minorities and decent people of all races have been pushed to the furthest depths of their sanity as a result of the latest series of police shootings resulting in the death of black males. It is not just the latest series of events however. It is a lifetime of systemic oppression that makes up the fabric of our American lives. It is generational racism perpetuated by those who are taught to engage way before they are taught to comprehend. It appears now that burning the fabric of our society may have more restorative properties than trying to remove the remnants of racist fibers that make up the flag we wave so proudly.

article-alton-0706First things first, all you Internet commentators need to shut the hell up. I understand the anger but let’s all be realistic. Not one of you are going to shoot up a precinct or protest or join a revolution. Not one of you are actually going to get up and do something about it. You know why? It is not because you don’t care. It is simply because you are a creature of habit and will do what you have always done. Talk shit on the Internet.

As for everyone else, if you believe education is the key then educate. If you believe economic empowerment is the key the build, support and financially educate yourself and those in your community. If you believe revolution is the key then motherfucker revolt! If you don’t know what to do then either do nothing or do research. If you believe finger pointing and dealing with ancillary factors other than racism is the key then you are part of the problem. Lack of a definitive solution may be a clear indicator that we don’t have the cure for racism but inaction is certainly a sure fire way to sustain it.

Those who care about the community enough to take action are already engaged in change. This was not a call to arms for them. This was yet another loss in a continued uphill battle to bring about equality to African American communities but a battle nonetheless.

The fact that there is still an “us” and “them” in a country that we have all lived in for centuries and rightfully belongs to no one is beyond my understanding. How can you reside in the same house with someone who is consistently causing you mental and physical harm and retain peace of mind? The simple truth is you can’t.

I personally use all my platforms (social media or otherwise) for the greater good of my community as I see it. I do own small businesses. I do mentor those from my community and give back in any way I can. I do offer up my resources to those who ask. I don’t want any pats on the back or accolades because I don’t do it enough and I have a long way to go. All I really want however is an army of my peers engaged in the same.

The time for talk has long come and gone but if I have to continue to talk ad nauseum until a time we are in a better position then guess what, I will continue to do that also.

I wish I knew what to say to make this all go away. I wish I knew what to do to get people to get over themselves. The truth is I don’t. There is no magic bullet and there is no easy fix. There is only commitment and currently, the American judicial system is more committed to killing us than leaving us alone and is consistently taking action to prove it. What actions are you taking?

HT_baton_rouge_presser_02_as_160706Rest in Peace to Alton Sterling and Philando Castile.

Crazed Afrykan is a writer / hip hop producer (Nas / Damien Marely) and aficionado of hip hop culture. For over 30 years, he has gained personal introspective into the motivations, rhymes and reasons for one of the most revered genres in modern music. He is also a smug, smart ass with a perplexing penchant for alliterations. You’ve been warned.

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A Riot of Entitlement

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1. If a foreign government had pulled off what occurred on Capitol Hill last week, that nation would currently be a rubble laden parking lot, bombed into the stone-age.

2. If BLM had pulled off what occurred last week, we would currently be having conversations like “Y’all remember freedom?” and “You ONLY got shot 6 times?!! Sheeeeit. Everybody else got at least 9… yeah we all in the studio recording now…”

3. Why is the foreign policy response more stringent than domestic policy when the threat is much worse due to proximity?

4. Why is the current law enforcement response akin to aiding and abetting simply because the assailants resemble, and in some cases are “law” enforcement? Do bullets not kill when your cousin is the shooter?

5. True privilege is complaining about your rights taken away right AFTER and BECAUSE you used those rights to violate others. Rights were granted by LAW and as such, can be rescinded… by LAW! Why does this even have to be explained?

Sidebar: For future reference, this is how you properly storm the Capitol! With Beyonce and legal votes!! Ahhhh 2012. The good old days! Make Inaugurations Great Again (MIGA Please!!) Sidebar Complete.

Alfred Obiesie is a writer with over 12 years of online content contribution (Onetrackmine.com, Cartermag.com, Essence.com) and author (You Made It a Hot Line; The most influential lines in hip hop.) The book chronicles hip hop lines from the genre’s most notable artists spanning almost 40 years. It is illustrated by Grammy award winning Illustrator Shah Wonders and has garnered praise from multiple media outlets (Sirius XM, Vibe, Brooklyn Public Library, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York Public Library, etc...)

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Reluctant to get the Vaccine?

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Do me a favor, Open your fridge door and tell me if you have any insight into the regulation of those products and how they got there?

Whatever vaccine you decide to take (or not take) will probably be more federally regulated and scrutinized than 90% of the items you currently ingest. You share joints with people, eat food with ingredients you can’t pronounce, order wigs and sweaters from all over the world in the name of fashion, then turn around and loudly protest and profess about a vaccine and science, some thing of which you know little about.

Here’s the fun part; you don’t want to take it but you DEFINITELY want to commingle with those who have taken it as precaution and those who are still susceptible. Why? Because f*ck ‘em that’s why! Must be nice to not care about others while simultaneously requesting they respect your choices.

I would be riding with y’all if you actually had control, but more importantly, CONCERN for all things consumed prior but we seem to lapse our standards when there is a clear and direct benefit to our preexisting lifestyle. Y’all are wild inconsistent!!

Sidebar; Most of us will die of complications from a poor diet, alcohol and cigarettes but I don’t see anyone putting the BBQ sauce down or skipping happy hour. Sidebar Complete.

Alfred Obiesie is a writer with over 12 years of online content contribution (Onetrackmine.com, Cartermag.com, Essence.com) and author (You Made It a Hot Line; The most influential lines in hip hop.) The book chronicles hip hop lines from the genre’s most notable artists spanning almost 40 years. It is illustrated by Grammy award winning Illustrator Shah Wonders and has garnered praise from multiple media outlets (Sirius XM, Vibe, Brooklyn Public Library, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York Public Library, etc...)

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November 16th – Trump Wins!

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Well, it’s official; President Donald Trump wins again!

While former Vice-President Joe Biden received more votes than any candidate ever, including winning the controversial electoral college, incumbent Trump has declared victory on Twitter as recently as this morning when he proclaimed “I WON THE ELECTION!”

And this is great news for the over 70 million of us that voted for Trump. We saw our horse lose the race, saw it confirmed, and yet here we are in the Winner’s Circle… again! There is a God, and thankfully it’s the one I believe in and not one of the weird ones.

Make America great again, AGAIN!

I’m sure I speak for millions of Americans when I say we look forward to four more years of keeping America great. Let’s face it, America was a shithole country four years ago before Trump made it great again. He promised that we’d be sick of all the winning, and he was, as always, right.

I’m praying that we can all look forward to four more years of the same kind of peace, harmony, and fair distribution of wealth we have enjoyed during his first term. Covfefe!!

 

 

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