Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Isn't Black on Black Violence So 1987?

Some of you may or may not have heard about the teenage boy from Chicago who was jumped and beaten to death by other teenage boys. Horribly senseless, sad, and just depressing. Just WHY?!!!

I couldn't help but think this young boy who lost his life, this boy who was an honor student and loved computers, had the potential to grow up to be the kind of man Black women dream of. The boys who killed him are being charged as adults and will spend the rest of their lives in jail have lost the chance to figure out how not to be victims of their circumstance and grow up to be beautiful, productive amazing Black men. Sigh....my ice box hurts.

Nas wrote a letter to the murderers and young men headed down the same path:

Dear Young Warriors fighting the wrong wars! Killing each other is definitely played out. Being hurt from the lost of a love one was never cool. Dear Young Warriors fighting the wrong war! I know that feeling , that frustration with life and needing to take it out on someone, any one. But…

We chose the dumbest things to go the hardest for. I remember seeing deaths over 8 ball jackets, fila’s , and name plate chains. Deaths over “he say she say”!!!!! “I’m from This block or I’m from that block”, or “my moms n pops is f*cked up now the whole world gotta pay”!!!

I remember feeling like I was the hardest “n*gga” breathin. And I couldn’t wait to prove it. But let’s think. What r we really proving?? And proving what to who?? Everybody knows Chicago breeds the strongest of the strong but I just feel, me, being ya brother from another state feels your pain as if I grew up with you in ya very own household.

You have the ability and mind power to change they way we are looked at. Look who’s watching us young warriors, look who’s throwin us in jail constantly, look at the ignorance in the world. Look at the racist dogs who love to see us down. Lovin to bury us in the ground or in jail were we continue this worthless war on one another. Young warriors…. We are WASTING more and more time. We gotta get on our jobs and take over the world. Cuz This movie left the theaters years ago, Juice, Menace, boys n the hood , blood n blood out, Belly!

When we see each other why do we see hatred? Why were we born in a storm, born soldiers, WARRIORS….and instead of building each other up we are at war with each other.. May the soul of this young person find peace with the almighty. I’m with you young warriors. You’re me and I’m you. But trust me! you are fighting the wrong war.




Miss P said...

it makes me sick to my stomach when i read EVERYDAY about someone else being killed in my city. and yet they are still tryna bring the olympics there. me and all my friends agree: fuck the olympics. how about fixing the damn city first? more programs for kids so they realize killing each other needs to stop? babies killing babies, hell, ALL the killing needs to stop. NOW

Jamaicafest said...

A terrible tragedy. A great letter written by Nas.

Aaron said...

I have tears in my eyes & sadness in my heart for that young man & his friends & family. I thank God that I do not have the anger within me to kill someone so senselessly.