Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Be careful whom it is you hate; Sooner or later you turn into them

The other day I watched a documentary by a "former" Blood Gang member Cle "Bone" Sloan; called Bastards of the Party. In this documentary this dude talks about how he joined the gang, why he joined the gang and he somewhat touched on the history of gangs in the LA area. There was a lot of discussion as to why gangs where started in the late 40's, 50's and 60's. Gangs were started back then because of racism and protection from the racist practices that were prevalent back then. Blacks felt the need to band together to help one another out. Which is all good. I wish we still had that kind of unity and love for one another now.

But....There is always a but...

What is the reasoning and logic behind gangs today?
Who do we need protection from now?
I don't see the police and White gangs running around terrorizing Blacks today.

Is there still racism?
Is water wet?

But Black gangs of today are not protecting Blacks from racism. They are not protecting Black neighborhoods. They are not protecting Black women and children from being molested and raped if they are walking around these neighborhoods late at night. They are not walking kids to school in the early mornings to protect them from the "man". In fact they are doing the same shit now that they were originally trying to protect our people from.

So what was the purpose of this "former" Blood interviewing all the old heads in this documentary;getting them to shine some light on the history of how all this mess started, if all the gangs do today is ignore their history and become the thing that the gangs were started to fight against?

More Black men have been killed by other Black men than the KKK has ever thought about killing.
More Black men have been killed by other Black men than the Police has ever thought about killing.
I am guessing that more Black men have been killed by other Black men than in all the Wars that Black men have fought in while serving this country.

So what is the purpose of gangs today?

Is it still the White man's fault? Is the White man still pulling the triggers on all those guns in our neighborhoods?
Are they still loading all those clips? Are they still leaving a Black man's blood on the sidewalk outside of schools for young Black Children to walk around on their way to class?

Why are Black men still in gangs? Gangs designed not to protect, but to terrorize the people these gangs started out protecting?

What is the purpose of learning your History if you don't learn nothing from your History?

8 comments:

BigmacInPittsburgh said...

This post is so deep,we(black folk)have fallen for the lie that we all are now part of the main stream of America.
The uneducated,the released prisoners,the parent-less have been left without a safety net.
It doesn't help the situation with the continued flow of guns and drugs to our communities.
The real clicker is the abandonment of this underclass by folks like you and me!
We can all point out till hell freezes over the problems that exist,but the real question is WHAT AM I GOING TO DO ABOUT THEM!

Ankhesen MiƩ said...

$64,000 question, love.

Redeye said...

What BigmacInPittsburgs said!

"The uneducated,the released prisoners,the parent-less have been left without a safety net.
It doesn't help the situation with the continued flow of guns and drugs to our communities."

THIS!

"We can all point out till hell freezes over the problems that exist,but the real question is WHAT AM I GOING TO DO ABOUT THEM!"

We can do our part by electing people who care about the underclass and who will work to improve the qualities of their life through education funding and other policies to help them overcome their circumstances and become productive members of society.

Isn't it ironic they are closing schools but building prisons?

Isn't it ironic a child can buy a gun but can't buy fresh fruits and vegetables in their neighborhood?

Isn't it ironic black parents are being locked up for sending their student to school outside of their "zone."

Isn't it ironic their are more young African American males in prison for nonviolent offenses than in college?

So now that WE know, what are WE going to do about it? Are WE going to continue to TALK about them, or are we going to DO SOMETHING?

Brotha Wolf said...

Cosigning with BigmacInPittsburgh.

healthysouls said...

I agree 100% with your premise - urban terrorist (thank you fieldnegro) wreck havoc so much more than any outside threat.

Likewise, Bigmac could be more correct the question/challenge is what are we going to do to address this culture threatening problem.

I have link ur blog to mine - harveysglobalpolitics.blogspot.com. I believe fostering a virtural community is a positive step.

George said...

I came

George said...

Sorry, I came to your blog at way of your "If you ain't cheating, you ain't trying" blog in 2009.

Also, in full disclosure, I am a white man from south Georgia in my mid 50's and my opinions are no doubt colored by the time and place I was raised. I attended segregated schools until I was in 8th grade in a small town that was approx 55% white & 45% black.

In your blog in 2009 you talked about young, strong men who felt that they had power and how addictive power can be. I believe that the power of the gangs overwhelmed the original purpose of the gangs and that the gangs are now about power.

I worry that the attitude of sports as taught to our young people now is part of the problem. While "cheating" in a war zone is good and probably necessary, it can be very harmful to a society. I remember playing sports for hours without adults around and never keeping score, just having fun. Now the emphasis is on winning all the way down to people placing bets & bribing players as young as 10.

I hope we find a way to return to sports being games on fun between friends who like and respect each other. Hopefully then our children will learn to respect everybody in the community and gang leaders and CEOs will be stopped from tearing apart our society and communities for the sake of gaining power

Reggie said...

This is true!!!