Who’s Gonna Take The Weight?
I knew something was bothering me about the ten year celebration of Notorious B.I.G.’s murder. The fact that this crime hasn’t been solved yet is what pisses me off. Black people go to prison unjustly every single day and you are telling me that the L.A.P.D. couldn’t have rustled up some gang banger from Compton or Watts and accused him of the crime? Lord knows they prah’lee killed somebody. Let them spend twenty years in the clink and then release them on some DNA snafu. This shit happens all the time here in New York.
A bunch of high school hoodlums were public enemy number one for allegedly raping a jogger even though the evidence was mishandled and the jogger herself lied. Those dudes spent 16 years living under the jail until DNA evidence that exonerated them was finally brought to the light. I don’t see why the L.A.P.D. now has a conscience about mishandling case facts and truth. We were all too ready to accept B.I.G.’s death as the spillover from a bi-coastal gang war. All we needed was a gang member to blame. Preferably a darkskinned Black male, since they are the posterchildren for fear in America. If the L.A.P.D. can’t provide us with a guilty looking darkskin jig what good are they as a police force?
One thing is for sure and that is how good the L.A.P.D. has been at killing jigs whether or not they were flagging. If I had the time or the motivation to dig through the Amnesty International archives I’d find hundreds, if not thousands of instances of brutality by the L.A.P.D. beginning during the Watts riots. As a state sponsored fascist military organization no one comes close to kicking Black ass the way the L.A.P.D. does. Even the Ku Klux Klan considers them to be excessive. So I don’t see why the L.A.P.D. couldn’t have rustled some jig kid out of his bed and dragged him through a phalanx of news cameras as the accused killer of Biggie Smalls. It’s not like that hasn’t been done before.
Could it be that the L.A.P.D. is so racist that they don’t even feel like assuaging the Hip-Hop community at all? They don’t even consider us worth the time and energy it would take to create a phony suspect and motive. That’s the really fucked up news. When you are considered politically insignificant. When you are totally disregarded concerning policy and politics is when you have been shitted on. Forget the fact that some corporations wants to sell you their sody pop and their automobiles. The Hip-Hop community needs political and social equity. This can only be achieved by actively participating in your community’s social infrastructure. Volunteering to coach a little league team or youth mentoring are ways to fast track this social change.
The question remains… Who is gonna take the weight? Are you going to keep pointing the finger at other organizations for their lack of commitment to your needs or are you going to put the ‘H’ on your chest and handle your future hardbody style? The little munchkins in your neighborhood want to know.