Don’t make me a target

One of the nice parts of being as broke as a joke is that you don’t really have to sweat mofos trying to steal from you.

For example, the house I live in is not too far from some apartments that look like they might be Section 8, so I try to make it a point to keep my car locked when I’m not in it. But when you drive home drunk from places a lot, sometimes you end up forgetting. Fortunately, there’s hardly anything worth stealing in my minivan, other than maybe $.60 or so worth of change. And I wouldn’t even be sweating losing that as much. A bum might need it to cop himself a tall boy. And lord knows I know how it is to need a drink.

If I didn’t keep such a high public profile (these days, you kinda have to assume the CIA is inside your computer), I might even try to write that shit off on my taxes. After all, $.60 donated to “charity” is $.60 less I have to pay taxes on to the government. And why should I have to pay any money in taxes at all if I hardly make any money? Did you know that our tax system is purposely set up so that a multi-millionaire, who makes most of his income from what’s known as “economic rent” pays a lower rate in taxes than someone with a middle class level of income, who makes his money from working like a Hebrew slave? Man, fuck that shit!

But I digress. The reason I bring this up is that it occurred to me recently that if you’re one of these rappers or athletes (or, god forbid, an athlete who raps), you don’t have it nearly as easy. Not only do you have to worry about one of these gold-digging beeyotches trying to take you for all that you’ve got, but a gang of crazed hyphy rapists might run up on you and try to rob your ass. That’s just what happened to this guy Sean Taylor, who played for the Washington Redskins. A gang of dumbass kids broke into his house trying to steal his shit and ended up shooting him in one of his arteries and killing him, on some ol’ A Separate Peace shit. Oops!

When the story hit, of course the media thought the worst of this poor bastard, just like I thought about Pimp C. (My Bad.) From what I’ve read, this guy Sean Taylor just so happened to be a real piece of shit, with a history of violent incidents and run-ins with the law. But come to find out, he was probably just a victim of mofos trying to plot on him just because of his success – as has been the case, apparently, with any number of prominent, wealthy (-ish) black folks.

Which of course begs the question: Why is it that any time a black man gets a little bit of money in his pocket, another jig has gotta run up on him and try to take it?. Conservative pundits like this guy Jason Whitlock have tried to suggest that it might have to do with some sort of innate self-hatred and, of course, hip-hop, but I don’t know. Do black kids avoid running up in white people’s houses because they like white people more than black people, or because they know cracka-ass crackas aren’t gonna tolerate them even being in their neighborhood, let alone trying to steal something?

My guess is the latter. What do you fruits think?

  • Chun

    White people are scared of black people, Just ask Common, Andre 3000 or the black guy on my road.

    We love them but they hate us…

  • b-ease

    Why is it that any time a black man gets a little bit of money in his pocket, another jig has gotta run up on him and try to take it?.

    The seed of innate self-hatred planted by slavery and incubated by the constant stream and mixture of oppression,fear,and laziness. If you wanna get Biblical/religious: The Black man was the original man. Therefore, Cane and Abel is a painful allegory that explains our crab in bucket mentality, which started long before those cracka-ass crackas dragged us over here.

    Or as somebody said at the end of the Fugees album “its easy for cats to kill cats, but cats always scared to kill dogs” (im paraphrasing a little). On at least a subconscious level, most of us (black folk) know that the punishment/reprucussions of committing a crime against a white person is innately more that if said crime was committed against another Black person.

    Oh yea, how random is Sean Taylors wife being Andy Garcia’s niece??

  • therealwayno

    Willie Lynch.

    RIP Sean Taylor. I’ve been robbed at gunpoint a couple times and besides being pissed off, the main thought in my head was “God please don’t let me be the guy that gets killed on accident by a dumb@ss.

    Ni99as need to start rapping about school or something and try to save some of these dumb@ss kids.

  • ATL = All Trannies Live

    Here’s the deal.

    1. Rappers and Athletes tend to do things like make it rain (TRICKING if you ask me) so they might actually have $100,000 cash laying around.

    2. That doesn’t even count the millions of dollars in useless jewerly and other easy to pawn crap laying around.

    3. Athletes and Rapper are usually on tour or away at night.

    4. Athletes and Rappers will likely “keep it real” and not snitch/report theft to the police.

    Rappers, Athletes, and Drug dealers = perfect victoms

  • Fire

    First off, some punk ass white people hate black people, and some punk asses in our race are scared of them, but that is not at all reflective of the majority.

    Secondly, Jason Whitlock is a clown. I’m from KC where he writes and he tries to blame everything on hip hop. I bet you he’ll even blame the Chiefs losing season on something Ghostface Killah said on his new album or some ridiculous bullshit like that. I bet you if another black athelete dies he’ll blame it on hip hop and its “lifestyle”, as if hip hop is something you can put in a box. I’m not telling people what to do, but for real, no one should take that wannabe conservative activist seriously.

    Plus, you shouldn’t take shots at Pimp C. A legend has died, and we should honor his memory and contributions to hip hop.

    RIP Chad Butler aka Pimp C
    1973-2007

    • Around and Around

      Fire check out what NBA player Etan Thomas wrote about your boy Whitlock.

      • Fire

        First, to paraphrase GZA’s “Labels”, Jason ain’t my motherfuckin’ boy. Etan Thomas is right on with the perception of Jason Whitlock. He needs to tone down the rhetoric and stop judging people with different opinions and learn to see things as they actually are, not some exaggerated generalization.

  • Wesley Gibson

    Funny enough I just had the same conversation among a group of friends. I think it comes down to culture and availability. First off, since our numbers are low relative to white people if blacks want to hang out with blacks there will be a tremendously larger socio-economic range. Case in point, if Eli Manning wants to hang out with white people, he never actually has to be around member of the jailhouse aryan nation, but chances are if you’re black and you go to a black club there will be all types represented. That being the case, people rob persons that they are close to or come in contact with because the loot is more emotionally available. Its easier to visualize taking something you see rather than something that you know is out there.

    Lastly, the point comes down to culture. This is where it really gets hairy. Depending on how you make your money you’re going to naturally be more or less robbery proof. If you’re in banking or law, chances are you’ve been socialized to keep a lower profile. Not that the goods you buy are any less expensive than your average athlete, they’re just less showy and therefore have less black market resale value. Case in point, lets look at watches. My favorite right now is the Rotonde de Cartier Jour et nuit by of course Cartier. Now while that watch may actually cost 30k, its resale value on the street is probably closer to 500 bucks (no diamonds, leather band, etc.) and more importantly unless one is in to watches it doesn’t scream I AM WORTH LOTS OF MONEY. Thing is, its not at all improbable that I like this watch because of the social environment that i’ve been socialized in, profession etc. Whereas someone else might want to holla at Jacob the Jeweler and get a watch with a diamond bezzle. Both are simply matters of taste, however since the Jacob watch has a greater street market its liklier to get you noticed by the shadier types.

    Thats just one example but there are a million choices that separate your average athlete from your average business guy and make the former more rob-able than the latter. On top of that biz guys don’t carry much cash (most purchases are electronic), don’t own jewerly outside of cuff links, don’t keep cash in the house. About all someone could take that they could sell from the crib are the flat screens and those are difficult to transport.

    Funny part is its not like people don’t do this specifically because they don’t want to get robbed, its just a cultural conditioning thing. Its messed up too, because these guys are actually stars in some capacity and should be perfectly allowed to shine among their people if they so choose. Its just that choosing to do so makes you a target. But, you know what can you do?

    (btw big ups to Bol on the undercover spoon reference I knew your taste in music didn’t completely suck)

  • Pharoah Sanders

    Bryon Crswford, you kill me. Am I the only person here who gets your “Spoon” reference. You got that cherrybomb.

    p.s I fear the aftermath of your eventual Pimp C Post.

  • ri067953

    Yo, they know if they steal from a black it is less likely that the case is going to be worked as hard. You know how them white folks do when it comes to their own. When was the last time you heard a big media story about a lost black or hispanic little girl. Anytime a white girl goes missing, they round up the posse and put out a headline to try and find her.

  • Chad Biggz

    I’ve been robbed once. And it was by some “niggers” of course. They aint even get much cuz I aint got shit. I don’t understand why I gotta be more worried about my own kind running up on me when I aint even got shit. Run up on one of these crackas, shit! If I’m robbing someone, they are the white of the white. That’s just me. I’m not going rob another black man who has worked hard to lease they chevy. Or no damn drug dealer who put 26′s on that 01 range that barely gets him up the hill, but that just me.

  • net04

    This is true. Sean Taylor is from West Perrine, one of the roughest and most fucked up neighborhoods in Miami. Once he became a wealthy athlete he could have moved to any of several nice and secure neighborhoods in the city. What did he do instead? Moved to Palmetto Bay 1 mile from his old stomping grounds. In fact, one of the kids involved in his murder used to cut his grass, and the other had attended a party at his house.

    • Around and Around

      That’s bullshit his father was a police cheif in Florida City, Fl. He didn’t come up rough, a police cheif isn’t living below poverty.

  • Around and Around

    That’s a good drop Bol. Check out the article Dave Zirin just wrote about this very issue. Titled “The Sliming of Sean Tayloy: Kicking a Dead Man”

    Quote from the article:”The hypocrisy is breathtaking. If Taylor was white, imagine how this story would be played out: “Hero tragically dies defending his family in home invasion.” Instead, we get yet another example of how sports has become an absolute trash receptacle of racism over the past several years: an acceptable place for troglodytic writers and announcers to yip about “hip hop culture” and “thug life,” being the rot at the heart of professional athletics.”

    Jason Whitlock is a bafoon dancing for massa…

  • Danny

    I’m tired of niggas blaming slavery for these bunch of bitch ass haters out there. Niggas wanna rob other niggas cause they feel like they are on their level, since most black people think that all the other black people around the world are just as ignorant and dumb as they themselves are… (Just in case)…
    PLIES BABY!!!!

  • Danny

    Also,
    Bol, I’ma smack it up, flip it, rub it down!!!

  • og bobby j

    Damn…mad accepted black on white racism on this thread….but thats cool. The truth is, Pacman makes it rain and say, Derek jeter, doesnt. Alot of the stupid athletes and rappers, who are predominantly black, flash and flaunt there gains as if they are untouchable. Also, unlike CHAD above, if i was robbing cats, it wouldnt matter who it was (but if I was killing, then it would be blacks….its just easier, even the NYPD get away with that). As for why blacks tend to rob other blacks rather then whites, thats simple…its easier. Sean Taylors house was broken into mulitple times prior to the incident which landed him dead (in one case, the intruder even left a knife on his bed) Instead of getting some ADT security and laying low for a minute….he stayed there with a sword or some shit. “when keeping it real goes wrong”

    • maxwell

      Please for the love of God. SHUT THE FUCK UP!!!!!

  • barbarian at the gate

    ‘Killed for blunt money & bling.’

    Helluva epitaph, eh Bol?

  • Hoody Season

    Whenever it gets cold outside you expect to see more robberies, thats the real excuse for wearing a hoody. It’s always the nicca that closet to ya. I got caught slippin, but i wont nomore. There is always somebody watching you. And, when the f*** throwin away money became fashionable (makin it rain) Throwin out stacks enough to feed a third world country. Sh*t if you gone throw it away i might as well rob yo a**

  • Run dat

    Whenever it gets cold outside you expect to see more robberies, thats the real excuse for wearing a hoody. It’s always the nicca that closet to ya. I got caught slippin, but i wont nomore. There is always somebody watching you. And, when the f*** throwin away money became fashionable (makin it rain) Throwin out stacks enough to feed a third world country. Sh*t if you gone throw it away i might as well rob yo a**

  • jonathan

    CRABS IN A BARRELL! STRAIGHT UP! THE SLAVE MENTALITY! WHERE IT DONT EVEN MATTER! NIGGAS WILL ROB YOU SO MUCH THEY MAKE WHITE PEOPLE BELIEVE ITS OKAY TO ROB YOU!! NIGGA I JUST GOT ROBBED FOR BILLIONS! YOU ALL WATCHED AND IT WAS ENCOURAGED BECAUSE SIMPLY I AM BLACK! IF I WERE WHITE NOT ONLY WOULD THIS NOT HAVE HAPPEN BUT IF SOMEONE TRIED IT THEY WOULD HAVE BEEN THROWN IN JAIL FASTER THAN YOU CAN COUT TO 1. AND ON TOP OF ALL THAT THE PEOPLE WHO MOLESTED MY KIDS AND KILLED THEM ARE REWARDED FOR DOING SO! AND ITS HIPHOP AS DEFINED BY ITS PEOPLE SO PROUD AND HAPPY TO SUPPORT SUCH ACTIONS! ITS SICKENING! BUT ITS TO MANY WITNESSES SO I WILL JUST LET THE CONSPIRACY COMPLETE ITSELF THEN TAKE THE PROPER STEPS TO FIX IT! AND ON TOP OF THAT IM SUPPOSE TO BE A BLACK KING! ITS JUST SO EMBARRASING! NOT REALLY FOR ME! BUT FOR HOW MY PEOPLE ACT! ITS LIKE YOU DONT EVEN WANNA FACE PEOPLE AND EXPLAIN OTHER PEOPLES ACTIONS! ITS FUCKING EMBARASSING

  • Fernando

    Using Sean Taylor to examine black on black crime, and how young black kids try to “live” rap, while white kids listen to it, came off as lazy journalism. I think Whitlock has some good points, but to link every black death with hip hop just seems like he cant let it go.

    ATL, good point about Rappers, Athletes, Drug Dealers being the best victims.

    But lets not pretend like the conversation about violent crime in poor black neighborhoods should not be examined.

    RIP Sean Taylor
    RIP Chad Butler

  • http://www.myspace.com/chronikill ROX ONE

    Sean Taylor had his share of issues, but by all accounts (i.e. his baby moms and Clinton Portis) he cleaned his life up once his daughter was born. He got killed in bed in his own house. He wasn’t out (at the moment) making it rain, or whipping a 500,000K car or hanging with the unsavories of the world. He was in his crib with his family.

    Just to refute a few points:

    Whoever said something about black people being less likely to report a robbery – his house had been robbed 10 days earlier and he did report it. He didn’t install an alarm (as OG bobby J pointed out) or security system in the interim, but he did report it.

    the sword was a bit random though. I thought anyone with a sign that said ‘not crazy’ could get an assault rifle in florida and that you could basically just shoot trespassers. no?

    Sean Taylor, to someone who didn’t know any better, was supposed to be in tampa bay with the team (who played and lost to the Bucs that day) and not home. He had hurt his knee and therefore wasn’t traveling with the team. Maybe these kids were basketball fans or some shit, but I would have done a bit more research first.

    “You know how them white folks do when it comes to their own.When was the last time you heard a big media story about a lost black or hispanic little girl.”

    the Nixmary Brown case made national headlines and changed the way childrens services operates in NYC, but she was kinda light-skinned… But I guess knowing shit and talking out of your ass don’t go hand-in-hand.

    “mad accepted black on white racism on this thread”

    this is nothing new.

    I’m certainly not going to crusade for white people or look to sterotypes (truisms) for the answer….but when Sean Taylor got shot, you KNEW it wasn’t a bunch of white kids who shot him.

    It was terrible that he died. RIP.

  • http://www.myspace.com/chronikill ROX ONE

    “ATL, good point about Rappers, Athletes, Drug Dealers being the best victims.”

    That wasn’t a good point at all. Rappers ‘make it rain’ so they’ll just have thousands of dollars laying around? You really believe what you see in music videos, huh?

    Prostitutes tend to be out at night and Garth Brooks goes on tour, how is that any different??

    Anyway, illegal immigrants are the best victims. Where the hell have y’all been living?????

  • ATL = All Trannies Live

    ROX ONE says:

    ATL, good point about Rappers, Athletes, Drug Dealers being the best victims.”

    That wasn’t a good point at all. Rappers ‘make it rain’ so they’ll just have thousands of dollars laying around? You really believe what you see in music videos, huh?

    Prostitutes tend to be out at night and Garth Brooks goes on tour, how is that any different??”

    Of course we know that most rappers don’t keep thousands of dollars on hand but someone DUMB enough to rob one of them doesn’t.

    Second you don’t see Garth Brooks wearing 2 million dollar ear rings or have you either.

    I agree immigrants are good targets as well

    • blacker cracker

      i’ve got a 13year old cousin with down syndrome that sucks my cock because i tell her it will maker her pretty

      ya’ll niggas are more retarded than her

  • http://criticalacclaim.wordpress.com frank

    damn bol, funny and interesting as usual. nice touch with the spoon reference, but seriously athletes have been getting robbed left and right this past year. antoine walker and eddie curry both got robbed earlier this summer too. i think even if you try and rob a person in a wealthy community period, they’re gonna get your ass, regardless of whether the victim is white or black. you get an isolated incident like that in a rich neighborhood and shit is locked down.

  • http://www.myspace.com/crockerishiphop Crocker

    “i’ve got a 13year old cousin with down syndrome that sucks my cock because i tell her it will maker her pretty
    ya’ll niggas are more retarded than her”

    That is single handedly the most fucked up thing I’ve ever heard in my life.

    And question to everybody on this thread….Does anybody here like white people or are you all admitted racists?

  • the real bishop

    i haven’t posted in a minute, but as a sports fan, i’d like to step into this business and ask if anyone read David Aldridge’s take on the subject:

    http://www.philly.com/inquirer/sports/20071129_David_Aldridge_____Time_to_stop_all_the_dying.html

    somebody probably has an opinion about that.

  • http://www.myspace.com/chronikill ROXONE

    “Second you don’t see Garth Brooks wearing 2 million dollar ear rings or have you either.”

    true, true. Thats why the kids aren’t checking for him.

    “And question to everybody on this thread….Does anybody here like white people or are you all admitted racists?”

    As if the two are mutually exclusive!!

  • Prize

    “Crazed hyphy rapists”. LMAO!!!! No one coulda said it better

  • Around and Around

    Bottom line, if it was Brett Farve or some white athlete who got smoked in his bedroom while at home with his fam, the media would treat this shit totally different. They wouldn’t be focusing on his past drug addiction, or any negative aspect of his life…

    Just look at how the media treated Josh Hancock, the St. Loiuis pitcher who died while driving drunk, and had weed in his car. Did the media attack Country music? Or white people wearing tight ass wranglers? It’s bullshit.

    • http://www.myspace.com/sogentllc LowEndofDaChi

      Yessuh…

      Ever notice how it’s always tragic when one of them passes and it comes out that they had a checkered past?

      Fuck Jason Whitlock

      RIP Sean Taylor

  • BARRY WHITE

    HEY FIRE…MAYBE ITS PUNK ASS BLACK PEOPLE WITH THIS IGNORANT GANGSTA MENTALITY TRYING OT GO HARD ALL THE TIME AND TRYING TO BE SOME RAPPER INSTEAD OF GETTING A REAL JOB. PEOPLE MAKE THEIR OWN CHOICES BUT THEY WANT TO BLAME EVERYBODY ELSE WHEN THEY TAKE THE WRONG PATH. BLACKS AREN’T EVEN SLICK WITH THIS GANGSTER SHIT EITHER LIKE THE REAL MAFIA USED TO BE. MOTHERFUCKERS ARE SO DAMN IGNORANT. GO GET A JOB, WORK, AND EARN YOUR SHIT LIKE EVERYBODY ELSE. BLACKS ARE THE ONLY RACE THAT THINKS ITS COOL TO BE IN JAIL.

    • Around and Around

      Barry ‘the’ White Bitch,

      Speaking of ignorant, the mafia is all but etherd…look at the list of mobsters arrested of ratted out, they’re a shadow of their former selves. The last great mobster just got put down in the Chi..>Joey Lambardo.

      And on some more ignorant shit what the fuck does ‘BLACK PEOPLE WITH THIS IGNORANT GANGSTA MENTALITY’ have to do with a 25 year old man killed in his home? Just let that sink in, a 25 yr old man killed in his home…..was he banging? no. Selling? no. hurting anyone? no.

      Whites are the only race that think it’s cool to line dance.

  • JAY STONE

    @OG BOBO J<
    me and my hommies has robbed about 7 whites in their fucking cribs and get away so easy.man we make about 20G total.

  • Washingtonian

    You do realize that Sean Taylor was in court once for “brandishing a gun” at someone after his entourage was in an altercation when he was like 21 or 22 right? You do realize that he was a 24 year old with a family that he was doing a DAMNED GOOD JOB of taking care of, right? You’ve really got some fucking nerve to co-sign with the media and paint Sean Taylor as a “fucking peice of shit”. The kid made a stupid ass mistake when he was still A KID fresh in the league. Since then, what has been his biggest problem? A few fines for a few late or excessive hits? THIS YOUNG BROTHER WAS KILLED IN HIS OWN HOME IN FRONT OF HIS FAMILY!!!!! How dare you even attempt to shit on his name like that, dog. And I’m not even a Redskins fan I hate that fucking team so don’t think this is some kind of rant just to rep for them…this is about you and everyone else in the media who DIDN’T KNOW SEAN TAYLOR FROM A HOLE IN THE WALL trying to get your pay up by using his name and his families unfortunate situation to your own advantage. Rest in peace, Sean, Chad, and everyone else who was taken before their time. Fuck you if you want to keep trying to screw their reputations over. Come on Bol, you better than that.

  • http://www.myspace.com/chronikill ROXONE

    “Ever notice how it’s always tragic when one of them passes and it comes out that they had a checkered past?”

    You mean like Pat Tillman?

    Or like ken camminiti, who dies in a crackhouse in the bronx and got ripped to shreds in the media.

    Or someone like, say, Britney Spears..who the media bends over backwards to make look like a productive role model, right?

    Why is is that every single issue needs to come back to this self-pitying culture of victimhood?

    It’s really pathetic.

    But then again, I never expected anything from chicago anyway.

    • Around and Around

      Yeah Pat Tillman, who has a stand dedicated to him in Canton, OH at the NFL hall of fame, who was given the Silver Star for Valor, who they turned into a modern day GI Joe….get the fuck outta here with that bullshit.

      Ken Cominiti died of Cocaine and Opiates, Shawn Taylor died while in his bedroom, big difference Bill fuckin O’Rielly.

      And Re: Britney, last report she’s still alive and making stupid decisions, as opposed to being murdered in their bedroom…. I don’t get your point.

      Some people can’t look at things objectivly.

      But then again, I’d expect nothing less from a cracker bitch.

  • http://www.myspace.com/chronikill ROX ONE

    ^^ you can look at my earlier posts to see that I defended sean taylor and clearly understand what is going on.

    Pat Tillman, someone with a clean past, died and was lionized.

    Ken Camminitti, a scumbag, died and was raked over the coals.

    the britney spears reference was fairly off-topic and irrelevant. but it is an example of a white person who has everything they do analyzed and scrutinized by the (seemingly all white racist) media that lowendofthechi seems to think never does that.

    I was trying to show that rather than being so quick to play the victim card, you should see that the background of the person in question is more relevant than their race, which is not to say that race doesn’t play a role.

    If Sean Taylor didn’t have the incident where he pointed the gun…or do other scumbag sht (spitting in Pittmans face, for one) there would have been no ammunition for racially-polarizing pundits to use to sully his name.. but he DID do those things. How is that white peoples fault?

    • Around and Around

      “How is that white peoples fault?”
      ——————
      What you feeling guilty or something? Point out anywhere, that I typed it was white peoples fault?
      We’re talking the media portrait of a 25 yr old man murdered in his bedroom.
      —–
      Washington Post’s Michael Wilbon wrote, “It’s sad, yes, but hardly surprising.”

      Fellow Post columnist Leonard Shapiro had an entire column called, “Taylor Death Is Tragic But Not Surprising.”

      Colin Cowherd of ESPN radio incensed a city by saying, “Sean Taylor, a great player has a history of really really bad judgment, really really bad judgment….I’m supposed to believe his judgment got significantly better in two years, from horrible to fantastic?…’Oh, wah wah wah, sensitivity, he’s a great person, wah wah wah.’ Hey, I don’t care, that’s fine, he died.”
      —-
      Yes it’s sad but hardly suprising, becuase that’s what black people do they die by gun fire, that’s how THEY live their lives by the gun, not like clean cut white men. Black men are NOT like us, if you’re black you die by the gun.

      How can you honestly argue that if this was Brett Farve, Cal Ripkin, or Dirk Nowitski that it would be the same?? Can you honestly say that if Eddie Belfour is murdered in his house, there’s going to be news articles saying ‘not surprised’. GTFOH

      ———————–
      Racist at the gate:
      Again a 25 year old man was killed in his bedroom, trying to protect his girlfriend and child wtf does that have to do with ‘taking personal responsibility’?

      You’re a simple trailor park fuck, take your ass back to 8 mile with your idol and you can ‘live’ hip hop in a secure environment.
      —————

  • barbarian at the gate

    As you noted, ROX ONE, “why is it every single issue needs to come back to this self-pitying culture of victimhood?”

    Because it’s the ultimate rationalization and escape card for avoiding personal responsibility for making bad decisions & behavior.

    Sure beats looking in the mirror & making an ice-cold assessment of how things should have been done different.

    Not good how this routine is turning into an almost automatic response to any kind of bad shit in our society.

    It’s become such a knee-jerk response by both individuals and groups that it seems to be steadily warping folk’s fundamental honesty, judgement, and basic ability to repair the damage & keep it from happening again.

  • http://www.myspace.com/chronikill ROX ONE

    “Because it’s the ultimate rationalization and escape card for avoiding personal responsibility for making bad decisions & behavior.”

    Me, I like to determine my self-worth by the performance of my fantasy football team.

  • barbarian at the gate

    Every game truly lays everything on the line, eh ROX ONE?

    Hell, why not wrap your psyche around a sport?

    I certainly saw enough Brits/Europeans copping that kind of stance with soccer the times I was in England & Europe.

  • http://www.myspace.com/chronikill ROX ONE

    It serves as a means of distancing myself from any responsibility for my own successes and failures.

    It’s a lot easier for me to take a game more seriously than life…and when things don’t go the way I like, it’s a hell of a lot easier to blame the Shawn Alexanders of the world than it is to (to quote you) look in the mirror & making an ice-cold assessment of how things should have been done different.

    I’m trying to formulate a more well thought out theory around that…but Shawn Alexander is holding me down..

  • barbarian at the gate

    Heavy

    I’m certain you’ll rise to the task.

  • http://www.theunderwriters.blogspot.com THE UNDERWRITER

    Damn… heated discussion going on here.

    ATL’s first post kept it realest.

    Fame is the deadliest drug available, and the most expensive. Why the fuck do I want anyone – white, black, Mexican, North Korean, Iranian or Russian running up in my house?

    I think that rappers need to start looking more closely at the ground upon which they walk. We all share the same earth, and if it starts getting slim for the pickings, who wouldn’t take what they needed just to survive?

    Rappers need to realize that Kanye didn’t just make a business statement when he outsold Curtis. He was a harbinger for the changing times.

    You can’t sell drugs and expect to have a long and successful career. You can’t rob people and expect to not get caught or shot sooner or later. And you can’t flaunt your spoils of victory in the face of those who have yet to put down a good meal for the day.

    The Drought is Over…