April Fool’s Day, a day that is supposed to be filled with funny pranks and laughter, was very much out of the norm this year. The reason: On the eve of April Fool’s, a fool decided to take the life of Nipsey Hussle, a father and leader in the hip hop industry known for his motivational rap music. Hussel was gunned down outside of his South Central L.A. clothing store, allegedly by a childhood friend. Nipsey purchased the real estate to provide jobs and invest in the community where he grew up. According to CBS LA, “Nipsey was on a mission to give back to his community.”
The news shook the hip-hop community and pretty much broke the Internet. As for myself, I have not been able to get his wife, Lauren London and his family out of my mind. I know all too well the feeling of losing a loved one due to senseless gun violence. But more importantly, I know what it feels like to continue to watch our black brothers and sisters being taken from us by our black brothers and sisters.
Earlier this year, I read an article based on a study entitled, “Race, Crime and Emotions.” The story focused specifically on the way Black Americans respond to black-on-black crime. According to PsyPost, “Black people also reported they were the angriest when the victim and perpetrator were both black, followed by when the victim was black, and the perpetrator was white.” The article also stated that while black people do feel anger when the crime is a black perpetrator and the victim is white, the “most shame” is felt “when the perpetrator and the victim are both black.”
Crazy right? Well, if you think about the statistics with the recent rise in murders committed by police officers on black people—mostly men—it’s almost evident that the black culture is at a disadvantage when a dispute takes place. So why add to it?
When the murder of Nip first happened, the Internet went crazy with conspiracy theories that the government killed him because he was in the process of producing a documentary about the death of Dr. Sebi, a Honduran herbalist who claimed to have the cure for AIDS and who mysteriously died from pneumonia after being in police custody, according to BBC.com. I won’t lie, I thought for a second that it was possible. But in reality why would the government spend any time or money trying to kill a black man, when black people will do it for them for free? Besides, after I read a little more about the situation and some of Nipsey Hussle’s background—which included ties to gang members—I knew that this was some more black-on black-bullshit.
Yeah, I said it. Bullshit. Because that’s exactly what it is. There is nothing that justifies taking someone’s life. Think about it. Before making the decision to take someone’s life, you have the chance to decide if you want to commit such a heinous crime, meaning YOU STILL HAVE YOUR LIFE. Whatever the person said or did to you is obviously temporary, but killing them, that’s permanent. Ain’t no coming back once a body hits the ground lifeless. And to be honest, after the person is dead, the trigger puller is still the same person they were before they pulled the trigger. A lowlife, selfish asshole. It’s not the victim’s fault—you are who you are. You should blame your mama for that.
Okay, okay, that last line was a stretch, so I’ll take it back. Or as my three year-old godson says, “Just kidding.”
But seriously this shit has got to end. Now another man has been taken away from his family and loved ones. Another set of children is going to grow up without a father and for what? A confrontation took place and someone’s feelings were left but hurt? Come on now, is it really that serious? Like really, is taking a life over some trivial mess really worth it?