[Opinion] F*ck Lil Reese & Our Desensitization To Ignorance That World Star Hip Hop Has Created
The other point that must be made is how we have become alarmingly more comfortable with the violent destruction of our young women. We laughed when the bus driver uppercut that young women, we somewhat shrugged at Lozada being head butted by Ochocinco and we, as well as Rihanna, forgave Chris Brown for wrecking her face on a chilly February night in California. Although each of these incidents have come with extraordinary circumstances where the woman has to shoulder some of the blame (the young woman attacking the bus driver first, Lozada’s violent past and Rihanna perhaps striking Brown first), these circumstances do not make it okay to batter the opposite sex.
Young black women are losing their value rapidly in our society. Whether it be degraded in music videos as faceless bodies gyrating to the beat or being smacked up on camera without barely a blink of an eye, it is a dangerous time to be a black woman in the United States of America. If us, as black men, don’t value our women, who will? The fact that Lil Reese’s crew was cheering on the destruction of that young woman is troubling. However, WSHH puts up videos of women getting beat up all the time. Whether it be the bus driver uppercut or a group of African American women brawling in the streets while men laugh and wait for a breast to pop out, it’s constantly being embedded into our psyche that we don’t value our women. And if you are a young African American woman that sees the Joseline Hernandez and Evelyn Lozadas of the world get rewarded by being ratchet on television, then what are you to think about how to make it in America? The fact that our women are most valuable when they cheapen themselves is an extraordinary paradox that we have yet to figure out.
So, what do we do in order to combat this? Speak up. If you don’t have a voice that stretches across the country, speak up by not endorsing violent and ignorant images in our music and on our television screens. Don’t buy a Chief Keef record or give him the YouTube clips to remain relevant. (Side note: Isn’t it scary that he has “fans?”)
I know that somebody will say that all of this is harmless at the end of the day and really doesn’t affect how you live.
Well, you go ahead and tell Trayvon Martin’s parents that.
I may receive some backlash for saying this, but instances such as this play a big part as to why Trayvon Martin was shot in cold blood by George Zimmerman. I know, how can I tie all of this to Trayvon? Follow me for a minute…
By creating an atmosphere where our black youth is deemed as violent savages, once one of those presumed beasts escapes the zoo of their ghetto and enters society, people will feel threatened. Thanks to the violent images of our community projected into the homes of corporate America, rural America and the other cities that have never experienced black culture, a stereotype is established. Right or wrong, that is the predominant image of African Americans on the internet. World Star Hip Hop is the #1 urban website. It would be different if Davey D’s site was up there too. But alas, it isn’t.
And let’s keep it real, we are just as afraid of our people as “they” are.
When you see a kid in a hoodie beat a woman senseless on camera and then see another kid with a hoodie in your neighborhood, fear and misunderstanding will cause a negative reaction. It’s called racial profiling kids. Some will call the police out of fear while others will turn into a wild cowboy in an attempt to eradicate the threat.
At the end of the day, Trayvon Martin looks like Lil Reese and Lil Reese looks like Trayvon Martin to the naked eye that is attached to a tainted brain. George Zimmerman followed Martin because he fit the profile, a profile they created and is heightened by websites such as WSHH and record labels that reward this ignorance with fame and a deal. How can we end police brutality, racial profiling, stop and frisk and various other forms of legalized racism when all we do is uphold the stereotype. We have to play our part in making a change and my part is making sure that the other side of our communities are exposed. We are not all savages that enjoy senseless acts of violence. We are intelligent people who struggle to prove that we can make it in this world by being articulate, thought provoking and valuable contributors to society. Sadly, it is much easier to make it and achieve fame by being a fool rather than being the smart kid in the class. It held true in elementary school and is hammered home every single time a WSHH video reaches a million views and a uneducated reality TV star gets paid gross amounts of money to walk through a nightclub.
I’m not scared of my unborn children becoming the next Lil Reese, I’m scared of my unborn children becoming the next Trayvon Martin or Derrion Albert.
Now that’s reality.