These Niggas….

Just when I thought that pants on the ground was the new biggest concern with the youth and that this shit was a thing of the past…

There goes the neighborhood.

I’m thinking to myself as I watched the news early yesterday morning, ‘nah, this is some random New York madness‘…imagining that what looked like a clip of New York’s finest hemming up a row of a dozen young Black and Hispanic Males on a Times Square curb in handcuffs, was just some craziness that ensued amidst the people camping out for the debut of the iPad this weekend.

But no,

One who is proud of his minority youth could only be so lucky to wish that was the case. Not only were these bastards being lined up and laid down on the pavement, they were allegedly taking part in some kind of gang initiation ritual that I didn’t even know about (and I’m a New Yorker people!) that apparently has been going down for the last few Easters!!

It gets worse…It appears the aimless violence seemed to be disorganized and targeted at women! I’ve heard horror stories about initiation patterns from the Newark sets of Bloods that designated days to attack or murder women or children in particular, and this was reminiscent of that as I watched the news coverage repeatedly flashing images of ignorant ass Memphis Bleek look-alike sociopaths in the making who couldn’t be any older than 21. The end result, 56 arrested, 4 shot. In some of the most awkward body parts ever!

Like really? Are we still on this???!! In New York of all places??

I remember the initiation day scares in high school on the cusp of the rise of New York gang culture. It always seems to be late, and an utter product of restlessness and immaturity. The moves are of a teen mentality in nature and are usually carried out by such. But that was then, this is now. It’s been quiet on the home-front as far as what we see publicized. There hasn’t been a peep about Gang attacks or uproars en masse in years. I guess they’ve taken this into account and noticed this, and felt the need to remind us, just in case we forgot.

As the recession has revealed itself to be a force that has stripped down comfort levels and turned open spaces into tight squeezes, it is noticeably evident that crime has jumped up nationwide in areas where it was previously low-key and not as conspicuous. I’ve seen in my own Harlem hometown that more brazen shit has popped off in the last few years than I can recall as an adolescent or teen. It can be a dangerous mix of the bind that financial strain has put on the inner city neighborhoods and the rapid gentrification prompting violence to spill over in obnoxious and visible ways, or the rebelliousness of a new don’t-give-a-fuck generation that we don’t quite yet understand because glamorized-crime Hip-hop has ruled their world for as long as they can remember. Either way, it’s saddening and super embarrasing to someone like me, because I’m pretty sure these negroes are mainly from my whereabouts, and events like this remind me to really keep a watch on my nephew who will no doubt have to deal with this kind of crap as he grows up – either indirectly or directly.

To get more information on what actually went down from a credible news source, I leave you with this link from The New York Times online.

And what’s news without Video?? News/4-shot-dozens-arrested-in-ny-mayhem/75983295001

Grow Up Niggas!!

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