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After the death of Young Dolph, when will we get serious?

By Che

Adolph Robert Thornton, Jr., also known as Young Dolph, was murdered in his hometown of Memphis yesterday. The 36-year-old father of two had stopped to buy some cookies at Makeda’s Homemade Cookies in Memphis when he was gunned down in broad daylight. 

This was the second attempt on the rapper’s life. The first was in September of 2017 when he was shot multiple times in Hollywood, CA.  

Dolph today, King Von, Nipsey, Pac, Big, and so on yesterday. But make no mistake, hip-hop isn’t dangerous in and of itself. The music is nothing but a communique from the world that is the streets. The danger in the art, however, is that it exemplifies the death and destruction that is the streets. 

But the epicenter of the violence that results in the death of artists like Young Dolph begins in the streets where unknowns who get no airtime on your timeline become chalk outlines daily. 

The problem with inner city violence is that there are so many conversations about how to solve it but none that tell the truth. Instead, the industry keeps certain narratives and lies alive that allow them to run their continuous grift on the community. So, what is the truth?  

The truth is the greatest threat to the inner cities, inner cities mostly comprised of Black and Brown people, is not the police, not “white supremacy,” and definitely not the Kyle Rittenhouse’s of the world. 

No, the biggest threat is the complete lack of social structure and order. 

It is the lack of adequate authority figures that leads to an overall lack of respect for authority. And the root of that is due to the lack of fathers in the household.  

The absence of a strong masculine presence has left families raised by single mothers who, although they should be commended for their efforts, cannot fill the void of that strong disciplinarian in the household. But no one wants to talk about this because that would entail getting real answers and solving real problems.  

Instead, the agenda is to distract and point fingers everywhere but where the actual problem lies. If ever there was a racist agenda here in the US at the present time, it would be the political and social justice grifters feigning support for the “people” while complicitly keeping the truth from them.  

They know if the people ever turn their attention inward and solve the problems that begin in the home, instead of chasing boogeyman theories of the Ku Klux Klan riding in the hills of Appalachia, there will be real change. 

But then again, how are the grifter politicians going to get elected and non-profits keep up their “community work?” 

These people come in the form of white liberals. Specifically, ones that sleep well at night because their “allies” in the struggle against white supremacy, the Black and Brown college educated, return to the inner cities spreading the elitist academia doctrine. That’s what’s going on.  

You want to talk about white supremacy? Let’s talk about the doctrine of white liberalism on the minds of communities of color. Let’s talk about the Democratic Party and the ideology of government interventionist policies that have left urban America in economic despair.  

If white supremacy is responsible for these communities’ conditions, why aren’t we looking to who has the tightest grip on them? Why are we focused on white conservatives with little to no influence on this population, while white liberal ideologies that have had a monopoly on the groupthink of the ghetto go unscathed? 

The great Malcolm X had the following to say about the white liberal and his influence on the Black community back in the 1960’s: 

“The worst enemy that the Negro have is this white man that runs around here drooling at the mouth professing to love Negros and calling himself a liberal, and it is following these white liberals that has perpetuated problems that Negros have. If the Negro wasn’t taken, tricked, or deceived by the white liberal, then Negros would get together and solve our own problems. I only cite these things to show you that in America, the history of the white liberal has been nothing, but a series of trickery designed to make Negros think that the white liberal was going to solve our problems. Our problems will never be solved by the white man.” 

What’s even more dangerous is the person who leaves the “hood” to attend a university and soaks up the doctrine of oppression politics. And why wouldn’t they? You come from a place of poverty and despair and now some white people, presumably with more power and resources, tell you it’s not your fault. 

In fact, you’re a victim of your environment. So, you really don’t need to be held accountable for your actions.  

This ideology that reeks from the top colleges speaks of nothing but victimhood. They create the image of the helpless, poor, colored person who cannot escape the long reach of white supremacy until good white people decide to act. This does nothing but keep the power in the hands of corporate/academic/political liberal oppressors. 

The longer America’s inner cities listen to the lie that they’re powerless to change their conditions, the more young men will die in the streets. 

We have to start being real. When a young Black or Brown male living in the inner city walks out of his front door who is he looking over his shoulder for? Who is doing the killing? Who is being irresponsible when it comes to their family responsibilities? 

We can’t keep telling a lie. We can’t keep making excuses and pointing fingers. All that does is allow for the problem to persist and eventually metastasize into a full-blown genocide.  

It’s time to stop with the silly rhetoric that leads to fat pockets of notorious grifters and take an honest look at who’s staring back in the mirror. 

No one is going to save you or me, but us.

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Che is a writer and host of “The No Spoon Podcast” on Scoon TV.

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