In 1984 at the beginning of “The Crack Epidemic” we were told that we had to “Just Say No To Drugs.”
Who the hell said, “Yes!” it wasn’t the community,so who created the game?
I am not aware of any hustler in the hood that has his own jet to fly crack through the friendly skies.
Can Tyrone standing on the corner crank up his jet,fly over and bring back product or powder to flood the streets?
Does Latorya have a compass and a Passport to Nicaragua?
You know the answer to both of those questions.
If it is damn near impossible for us to flood the country and we would laughed if someone asked, don’t you think it was a fairytale back then to make all that money?
Don’t you think we were set up in 1984, when the fantasy became a financial and ethical nightmare?
We were systematically drugged and controlled by the Crack Epidemic and the families our still struggling from it.
If daddy is doing a bid, and mom has to raise 3 little girls and a son or older brother wants to be “the man of the house” that sparks the flame…
If you create those prison boxes and caskets to put men in, that community loses a builder, teacher, and protection.
It is that simple to chip away at the family structure.
You can tell when a crack head became addicted.
Look at the way they are dressed.
Most crack addicts dress in the era that they were sober.
It is a dead give away that they were cracked out in the 1980’s, if they have a side pony tail , patent leather shoes and a hot pink Wind Breaker Jacket.
The drug epidemic broke us completely down, and even if everyone stopped slinging crack now the damage has caused prisons to be flooded, and caskets to be lowered.
Dreams were deterred and the families lost daddy, and the family structure to the game.
Now, we can attempt to bring our communities back, but the force and the poison tested on us will not go away, and once again it was not administered by us,but we suffer.
Who wanted to ruin our society?
In 1984 Government officials could not segregate us legally.
They used the crack epidemic to segregate us chemically and mentally,and their mission was a success.
San Jose Mercury News journalist Gary Webb sparked national controversy with his 1996 Dark Alliance series which alleged that the influx of Nicaraguan cocaine started and significantly fueled the 1980s crack epidemic. Investigating the lives and connections of Los Angeles crack dealers Ricky Ross, Oscar Danilo Blandon, and Norwin Meneses, Webb alleged that profits from these crack sales were funneled to the CIA-supported Contras. Although Webb never claimed that the CIA directly aided drug dealers, it echoed the Kerry Committee conclusion that the CIA was aware of large shipments of cocaine into the U.S. by Contra personnel.-Wikipedia
Gary Webb is not lying to you.
We did not have the capacity and the financial backing to flood the streets, but the friendly skies were open to those who could afford it, and no one would think to check our Central Intelligence…
The men who possessed our Central Intelligence used cracked up pieces of soap to control our minds and spirits.
The government and used our community and livelihood to destroy our dignity and culture.
We have Crack Addicted babies that become hustlers and sell it to the new breed of addicts.
No one in America hates their own, we were controlled, abandoned in a jungle full of addiction and ghost of former ancestors, that now have disease, poverty, and violence.
“We let others still our royalty, and confused money with loyalty.” ***messymandella***
Some children knew how he loved to draw,and was abused and constantly had cigarette burns on his body.The Time Magazine published a story on his death,and asked the family for a picture.They only had his mug shot.
This 11-year-old who carried guns,went into his casket with a suit that was too big for his little body,and his teddy bears.
This dead boy killed Shavon Dean, a neighborhood friend with a stray bullet. He called his grandma and wanted to confess. The Black Disciples heard he would confess.
Yummy was escorted by his BGD members. They killed him,instead of hiding him, like they promised. Yummy(who loved sweets),died in an alley full of broken glass.His grandmother(Mom) wanted to find him.She carried his clothes with her,and was ready to bring him home,to confess. Here is the documentary link http://mediaburn.org/video/weekend-tv-sandifer-murder/ Please realize the quality is grainy,but message authentic. UPDATE: If too many people are watching the video at the same time, you can’t access the link. Here is a crime scene video on the case. http://mediaburn.org/video/robert-sandifer-murder-case-5/#video from Andrew Jones. Thanks to Mediaburn.org!***Actual Funeral Footage***
Yummy had so many brothers and sisters,and they were all getting abused ,and burnt by cigarettes.The coroner report said he had 49 scars on his bodyhttp://articles.chicagotribune.com/1996-10-31/news/9610310281_1_abuse-victim-donoghue-scars. One of his brothers went blind because his mom would not take him to the doctor. His grandmother was his mom. He called his mom “Reen”. This lost soul haunted Tupac.“Shorty want to be a thug” also paid homage to Robert Yummy’s short life,and other babies killed by violence. This is the song that was made to remember the tragedy.http://youtu.be/eN6S8G_SXCg
There is also a book based on his life, that it is read to inner city youth to keep them from ending up, like Yummy.
Here is part 2, the aftermath of Yummy’s death.https://messymandella.com/2012/07/17/robert-yummy-sandifers-killers/ Yummy’s book is read as a lesson plan in inner city schools.
Martin Luther King Jr. held on to the virtues of patience and “turning the other cheek” when his enemies wanted him to cease his marching and liberation for all people. In 1955 Montgomery residents of color endured mistreatment and physical abuse but stayed obedient to law enforcement to risk lynching or other arrest in a bias system. Martin Luther King created the blue print for the “Montgomery Bus Boycott” in the year of 1955 in which feminist Rosa Parks legacy and life’s work is forever linked to in our history books and Civil Rights Movement history.
MLK,the activist that instilled the legend of freedom in us still reside in our lives and family plans,if we just listen. I assume have to be shaking their heads in disgust. These people marched. were bitten by dogs, sprayed with hot fire hydrants, falsely arrested, and had crosses routinely burnt on their yard, but they didn’t stop fighting for us!
I have told you guys this story before, but here we go again. My great, great Grandfather Ned was a mulatto and he was a farmer who acquired land and his own garden to have the deed for a make a living off his hard work and vegetables he produced. The Klu Klux Klan in South Carolina showed up on his land and burned a cross right in his garden. They came “looking for him.” My Granddaddy had to hide in a barrel of sweet potatoes that entire night that his wife, my grandmother covered him up in so her husband,my grandaddy would not get lynched.
On October 14, 1964, King received the Nobel Peace Prize for fighting for inequality and resisting the urge These families and ‘s blood is on are hands if we are killing each other and disrespecting his life by turning our streets into a death trap for young adults and innocent children.
A rapper,Doe B, whom recently succumbed to gun shots lost his life recently in Alabama but the news also reported 48 other gun related deaths in just that area alone the same years. King marched to give us a chance to educate and be a part of history and the rebuilding of America. King died protecting our rights and to creating unity among all races and sexes.
With all the historical landmarks that Martin Luther King traveled by pounding the pavement, in and in the end dying for us.
Do you think he would be proud that we are killing each other?
Can you envision King being ecstatic that his legacy has accomplished and celebrated even though the racist in this case, has the exact color of skin as the intended victim?
Instead of marching forward we have taken ten steps back.
I love my music and movies that have obscene or derogatory language.
I would be lying If I said I didn’t,and you consistent readers know I feel horrible about how Bobby Shmurda was treated by Epic Record.
It appears some of us don’t understand we can move mountains and live our life and still love our art from struggle from pain and oppression.We are suppose to grow from it, not repeat it!
We have to imagine the strength MLK had also understand and remember when Malcolm X was murdered he changed his militant views and embraced people of all races.
He lived for us to live as respectful human beings not savages to make a difference, and some of us don’t remember or acknowledge the fact he was murdered TODAY!
Are WE better?
Bobby Shmurda is a product of his environment, now when he has a chance to reunite with his family on the outside. Bobby will have the chance to make that difference.
If he decides to stay in the negative light and stereotypes of our men, he has no one to blame but himself. He deserves a chance, and prayers. We don’t know everything, and you don’t give up on our men unless they don’t learn from their 15th incarceration!
WE CAN ALL BE MORE!
If we don’t live by the doctrine of betterment for our livelihood and families, King was assasignated for no reason and we are spitting on his legacy.
My goal is to live as if Martin Luther King Jr. was looking over my shoulder,and I am sure he would tap me on my shoulder because of my temper.
I still strive to make a difference and make him proud!
Right now as I look around Chicago, Detroit, and other neighborhoods we have ruined with gang violence I am 100% ashamed and I know we have failed his legacy.
The truth is we spit on his death every time we put that colored bandana in our back pocket, and take the safety off the gun, to murder someone who would have marched beside us, if Martin Luther King Jr. had lived.
Len Bias (November 18, 1963 – June 19, 1986)his tragic life still haunts basketball players and coaches,29 years later after his death.
Our community and the Boston Celtics can only estimate his accomplishments, since he never even enjoyed his new-found fame and wealth.
Now we can only marvel over the games and his statistics and wonder what would have occurred if it wasn’t for that party,that tragic night?
How would Len Bias’s legacy compare with NBA Athletes such as Kobe Bryant,Scottie Pippen, Kareem, and of course Magic Johnson, Charles Barkley, Larry Bird, and even Lebron James and D.Wade?
We revisit Len’s game in this 1985 clip uploaded that was filmed the year before he died.
We are still captivated and admire him in amazement and regret, and sadness at all these highlights, that never will tell his intentions and what he would contributed to the entire world, and in and off the professional court.
Len Bias was second pick in the 1986 NBA draft.
Did Len Bias have a promising legacy? Of course he did, and that is why he is still discussed.
Would he be on Sports Center now discussing the drafting possibilities and have a family of his on, or maybe be a coach or owner of his own basketball team?
Some NBA historians think he could have rivaled Michael Jordan?
We unfortunately we will never know,but there is a Len Bias in every neighborhood with talent that loses it to their outside surroundings.
Lin Bias left dinner,in his newly leased car and headed to the local dorm to hang out and enjoy his promising new life.
That night he snorted cocaine 2 days after being drafted and had a seizure and died before anyone even witnessed his highly anticipated year.
The world was anticipating an event that would never come…
The Sports World assumed that they would watch the soon to be legend score points and run up and down the court in his rightfully owned, Celtics Jersey.
Truthfully,Len became a legend, but not how he planned it, or the rest of the world envisioned..
Len Bias never began his NBA career and technically lost everything that he worked for in one night, because of lines of Cocaine.
Len also signed a $3,000,000 contract to endorse Reebok, that he never even had a chance to advertise for, and he never even modeled the shoe.
He died, and now we have his documentary, but I found a game of the legend as well.
Now, we can all ponder on what the Basketball world will never forget, Mr.Len Bias. The world is also left examining how much did the game lose, and why did it end up this way, “With Out Bias” all we have is the “What If?s”
According to writer Richard JT, “Bias was way more advanced than Jordan while in college.”
His “childhood friend” Brian Tribble (known drug dealer) was convicted of supplying the cocaine that tragic night and I am sure he lives with that haunting truth, every day. He didn’t Kill Bias, but imagine if you were the one that supplied that dose.
That has to be a haunting that never goes away.
I have friends and family members that chose selling and doing drugs over their talent, and they regret it every day.
Now they watch the games!
However, some of them should be on that same damn court, getting the attention.
At times, it saddens you to see these men doing nothing with their talent and letting their boys bring them down.
It happened, and it will always happen.
Unlike talent destroyed as in the case of Len Bias, Michael Jordan kept perfecting his game.
Jordan is the Best NBA Player of all time, and that is a fact.
Len Bias should be an NBA Legacy, instead he is a NBA Tragedy.
Len Bias will always haunt the Basketball Community, anytime he is mentioned in conversations.
We still think about his potential now.
He has been gone for 29 years, so we must demonstrate and teach the youth how talent can be lost within a minute, and one minute you are living your dream, and the next minute you aren’t living at all…
Len’s story should be told and never forgotten, so these young men and women don’t waste their talent, and never get to even celebrate all of their overcoming of adversity , earned awards, and their recognition for their professional dedication.
This story was important 29 years ago, and it is important now.
If only …