Shots go off, mother's cry
Death still rise, homicide
Black on black crime needs to stop
Y'all can't blame it on hip hop
Cause what we say is what we see
What we see is reality
The ghetto's the ghetto you got them livin in sorrow
Soon they won't live to see tomorrow
Wycleff Jean - Industry
Simeon Peter 19 Gunshot
Omar Hotley 21 Gunshot
Elliot Reid-Thomas 29 Gunshot
Elon Rush 27 Gunshot
Brenton Charlton 31 Gunshot
Patrick Pitters 19 Gunshot
Jayvien Piper 22 Gunshot
Kayan Smith 24 Beaten
Curwin Clarke 26 Gunshot
Anthony Walker 24 Gunshot
Ted Erhirhie 25 Gunshot
Ricardo Brown 24 Gunshot
Farouk Musah 33 Gunshot
Lancelot Green 23 Gunshot
Shemaul Cunningham 21 Gunshot
Keino Trotman 32 Gunshot
Harry Asare 22 Gunshot
Andrew Christie 23 Gunshot
Harrison Yiga 20 Gunshot
This is a partial list of some of the young black men murdered (and their ages) in Toronto in 2004 as compiled in the Toronto Star last Friday. What can I say? This urban warfare is real and not only do I occasionally fear for my own life but I constantly fear for the lives of the young people especially the children out there.
I mean I could literally quote a million hip hop lines like the one above asking the youth to stop the violence , to think before they pull the trigger, to try and stay out of trouble, to show restraint. Does it make a difference? NOPE!
Gunshot, Gunshot, Gunshot! No their last names listed above is not gunshot its the way that their lives were ended. When you see the individual names written out and the photos it sort of rings home to you a lot more vividly than just reading the statistics. One dying here and there isn't as tragic as seeing them all lined up together and realizing that almost half the murders in this city were young black men.
You look at the faces and think this kid looks like someone I know, he is the same age as my cousin, he could be my brother, my friend or gee that kid looks like a good kid I cant imagine who would want to take him out, I wonder how his family is dealing with the death.
I could justify these deaths if we were at war, if we were all living in Iraq, dodging mortars and AK-47 rounds but what war is really being fought on the streets of Toronto except one for the survival of black men. Clearly that war is at a crossroads and guns are too easily accessible in this city.
And how do you justify these lives lost? You really cant, its just mainly senseless deaths where someone was in the wrong place at the wrong time or someone mistook someone for another person they had beef with or someone was retaliating for some earlier act of violence or disrespect or someone was vex because they were thrown out of the club. Murdered over nuttin but dumb ish! Senseless, juvenile, asinine behavior.
What happened to valuing life? What happened to make us so quick on the draw like Jesse James and Billy the Kid?
Guns no kill people, people with guns kill people. With all the struggles black men have to face daily in North America killing one another makes absolutely no sense. Its crazy!
This might sound a little strange to you
well here's the reason I came to you
We gotta put our heads together, and stop the violence
Cause real bad boys move in silence
When you're in a club, you come to chill out
not watch someone's blood just spill out
That's what these other people want to see
another race fight endlessly
Boogie Down Productions - Stop The Violence