And they say that it’s the white man I should fear! Well it’s my own kind doing all the killing here!
Tupac Amaru Shakur,
Another Brother that was Murdered by a Black Hand
I am certain that by now you are aware that rising rapper Chinx has been murdered in an early morning drive-by shooting near Jamaica Queens, New York. Although there has been an overflow of sentiment and love for Chinx in the wake of his demise, the truth of the matter is that by meeting such a sudden and violent demise, the New York rapper joins an impressive roster of individuals, some you know and others you will never know, who were African-American, male, and met their demise at the hand of another African-American. The alluded to list includes the following individuals: Tupac Amaru Shakur (age 25), Biggie Smalls (age 24), Merlin Santana (age 26), Chris Bender (age 19), Big Hawk (age 36), Fat Pat (age 27), Big L (age 24), Andre Brooks (age 23), Jam Master Jay (age 36), Hakim Jamal (age 42), Malcolm X (age 39), Huey P. Newton (age 47), Soulja Slim (age 26), Marc Uter (age 19), and Darrent Williams (age 24).
What does Chinx’s murder mean at a unique moment when African-Americans are busying themselves with chants of Black Lives Matter and routinely implementing reactionary ineffectual riotous behavior each time a white officer kills a Black man. One is left to wonder, where is the public indignation that followed the murder of Michael Brown, Darren Garner, or any of the other victims of death by officer for a figure like Chinx or Tupac or Jam Master Jay or Merlin Santana or Big Hawk or Soulja Slim or Big L or Huey P. Newton and the list goes on and on?
Could it possibly be that in a nation that has historically abused, beaten, enslaved, exploited, and even denied the humanity of Black lives, that the victims of such treatment are viewing themselves through their historic oppressor’s eyes? Put simply, in the gaze of whites, and an African-American population that has learned that their most reliable road to ending their socioeconomic marginality is to conform to the worldview of white powerbrokers, a Black life is akin to a ‘junk stock’. It appears that this metaphorical ‘junk stock’ has one path to increasing its value, that being, to meet its demise at a white hand. It appears that the value of Black lives is now measured by the amount of social unrest its demise allows.
One of the queries that droves of educated, progressive, and enlightened African-Americans have avoided is the following one; have Black neighborhoods, and the people who live within them, become something that we should avoid ‘by any means necessary?’ Ironically, much of what is wrong within Black neighborhoods can be attributed to the development of a dysfunctional Hip-Hop Culture that has encouraged moral depravity and ends-justify-the-means lifestyles. I am certain that many will resist this assertion with some antiquated argument regarding economic misery, drugs, etc. not having their genesis within our community, or the other argument I love, I am blaming the victim by calling for Black responsibility for Black lives.
Considering that the murder of Chinx and many other African-American males, regardless of their notoriety and fame, are seemingly attached in some form or fashion to a dysfunctional Hip-Hop Culture that has done little in recent memory to dissipate the flames of black-on-black crime or discord, I think it appropriate to quote rapper Meek Mills on this matter.
Mills’ commentary regarding Chinx murder is particularly poignant. He related that “This is exactly why I don’t play in the streets…I tell…my real day 1s get out that hood no matter what it cost or the circumstance! It’s nothing that add up to losing ya life at a young age!!! Niggas killing niggas that’s Tryna win! I got love for the people in the hood but I don’t fuck wit the hood nomore! I dont agree with the rules, most of that shit stupid to me now because I learned and it has nothing to do with having money! Seeing shit like happen always make my heart cold and make me act in cold ways towards my own kind of people! I hate to see potential DIE!! REST WELL #CHINX WE GONE FUCKING MISS YOU!!!”
Just in case you are one of those types that are determined to discount what a figure such as Meek Mill stated above, I am going to allow French Montana, Chinx’s mentor to close this piece out with his heartfelt commentary. Montana relates that “The devil comes in all shapes and sizes and he’s ruthless. Life here is temporary. They will kill you for this lifestyle, if they can’t afford it jealousy is a motherfucker Protect yourself, protect the people you love. I’m sad to see my brother go out like this, one of the realest people I met. This shit’s not right. These streets don’t love us. My prayers go to his kids and family. We going to finish off what we started #ripchinx.
BLACK LIVES MATTER ALWAYS!!!!!!!!!!!
James Thomas Jones III, Ph. D.
©Manhood, Race and Culture, 2015