Emperors or Fools: Why The Game and Snoop Lion need to Re-Focus Their Activist Impulses

“In this life we are either kings or pawns,

emperors or fools.” –Napoleon Bonaparte.

It is always amazing to me when people rush to get out of their lane of expertise; there is no doubt that such unwise decision invariably leaves the person looking like a fool, even if they fail to realize it.

As America continues down a path that can be considered nothing other than a period of tenuous Race relations that super-cedes the GAME 1usual angst and discord that we are mired within, we have seen African-American professional athletes attempt to step forward as if their physical prowess somehow or someway translates into an increase in intellectual abilities that provide them with unprecedented insight regarding how we can solve this nation’s four-century old racial discord.

There is no doubt that if African-American athletes such as Carmelo Anthony are willing to now ‘stand-up’ and try their hand at solving racial discord that the noted scholar W.E.B. DuBois termed ‘the problem of the twentieth-century’; it would not be long before rappers arrived with their feeble-minded misguided attempt at addressing the problem.

Into this seemingly endless discussion enters The Game and Snoop Lion, also known as Snoop Doggy Dogg; yes that same individual who recently implicitly threatened to kill TV-ONE political commentator Roland Martin and has been pictured demeaning Black women as if they are K-9s. Make no mistake about it, both of these individuals have spent huge portions of their careers championing, propagating, and advocating for a Los Angeles gang lifestyle that has made its participants the scourge of our communities.

Apparently the killing of officers in Dallas has led these two to decide that they must now atone for their sins and do something that no one else has been able to do during the twentieth-century, that being, leading both the Black and Brown community out of the social filth and criminal squalor that they have dedicated so much of their lives creating and maintaining.

Snoop Lion and The Game recently led a ‘peaceful unity march’ of Black and Brown men to the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) Headquarters; no need for you to worry about any conflict occurring between the officers and the ‘peaceful protesters’ because Snoop and The Game called ahead to inform the LAPD that they were on the way with a friendly dispensation to boot.

Those assembled wanted no trouble from the officers, they simply wanted to inform the ‘boys in blue’ that “from today forward, we will be UNIFIED as minorities & we will no longer allow them to hunt us or be hunted by us!!!” 

Desperate to appear civil before LAPD leaders, as if that were going to make any difference in their public begging campaign for the on-Snoop 4going war between law enforcement officers and African-American men to cease, march organizers sought to put their best foot forward by filtering known trouble-makers from the march. There apparently is no room for common street behavior such as ‘keeping it real’ when in the presence of white authority figures.

Participants were ordered to “not: bring any weapons or anything illegal. Do not come high or belligerent…We don’t need any HOT HEADS or anyone there for the wrong reasons…We do not need to be dumb, retarded or uncivilized today…Let’s erase the fear of one another on both sides & start something new here in the city of Los Angeles, a city we all love & share…I LOVE EVERY ONE OF YOU & WE OWE IT TO OURSELVES & OUR FAMILIES TO BE MEN & TAKE A STAND MY BROTHERS.. THE TIME IS NOW” (The Game)

There is no other way to perceive this so-called meeting than to consider it a wasted opportunity as the depths of Snoop and The Game’s plan was to relate that they no longer desired to be ‘hunted’ by LAPD officers. I am quite certain that LAPD leaders nearly laughed at the comedic duos attempt at being political leaders.

I have always stated that the piss poor behavior that we see many African-American males executing in the Black community flows from an innate realization that their conduct, language, actions, and activities are quite simply acceptable among our people; a population that the vast majority of them denigrate by commonly referring to any African-American as a Nigger. However, let this same population go among white folk of some means, they immediately straighten up and tow the line; including picking their pants up, taking out their gold fronts, and turning on a previously unseen charming demeanor.

The inability of the historic suffering of African-Americans to serve as the catalyst behind a serious effort to reform the voluminousSnoop 1 problems and issues within our community speaks volumes about the mindset of figures such as The Game and Snoop Lion. Apparently, their conscious only kicks in when officers are murdered as if the tens-of-thousands of Black deaths are a rudimentary occurrence. The Game himself speaks about being shot in his recordings, Snoop has talked about having innumerable ‘homeboys’ killed, apparently that was not enough to make them address this matter.

It is time for African-Americans to work on developing their community politically, economically, and socially as that is the only path to having the ability to develop, let alone execute, a response to the politico economic violence that our kind experience on a generational basis by whites.

In the words of The Game “We do not need to be dumb, retarded or uncivilized…” Until we apply that to our people on a daily basis in regards to our intra-racial problems and issues, the vast majority of our people are not going anywhere in life.

Not even a desperate and shameful effort to clean ourselves up and go downtown to meet ‘The Man’ will save us from their wrath as in our present state, we are totally defenseless against much of the evil, hurt, and harm that they arbitrarily decide to execute against our community and our loved one’s.

Dr. James Thomas Jones III

©Manhood, Race and Culture, 2016.

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