The Fall Continues: The Birth of Thug
If you can accept what’s been asserted thus far, then the following shouldn’t be too far beyond a logical conclusion. In this writer’s opinion, the United States government is not only responsible for the crack epidemic that crippled the African America community, but also responsible the explosion of gang violence across the nation.
From the bloodbaths in L.A., to the daily shooting sprees in Chicago, even a fool can see how the introduction of crack cocaine into the African-American community created the crack cocaine economy. As time past, crack cocaine became the most valuable commodity in the African American community. it could be bought sold and treaded for just about anything. A commodity like that in the hand of poor desperate people was worth killing for.
Before Freeway Ricky (and The Agency) came on the seen, the Bloods and Crips of L.A. were no more than local street gangs fighting over turf, low level drug sales and respect. With no money, no education and no futures, these young African America males was an army just waiting for a war. Freeway Ricky (and The Agency) gave them something to fight for. And fight they did.
With millions to be made, those that wasn’t smoking crack, wanted to make some fast money selling it. Selling crack was easy. You didn’t even have to know how to read or write. Selling crack was a job and that job paid very well. The product was available, the product was cheap, the product was addictive and there were a lot of customers. Being the only game in town, its easy to see why people would fight to the death to keep those jobs. Enter, “The Thug”.
Suddenly, the prices of homes in predominantly African American neighborhoods began to plummet from the modestly priced, to the, just board this shit up and get the hell out of Dodge. There was a new menace roaming the streets and his name was Thug. Thug was ignorant, hungry and violent. Anybody that could afford to get out, got out and they wisely never looked back.
Just as suddenly, when Thug moved in, the price per square foot of certain street corners in those very same neighborhoods sky rocketed because of the open air drug dealing. Thug changed once poor, but relatively peaceful neighborhoods into “The Hoods”. Thug was a property owner of sorts too. Thug invested in street corners, public housing stairwells and abandoned houses.
When Thug’s corners and other hotspots started generating more than a thousand dollars an hour on a slow day, Thug was willing to defend those corners and hotspots with a level of violence and disregard for life, never seen before. When that kind of money can be made in a community barely getting by, the draw was irresistible. Competition was inevitable. And, that’s when the Thug wars began.
In most wars the United States fights, few Americans personally know soldiers participating in the violence or the collateral damage caused. But in the Thug wars, nearly every African American knows somebody that’s been shot and wounded, killed or incarcerated as a result of the Thug wars. As far as the collateral damage goes, legions African Americans have personal stories of family members who lost their lives to Thug or his drugs.
When Ak-47’s began going off in crowds, school yards, in front of and through people’s homes, it was on. Drive by shootings became a sport. Parks and playgrounds became battlegrounds. When an innocent child would be killed by a stray Thug bullet, a few tears would be shed, a cheap funeral would be organized, some prayers by a neighborhood minister would be offered and that would be that.
Because African American lives didn’t matter anymore and only money did, it was get rich or die trying now. Unfortunately, those who didn’t die trying, just ended up going to jail.
Monday, Issues Under Fire will endeavor to explain America’s mainstream media’s twisted love affair with Thug.