“Niggas get shot everyday, B.” Cam’ron said this in the gangsta movie classic, Paid in Full.
From the moment it was uttered, the line became iconic. Even 13 years later, memes like the one below are used to solidify its legendary status.
For those unfamiliar, Paid in Full centers around three friends turned drug dealers. One of the drug dealers, Ace, gets shot several times by rival drug dealers. Upon getting out of the hospital, Rico, played by Cam’ron, says his famous line and tells Ace to suck it up. Ace gives him a crazy look and tells him he’s out of the drug dealing game.
Cam’ron told him to just brush it off. It’s nothing. To get shot meant nothing.
I see this same complacency about bullet wounds, mostly fatal, when it comes to police brutality on the basis of racism.
It’s nothing. Just another dead body swinging on a tree.
While gun violence comes with the territory in the field of drug dealing, it should not come with the territory of having dark skin. That is not something to just digest as a normal, everyday occurrence even if it is a normal, everyday occurrence. It’s not right. Death means something. Our lives mean something.
ATTN: “the next train’s coming” has moved!
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