Baltimore rapper King Los recently talked about the crisis going on in his hometown following the publicized death of Maryland man Freddie Gray.
In Los’ perspective, the legal system almost gives a green light for African Americans to be killed.
“There are more laws against us and it’s justifiable to kill us. I mean, it’s almost f*cking legal to kill us, bro. I just don’t understand how that can still be continuous through White prejudice, Black prejudice, it don’t matter. It’s a bigger issue than just race. We got a Black president and more Black kids are getting killed than ever. We got to do something, and I think it starts with having a value system put in place and there has to be actual real friendships between the communities and the police. Like I said, people got to really know God, and there is a war for your soul. You’re a human being first, then you’re a police officer. Know the love inside of yourself that’s not going to make you mishandle someone to the point where it’s not going to make you break their back or sever their spine.” (XXL Mag)
Chicago hip-hop artist Chance the Rapper recently said the power of social media, notably Twitter, should not be overlooked in addressing situations like the Baltimore crisis.
“I think it’s really most important for everybody to be informed, to be connected to the situation. I always say like there’s an act—when to be a hand or to be a voice. You gotta know when your Twitter is stronger or your body actually marches. Sometimes it’s either/or, you know? But I don’t want to dance around saying this sh*t is wrong. I think we all know that. It’s very hard to watch it happening on a loop.” (The FADER)
Last week, New York rapper Ja Rule gave his take on the Baltimore situation.
“I think it’s a very sad situation what’s going on in Baltimore. It’s not just Baltimore. I think it’s going on throughout the country. And with what’s going on in our urban communities with the police, I think it just needs to—Somebody needs to be the peacemaker. To bring it all together. To make things better on that front. And I don’t know who’s the guy to do it. I don’t know who’s gonna step up and be our leader…But as long as we keep marching peacefully, I think that’s the best way for us to get our point across.” (“Fox Business”)
Earlier this month, charges were handed out to the six officers that arrested Freddie Gray.
State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby declared that Freddie Gray’s death was a homicide, his arrest was illegal, and his treatment in custody amounted to murder and manslaughter. Onlookers began to cheer and then express amazement over Mosby’s announcement, which few expected so quickly. “The findings of our comprehensive, thorough and independent investigation coupled with the medical examiner’s determination that Mr. Gray’s death was a homicide,” Mosby said, “we have probable cause to file criminal charges.” (ABC News)