As a victim of gun violence in 2003, I still never knew that Black men were killing each other at an epidemic rate until I moved to Baltimore, Maryland in 2011. Additionally, I never knew that Blacks had such a disdain for one another until I moved to Baltimore, Maryland. As a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc, it’s fulfilling and rewarding to see another member of Omega Psi Phi (Rickey Smiley) speak up in regards to the truth about the Black community. Rickey Smiley spoke passionately out of pure anger regarding the death of a pastor’s daughter during Easter weekend in Birmingham, Alabama. According to ABC News, 32-year-old Areyelle Yarbrough was shot and killed at a local park during an Easter weekend gathering.
Hearing another Black man, especially, a member of my fraternity express the same frustration and anger about Black on Black crime allows to feel somewhat of a relief. I’ve been told several times that I lost my mind when I started expressing my passion for eradicating Black on Black crime across America. It’s truly and epidemic. Smiley ask “ what is wrong with us, why we don’t know how to act?”. I’ve been listening to YouTube sensation Tommy Sotomayor for the last five years, and his theories, thoughts, and beliefs are spot on with Rickey Smiley’s rant on social media that took place recently. He’s Fed up, just like I am. In fact, he’s a victim of Black on Black gun violence as well, and guess what? His daughter is too.
Now that I think about it, my nephew is a victim of gun violence as well and last summer, my cousin’s nephew was killed after attempting to carry out a robbery in Statesville, North Carolina. I remember the first Neely Fuller Jr video, I watched on YouTube titled “ Blacks Must Stay Away From Each Other”. I truly believe that this video was the beginning of my awakening in regards to survival as a Black man in America. Survival as a Black man in America, has nothing to do with racist Whites or the “Proud Boys”. Survival in Black America has everything to do with understanding that a Black man or boy will kill you quicker than a racist White cop any day. Again, it is rewarding and fulfilling to see and hear another Black man speak up out of sheer frustration and anger.
According to ABC News, even a toddler was shot during this incident last weekend in Birmingham, Alabama. Two weeks in a row, I saw that two different road rage incidents has lead to the deaths of two different toddlers in two different states in less than 10 days. At times, I do not have to search and discover the race of people who are pulling the triggers as I see the notifications going off on my phone on a daily basis. Recently, two weeks in a row in Virginia Beach, there were shoot outs that lead to the death of cops, a celebrity, and of course more Black people. You would think, after the death of Nipsey Hussle, Black people would wake up and put the guns and gang flags down and try to unite and love one another. In fact, Nipsey Hussle’s, funeral was the perfect display of the state of mind of Black America. Instead of Snoop Dogg and Nipsey’s younger brother getting on that stage in front of millions and saying “ stop the violence”, “ burn the gang flags”, they were on the stage glorifying and steal idealizing “gang culture”.
Even his wife, Lauren London was glorifying Nipsey Blue which essentially means “crip blue”. You know, the gang that was originated on the West Coast. The gang that has been the responsible for hundreds of Black men’s brains been splattered on the pavement or a car window. In fact, I’m almost terrified every time I’m at a red light waiting for it to turn green. Scared another Black man will shoot through my window out of pure jealousy and envy. Rickey Smiley suggest stop going to parks with crowded people (Blacks). I suggest Black men and women should stop going to predominately Black night clubs, parks, gyms, gas stations, homecomings, cook outs, family reunions, and any function where the crowd is predominately Black.
I mean let’s think about it. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out if a group of people are listening to music that is promoting and glorifying gun violence in it’s lyrics and drinking alcohol and consuming opioids, that something sinister is bound to happen. Even myself, if I am drinking and listening to our favorite music genre (gangster rap), I will forget the education I have received and revert back to the behavior and glorification of gangster life before the night is over. Rickey Smiley is fed up and coming in to his wisdom about the Black community. He states “ public service announcement, we are in danger”.
Again, it is a relief to finally hear a Black celebrity tell the truth about the state of Black America. We want to blame “ White Supremacy”, however, it’s not the White Supremacist I’m looking over my shoulder for when I walk to my car at night after leaving a grocery item or my phone in the car. It’s a Black man, teen, or boy that I’m looking for in the night. Sadly, Covid 19 has given uneducated African-American degenerates permission to wear mask 24/7. This has to be the last days. I heard gun shots in the woods today, and I don’t have to ask the race of color of the imbecile that was pulling the trigger. LORD HELP US!