14. The “Free [Insert Rapper Here]” Movements
Does it absolutely suck when your favorite rapper gets chucked in the pokey? Yes. Black men are six times more likely to be incarcerated than their white counterparts for the same crime, and the disproportionate number of rappers that regularly get slammed into the paddy wagon seems to illustrate this glaring fact of racism. With that said: your favorite rappers, Lil’Boosie included, are not the Black Panthers, and this isn’t Selma in the 1960s. They’re not being incarcerated for trying to lift up their fellow brethren to help bring rise to a powerful Black nation; they’re getting caught with illegal guns, running drugs, and (in some cases) killing people. So you look downright stupid when you squawk on about “freeing” so-and-so. If you want to start a “Free Someone” movement, start with Assata Shakur and work your way through the freedom fighters of the decades. Max B ain’t on that list, breh.