Ian David Long: When ‘Thoughts & Prayers’ Don’t Work

So, I’m going to start today’s post a little different, son. Normally, I would give some intro about what I was going to talk about. But, before I say anything, I want people to read what Ian David Long wrote in a Facebook post the other day. So, here we go:

I hope people call me insane .. wouldn’t that just be a big ball of irony? Yeah… I’m insane, but the only thing you people do after these shootings is ‘hopes and prayers’.. or ‘keep you in my thoughts’ … every time… and wonder why these keep happening …

Now, to be clear, these are the words of a Marine veteran who shot and killed 12 people at the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, California. Look, in one post, a mass murderer destroyed our country’s indifference to gun control AND mental health. Real talk, after every incident, politicians send out “thoughts and prayers,” but never do anything to remedy the situation. Sadly, Ian Long knew this, man.

At this point, no one knows why Long committed these killings, fam. I mean, there’s speculation that he suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder after his time in Afghanistan. Shit, if that’s the case, should he have been allowed to legally purchase a .45-caliber Glock handgun? Listen, these are the type of scenarios that reasonable people think about when asking for gun reform. Real talk, I’m not one of those folks who think that nobody should have a firearm. I just want to make sure that the ones who do are in their right fucking mind. Clearly, Long was not one of those individuals, bruh.

In the end, I don’t know what else to say, son. Ultimately, I can’t definitively say that I know the reason for all of these mass shootings. Is it gun control? Is it mental health? Is it terrorism? Is it a combination of all of the above? I don’t fucking know, man. All I know is, this “thoughts and prayers” shit isn’t working, fam. With that being said, I’m tired of all of the partisan bullshit. At the end of the day, our elected officials need to get to the bottom of the issue and nip this shit in the bud, bruh. For God‘s sake, how many more people have to die? *Sigh* Rest In Peace to all of the victims, brethren. Once again, a group of innocent people died for no reason. LC out.

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We Never Knew Kanye West

Look, let me keep it a buck, son. Everything we ever thought we knew about Kanye West was a lie, man. The image he portrayed on all of his early albums was a lie, fam. On the real, I honestly believe we’re seeing the real him right now. For me, it’s no coincidence that when he became wealthy he began rejecting everything he previously stood for. Shit, he might be the biggest example of who I was talking about in my “Money Can’t Buy ‘Woke’” post, bruh. All in all, his White House meeting with Donald Trump was one of the most damaging things I’ve ever seen, folks.

Now, like I’ve said before, my real beef with Kanye is his gross lack of knowledge. Like, he picks the most public places and displays an INCREDIBLE misunderstanding of the issues. Real talk, when it comes to all of the fuckery he said yesterday, I don’t even know where to begin, son. I mean, we could talk about his thoughts on North Korea. He gave Trump credit for “solving” Barack Obama‘s biggest problem, despite the fact that North Korea hasn’t actually given up ANY of their nukes yet. Hell, they don’t even have a timeline for shutting down their damn nuclear program yet, man!

Moving on, we could talk about Kanye’s misguided views of Black people on welfare. Shit, can someone please tell him that White women represent the largest number of welfare recipients? Like, these are facts, brethren. Next, we could talk about the fact that he likened his MAGA hat to a Superman cape. Even worse, he said he couldn’t get behind Hillary Clinton‘s “I’m With Her” slogan because he was a dude. So, his “manhood” wouldn’t allow him to support a woman? He needed “male energy” in order to feel good about himself? My God, his biological father has fucking failed him, bruh. That’s sexism on a baffling level, people.

From there, we could talk about how he brought superstition into his analysis of the 13th Amendment. Son, what the fuck does a building not having a 13th floor have to do with the government’s “right” to treat prisoners like slaves? Sheesh, did I really hear him say that, man? What the fuck is actually going on here?! Lastly, we could talk about his “victim mentality” idea. Essentially, he used this idiotic phrase to recant everything he’s ever said about race relations in this country. Honestly, I think this was the worst part of the entire meeting, fam.

*Sigh* Kanye essentially blamed a “victim mentality” for why he previously criticized George W. Bush. He blamed a “victim mentality” for why Black people are upset about police brutality. Look, I guess getting murdered by the state with no reprisal has nothing to do with why we’re mad, bruh. Listen, this fool really brought up Black-on-Black crime for why we shouldn’t be upset with police. Newsflash, Kanye: ALL races are predominantly killed by members of the same fucking race! He would know that if he EVER read anything! Fuck, man! I didn’t think this dude could still make me angry, but I’m fucking livid! Like, he went to the cotdamn White House and said all that bullshit, son!

In my eyes, one of the main issues here is Kanye’s wealth. Only a wealthy person can afford the luxury of no longer identifying. Now, let me be clear, man: I’m not saying that money is a bad thing. Hell, I want a lot of it too, fam. However, Kanye wasn’t talking this shit when he was just a dude from Chicago. Frankly, he got rich and COMPLETELY forgot about the trial and tribulations of everyday people. He no longer has to be affected by the stop-and-frisk tactics that Trump wants to enact. He no longer has to worry about possibly dying at a traffic stop. He no longer has to worry about being mistreated by the justice system. So, he no longer gives a flying fuck about our pain, bruh.

In the end, the line in the sand has been drawn, son. Before, I was on some “I can’t fuck with Kanye” shit. Now, I’m on some “I can’t even fuck with you if you fuck with Kanye” shit. Ultimately, the music doesn’t matter, man. By and by, I don’t give a fuck if he drops another classic tomorrow. At the end of the day, I CANNOT and WILL NOT support a man who tries so hard to disparage the people who gave him a career and a platform. So, once and for all, fuck Kanye West, fam! That is all. LC out.

What Is Wrong With Today’s Youth?

So, here we are again, son. Another day, another violent act in an American school. Look, when a school shooting occurs, the conversation almost immediately turns to guns. Now, in a good amount of situations, that dialogue is warranted, man. However, I have another question that also needs addressing, fam: what is wrong with today’s youth, bruh? I mean, whether it’s killing their fellow students or committing suicide, death always seems to be the answer for these kids. All in all, I want to know why.

Ok, before I continue, let me talk about Dimitrios Pagourtzis. Now, as I’m sure we all know, Pagourtzis is the latest mass murderer to victimize a school. As of right now, ten people are dead and another thirteen are injured after the 17-year-old opened fire at Santa Fe High School in Texas. Currently, I don’t know if authorities have figured out a motive. According to victim Shana Fisher‘s mom, Shana rejected Pagourtzis a few days prior and could’ve been targeted because of it. In any case, we just don’t know, son.

Now, some of my liberal compatriots may be mad at me, but I don’t think this particular case is a gun issue. Listen, Pagourtzis’s father legally owned the Remington 970 shotgun and .38 caliber pistol that Pagourtzis used. On the real, there was no way for a gun seller to know that this dude’s son would do what he did, man. Look, “being weird” is not a strong enough sign to determine who’s going to be a killer, fam. Shit, I knew plenty of “weird” kids in school and none of them ever showed up with a weapon, bruh.

Anyway, I really want to know what’s going on in these kids’s heads, son. Furthermore, I want to lump in the kids who commit suicide, man. Like, why is violence against themselves or others the answer? What is so “bad” about their lives that they see no other option, fam? Frankly, being bullied is not a good enough to reason to take anyone’s life, bruh. Real talk, I was bullied when I was a kid too. Hell, I wore glasses and braces, so I was an easy mark for antagonizers, folks. All I know is, once I hit someone back, the dynamic started to change.

In the end, maybe I’m rambling, son. Maybe I’m giving too much humanity to people who do disgusting things. However, if we don’t understand the motivation behind these acts, how can we really prevent them? Ultimately, taking away all of the guns can’t be the only answer, man. By and by, I’m one of the main proponents of gun control, fam. But, there’s something going on in these situations that’s deeper than access to firearms, bruh. At the end of the day, I just want to know what it is, people. Keeping it a buck, I really don’t have the answers. That is all. LC out.

America, As Told By Childish Gambino

So, I’m not going to lie, son. Real talk, I have no interest in writing some elaborate think piece, man. I mean, at this point, A TON has already been said about Donald Glover‘s, excuse me, Childish Gambino‘s “This Is America” video. Frankly, there’s no way for me to add any new insight to the zeitgeist, fam. Side note, Blavity has my favorite write-up about the video so far. Feel free to check it out, folks. In any case, instead of trying to break new ground, I’d much rather speak on what resonates with me. All in all, there are a lot of gems in this joint. Allow me to speak about my favorites, bruh.

Ok, the first thing that jumps out at me is the dancing. Now, the actual moves that Gambino and the children are doing aren’t important, son. In actuality, they’re just a distraction from all of the fuckery going on in the background. On the real, it’s a perfect metaphor for this current generation, man. Look, these days, people only seem to be concerned with turning up, doing drugs and getting money. All the while, racism and classism have engulfed so much around us. All I know is, either we’re not paying attention or we’re just looking for an escape, fam.

Now, the next thing that jumps out at me is the gun violence. Namely, the fact that guns are treated better than people. Shit, after Gambino shoots a guitar player in the head, the gun is safely placed in a cloth. Meanwhile, the dead body is callously hauled away. Next, Gambino murders an entire church choir, but the AK-47 is delicately placed in another cloth. All I can say is, we all live in a country where the Second Amendment is more important than our lives. Keeping it a buck, I low key gave up on the idea of gun reform after Sandy Hook. Listen, if twenty dead children doesn’t inspire action, then what the fuck will, bruh? *Sigh* We can’t continue on like this, son.

Lastly, on a more positive note, I’m presently surprised by the vocals of Young Thug, 21 Savage, Slim Jxmmi, Quavo and BlocBoy JB. Being honest, I didn’t hear them at first, man. I guess I was too enthralled by what I was watching. Anyway, after hearing their adlibs, I’m excited by the fact they contributed to a song like this. Look, it can be said that artists like them have a heavy hand in the issues outlined in the second paragraph. But, they allow themselves to be part of a bigger cause. Now, I don’t know what that means going forward, but it’s super dope in the moment, fam.

In the end, well done, Childish Gambino! Ultimately, I dig the fact that he’s using his platform in such a manner. By and by, it’s easier to be “safe,” bruh. It’s easier to do what’s comfortable for the masses. At the end of the day, it’s much harder to jump off of the ledge, unsure of where the chips may fall. So, shout-out to Glover for not being safe. The way I see it, the times are waaaay too dangerous for that. Good day. LC out.

P.S. Since this post is about Glover, I also want to quickly discuss something else. Look, can Black people kill the narrative that a person can’t be pro-Black and date outside of the race? Listen, who gives a fuck if Glover’s significant other isn’t Black? Oh, is he suddenly clueless about minority issues because he fell in love with someone? Is he suddenly blind to systemic racism because he has a connection with someone? Knock it the fuck off, people! Everyone should be free to love who they love AND work towards community empowerment. That is all.

Black Republicans Aren’t The Issue, Chance The Rapper

So, I’m not going to talk about Kanye West today, son. Frankly, my brain can’t even begin to process the fuckery he’s saying right now. On the real, I don’t know what’s worse, man: the idea that he really believes all of the bullshit he’s tweeting or the idea that he’s trolling us as an album rollout. In any case, I want to address Chance The Rapper and people who think like him. Look, no one said that Black people can’t be Republicans, fam. Real talk, people don’t hate Donald Trump because he’s Republican, bruh. We hate him because of his consistent disrespect and disregard of the disenfranchised.

Now, for those who missed it, Chance just tried to save Kanye. Somehow, he thought that tweeting “Black people don’t have to be Democrats” was some profound shit, son. However, nobody said that, Chance! That ain’t the fucking issue, man! On top of that, CyHi the Prynce took it upon himself to remind us that Martin Luther King, Jr. was a Republican. Ok, so was James Brown and Ray Charles, fam. Once again, that isn’t the fucking problem, fam! Keeping it a buck, Trump’s lunacy should be a bipartisan issue. Listen, people on the Right AND the Left should be bothered by what Trump represents.

Listen, when it comes to Trump, I’ve watched that man commit an unbelievable amount of egregious offenses. This is the same man who called all Hispanic people drug dealers, murderers and rapists on the campaign trail. This is the same man who enacted a travel ban to block Muslims from coming to a “religiously free” country. This is the same man who’s currently trying to block transgender people from serving in our military. This is the same man who’s trying to give guns to our underpaid teaching staff. This is the same man who’s surrounded himself with a MULTITUDE of people who are now under investigation. Need I say more?! Look, this isn’t a Democrat or Republican issue, bruh. This is an issue of a man who’s CLEARLY unfit to lead and we’re just letting him cook, son.

In the end, folks like Chance can miss me with this Black Republican shit, man. In addition, people like Kanye can miss me with the “I don’t agree with everything he says” rhetoric. Ultimately, that doesn’t make up for all of Trump’s heinous policies, fam. By and by, just because people may only agree with SOME of Trump’s ideas doesn’t mean that the rest of them go away. At the end of the day, it’s a package deal, bruh. For example, we can’t pay attention to his platform on jobs and ignore his platform on women’s rights, son. All I know is, folks like Chance need to fully develop their political and social stances before they open their mouths. That is all. LC out.

Really, Killer Mike?

So, let me begin this post by saying that I’m a HUGE Killer Mike fan. Because of this, I’m thoroughly disappointed that I’m writing this article, son. In any case, I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t keep it real at all times. With that being said, I have to hold Mike accountable for his actions on NRATV. All in all, I’ve always understood his argument about Black gun ownership. However; an NRA platform is the LAST place he needs to be expressing his views, man.

Now, before I continue, let me make myself clear: I agree with Killer Mike. I agree with the notion that we as Black people need to protect ourselves in this country. Look, it goes without saying that we’ve been a target for violence in America ever since we got off of the boats, fam. Anyway, while I am absolutely behind creating a more comprehensive system for gun ownership, I also believe in bearing arms. Hell, if New York‘s gun laws weren’t so damn insane, I’d most likely own a weapon right now, bruh.

Moving on, I say all of that to say that Mike’s message isn’t my issue with him. My issue is the fact that he sat down with the NRA. Now, in his apology video, he stated that he tried to take a page out of Martin Luther King‘s book and have a dialogue with the other side. However; all the NRA did was take Mike’s words and use them to attack the March for Our Lives movement. Listen, for somebody as intelligent as Mike, I’m disappointed that he allowed himself to be a pawn in a politicized game. Ok, yes, his intentions were pure, but he should’ve known that these people don’t have our best interests at heart. On the real, they never have and they never will, son. Shit, just ask the Black Panthers, folks.

In the end, I hope this is a lesson for Mike. Ultimately, if he wants to have an honest conversation with people he disagrees with, he needs to do it on neutral land. By and by, he can’t go into their space and expect them to play fairly. At the end of the day, a well-meaning talk was turned into a weapon, pun intended. *Sigh* That’s what we get for trying to be reasonable, man. LC out.

Teachers Don’t Need Guns

So, let’s cut the bullshit, son. Listen, teachers don’t need guns, man! Hell, their jobs are stressful enough as it is, fam! Are we really going to add “armed bodyguard” to their résumé, bruh? Look, outside of all of the Second Amendment talk, there are a variety of reasons why teachers shouldn’t be armed. With that being said, let’s go through some of them.

Ok, let’s start with Dennis Alexander, son. Now, for those who are unaware, Alexander is a teacher at Seaside High School in Monterey County, California. Anyway, in addition to being an instructor, Alexander is also a reserve police officer. So, on face value, he is the type of “gun-trained teacher” that Donald Trump wants. Moving on, let’s talk about what Alexander did the other day. Apparently, while giving a safety class, he pointed a loaded gun at the ceiling and accidentally fired it. From there, some debris hit a male student and he sustained some minor injuries.

Now, I’m totally happy that the kid wasn’t actually shot or harmed any further. However; this is the type of shit students don’t need in school, man! Listen, as a father, I’m sending my kids to school to learn. Shit, it’s bad enough that kids are going around shooting their own classmates. I don’t want to have to worry about a teacher hurting my child too, fam. Good fucking Lord, this is ridiculous, bruh! This isn’t what school is about, folks! On the real, if institutions are so dangerous that everyone needs to be strapped, then I might as well homeschool my kids, people.

Moving on, let’s address the naysayers who might conclude that Alexander’s blunder is just an isolated incident. Now, if no one out there is moved by my argument, let’s talk about the general plight of teachers. Look, in general, teachers are overworked and underpaid. Hell, instructors in West Virginia had to go on a full strike in order to get a 5 percent pay raise, son. So, we can’t pay them but we expect them to defend the school? On top of that, how long do we think it’ll take before someone points a gun at a student they have an issue with? Listen, I’ve seen A TON of videos of teachers assaulting kids, especially Black ones. Do we really think a gunshot is that far out of the realm of possibility?

In the end, can we stop the tomfoolery, man? Ultimately, we should worry about paying teachers their fair share instead of arming them. By and by, I truly don’t see any positives to this idea, fam. *Sigh* This country loves guns so much that they don’t care who gets hurt. At the end of the day, I do believe we have a right to arm ourselves. However; that right should also come with some basic common sense, bruh. When it’s all said and done, that’s the only thing that reasonable people are really asking for, folks. That is all. LC out.