*** Update ***
Oh snap! Two suspects have been arrested - one had his lawyer arrange his surrender directly to Newark's mayor, Cory Booker. The twist to this saga is that one suspect is a westsider so the southside/westside tension in Newark could get hot....
Ol Ty's hot on this one - HOT! I was going to drop a post on that Chicago Niketown ruckus - still will - but when I caught this article today, I literally had to take a moment to myself. What happened this weekend in Newark is just straight foul - no way to sugarcoat it. For those who haven't yet heard the actual factuals - on the night of August 4th, four young, southside college students - Terrance Aeriel, 18, his sister Natasha Aeriel, 19, Dashon Harvey, 20 and Lofemi Hightower, 20 (that's Lofemi and Terrance in the glossy ol girl is holdin') were chilling on a playground, listening to music when they apparently became the victims of a robbery. A robbery which ended with all four being forced to kneel against a wall and each getting shot in the head. Only Natasha survived....
They need to find the fools who did this and quick. Ruckus this foul should be on everybody's radar - particularly in the southside nation. I know it's early, but on the face of it there seems to be more to this than just jacking some of your own for their gear. I'm thinking that there's a liberal dose of that whack a$$ 'crabs in a barrel' mentality mixed in here too - a seriously dead weight that's been pulling the southside nation down since we landed. The hip-hoppers coined a new age term for it - hatin' - but the concept is far from new. It's as old as we are and clearly out of control in Newark. It's been a deadly cocktail for the longest - mix knuckleheads who don't have anything going for themselves with promising brothers and sisters that do.
For you Chicago faithful, you'll no doubt recall one of our ultimate 'crabs in a barrel' moments back in November of '84. Remember Big Time Ben Wilson from Simeon (that's brother Benjy from his 1984 High School State Champ glossy - back row, third from the left)? Holler back, 'Tini!
That young brother was LeBron and Kobe and KG before those brothers ever hit the block. He was the consensus #1 high school player in the nation right up until he accidentally bumped a couple small time gangbangers and got capped for the 'slight'.
Wake the hell up, y'all! This type of ruckus has GOT to stop.
**** Peace@Least, ****
P.S. WTF = What The Fu#k. Y'all know what I'm talkin' 'bout, Newark...