::Dear Young Warriors fighting the wrong wars::

It must be said that while the media often depicts the youth as being reckless, ASBO accumulating, STI spreading hoodlums, we all know that there’s a flip side to that. A lot of our young people are entrepreneurial, are dreamers, are believers and the vast majority are lovers not fighters, the vast majority aren’t criminals, or thugs.  We are a people.  And sadly, a select few have misunderstood what it means to survive, what it means to achieve. They’ve been taught that the individual is more important than the collective, and that physical aggression equates to bravery. They’ve been deceived. 

A few young men in Chicago, beat a 16 year old boy to death.  Gang rivalry they say.  Disturbingly the beating was caught on tape.  What we wanted to share was the reaction to this travesty by hip hop artist Nasir Jones.  Read his open letter, which resounded so heavily, not just in this particular instance but Universally.  “You are fighting the wrong war!”

 

Open Letter To Young Warriors In Chicago by Nasir Jones

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Dear Young Warriors fighting the wrong wars! Killing each other is definitely played out. Being hurt from the lost of a love one was never cool. Dear Young Warriors fighting the wrong war! I know that feeling , that frustration with life and needing to take it out on someone, any one. But….

 

We chose the dumbest things to go the hardest for. I remember seeing deaths over 8 ball jackets, fila’s , and name plate chains. Deaths over “he say she say”!!!!! “I’m from This block or I’m from that block”, or “my moms n pops is f*cked up now the whole world gotta pay”!!!

I remember feeling like I was the hardest “n*gga” breathin. And I couldn’t wait to prove it. But let’s think. What r we really proving?? And proving what to who?? Everybody knows Chicago breeds the strongest of the strong but I just feel, me, being ya brother from another state feels your pain as if I grew up with you in ya very own household.

You have the ability and mind power to change they way we are looked at. Look who’s watching us young warriors, look who’s throwin us in jail constantly, look at the ignorance in the world. Look at the racist dogs who love to see us down. Lovin to bury us in the ground or in jail were we continue this worthless war on one another. Young warriors…. We are WASTING more and more time. We gotta get on our jobs and take over the world. Cuz This movie left the theaters years ago, Juice, Menace, boys n the hood , blood n blood out, Belly!

When we see each other why do we see hatred? Why were we born in a storm, born soldiers, WARRIORS….and instead of building each other up we are at war with each other.. May the soul of this young person find peace with the almighty. I’m with you young warriors. You’re me and I’m you. But trust me! you are fighting the wrong war.

-Nas

Source: Global Grind

The disturbing video of the terrible attack can be viewed here 

Choose life.

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