From the Desk of Eddie Griffin
Friday, May 04, 2007
Some people don’t know what to say, when to say it, and who to say it to. Whether we all agree or not, there is a difference in the “Rules of the Street” and the “Rules of Hip Hop”, says Ice-T in a recent interview with SOHH, a hip-hop online media site.
Ice-T weighed in to the controversial use of the N-word and the “black wall of silence against snitching”. Never before has the issue been so clearly explained to my understanding. The early hip-hop artists, like Ice-T, are gaining some gray-head wisdom in articulating their views. And, he makes sense in not condemning the hip hop generation.
“Instead of banning bad words”, he declared, “we should be banning bad behavior”- and this, from a man who went from the controversial “Cop Killer” rap album to movie star. But the word “nigger” is going to stay in his vocabulary “until the wheels fall off”.
What struck me, and maybe nobody else, was his chastisement of Cam’Ron (whoever that was that was featured on CBS 60 Minutes). Obviously, Cam’Ron was asked how he would respond if a mass murderer lived in his neighborhood: Would he report it?
His answer touched off a firestorm about “snitching”. Ice-T sets him straight on the definition of “snitching”. When public safety is at risk, the police always come first. The value was shared by all black people interviewed by SOHH.
So, how did CBS wound up interviewing a dingbat as representative of the hip-hop community? They do it all the time, purposely, to undermine the credibility of black intelligence. Stupid is what stupid say.