Look what happens when you can’t read.
Twenty-two year old streets disciple Robert Neal is an alleged gang member in North Carolina, home of great emcees like New York transplants Big Daddy Kane and Ill Bill. Robert Neal allegedly stabbed another man, Terrance Ervin Daniels, 45, who happens to be deaf, not def: Neal allegedly poked Daniels with a kitchen knife because he supposedly confused sign language for the throwing of gang signs.
Now look here: gangs have been around since the beginning of time. In certain circles, some folks consider America itself to be a big old gang. Gangs control territories and look out for friends and family. Gangs sometimes feast on their own, selling drugs to family members and neighbors, and will even go as far as making pitbulls really mean in an effort to intimidate and create fear in others. In the wild, animals eat each other—-some male polar bears will eat their own offspring, and those bears need to get punched in the face by a Big Foot-type figure who can smack some sense into that ass. But I digress.
There are a lot of people in America who can’t read, but if you’re in a gang and don’t know how to read gang signs and you stab a deaf man because you think he’s throwing gang signs you needs to get off the crack and get hooked on Finger Phonics. I know the economy is bad but black gangs of America, please listen up: the economy has hurt everybody in the game and it’s hard to eat, but you can’t allow any soldiers into your platoons if they’re not Finger Literate. To quote Lord Superb off Ghostface Killah’s legendary Supreme Clientele: “The streets is rough out here/the crack game came and had its years/what is a man to dooooo?/brotherman, stay true/stay true.”
Those of you who are gang members who aren’t finger literate, please accept my middle finger with a warm smile from me on top of that. It means “brilliant Sea Monkey with Golden Teeth” in Swahili.