“There’s a war going on outside. No man is safe from. You could run but you can’t hide forever; From these, streets, that we done took. You walking with your head down scared to look. You shook, cause ain’t no such things as halfway crooks. They never around when the beef cooks in my part of town. It’s similar to Vietnam.” – Mobb Deep “Survival of the Fittest”
Prodigy’s words hold more weight now than ever before.
Gun violence is rampant in the summer time; so much to the point, Mayor Bloomberg is crying out to President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney to advocate against the proliferation of guns. Though Bloomberg’s concern comes in the wake of the Aurora, CO theater shooting, in New York there is a blizzard of bullets through senseless acts of violence on both sides, from the people and the cops. While Bloomberg wants to protect the denizens of NY, he’s not leaving the police out of the conversation, who are also targets. He’s focused on the police as victims, so there’s no chance you should expect him to address the elephant in the room—the NYPD who have been considered murderers in their own right for shooting first and asking questions later. The topic lends itself to a tangent, but it’s only fair that it come up, if not by the mayor, then who? The streets.
With Bloomberg pointing one finger at one group of killers, there’s one being pointed right back at the Jake (NYPD), Bank of America, and BP Oil through a mural painted by Ket, Noxer, and Tres. The mural went up in Inwood, NYC last week, and only had a chance of sending a message for about five days until a pair of plain clothes cops buffed it from existence, according to UptownCollective.com.
Before it came down, Ket talked about the mural on 12oz, “Every year or so however I decided to turn it into more of a protest wall and collaborate with friends to share a message that I feel is pertinent and that the community should think about.”
Do the cops have a guilty conscience? The business owner, who like many other New Yorkers needs cops on his side. The people still need to believe in law enforcement, as they should. Will they ever? The universal opinion of the police will never be a favorable one when some neighborhoods are neglected. That feeling of neglect could happen if other state laws take a page out of Bloomberg’s recent rhetoric. He said this week on Piers Morgan Tonight,
“I don’t understand why the police officers around this country don’t stand up collectively and say, ‘We’re gonna go on strike. We’re not gonna protect you, unless you the public—through your legislature—do what’s required to keep us safe.’ After all police offers want to go home to their families. And we’re doing everything we can to make their job more difficult but more importantly more dangerous by leaving guns in the hands of people who shouldn’t have them, and letting people who have those guns buy things like armor piercing bullets.”
Bloomberg has never been one to hold his tongue. He tells it like it is; like it or not. Let’s be honest though, the police don’t necessarily have to protest by not doing the job they’re hired to do. For instance, when a cop fails to respond to a call, regardless of the outside factors holding him or her back, that’s a sign of neglect. If Bloomberg wants a commitment from the people, then the biggest gang in New York (in all blue) with all the guns should be fully committed to serving the public too.
Ket added in his 12oz post, that the FBI and CIA should be added onto the mural. Hey, if the shoe fits… Ultimately, despite how bad of a message the mural sends, it’s raising awareness of the crooks the public puts their trust in. The message came through the medium of art. It got under someone’s skin. It provoked action, but it was thought provoking. As easy as it was to wipe the slate clean of this powerful artwork, hopefully Jake is making an effort to also turn over a new leaf. In the meantime, the streets is watching.