Self Improvement Non-Fiction posted May 13, 2008


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The Snitch Concept

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How many of you out there have ever heard that saying, "don't be a rat; don't tell on your friends; or better yet, don't be a snitch." I experienced it one time. I snitched on a friend, about another friend, who had broken into her car and stole her CDs. The only thing that was messed up, it was my best friend who did this. I regretted telling on him. He didn't give a fuck. The person he sold the stolen CDs to found out it was me and I got tormented for a few weeks. Let's just say my life became fucked up behind saying something because we all knew each other. This guy had to give the CDs back. He was not thrilled. He let me know this in more ways than one. That was my first lesson on the street. You live and let die.

It brings me to what I wanted to write about today. When I went to treatment, it was the first time I'd heard of the snitch concept.
What had happened to bring the conversation to light had to do with the behavior of us clients living at the facility. Most of us were mandated by the criminal courts, to endure a year in a court appointed facility. We had to abstain from the use of drugs and alcohol. That part was easy enough, but what was hard was not condoning one another's negative behavior because we all still had what they liked to call our "dope fiend" behavior. One day in group it came up cigarettes were being sold by a client. In treatment that was not allowed, but it went on anyway. Fraternizing with the female clients could get you sent packing as well, if it was discovered. Here is where the dilemma came in for me. I knew who was selling cigarettes and also who was making it with the female clients. I did not say anything because I did not want to be labeled a snitch.

I want to flip this concept onto how it works in society, mainly in impoverished communities where illegal activity such as guns and drugs run rampant and the reason why it does. Simply put, if something happens involving extreme violence such as murder, no one sees anything for fear that they will be killed for speaking up, yet you could have something like a rapist or a child molester that people will speak out against.

Wrong is wrong and it should not matter the degree of the crime. If you see something, it is your civic duty to tell the proper authorities what you know. Only then can the community help to capture the perpetrator, but that is not the case.

I am talking about the communities in which black people live. It seems that people want to blame the police for a young man being shot with out probable cause or so it's said. However, I feel black people that live in these areas have tried to play the race card. In some instances it is valid, but not every time.

When is anyone going to stand up for where they live? You can't depend on the police or the government to solve the problems in your community. You can not blame them either. I get so tired of hearing all this stuff about how the world treats us. When we learn how to treat ourselves better, then maybe it will change. As for now, all I hear is how unfair the system is.

When you take pride in where you live, things change. You want better for your family and neighbors. Certain things you will not tolerate, so you speak on the things you see.

My question is why would you label some one a snitch for doing the right thing? That gangster or thug mentality will get you one of two places, the penitentiary or the grave yard. If a community stands up, then that type of behavior is not conducive to a neighborhood that will not stand for it. What happens is those that partake in this type of behavior see that this is not going to work and move their base of operation.

This has not been happening in the black community. They'd rather play the blame game when in essence it is only yourselves you can blame. That's when the pulpit pimps come out like Al Sharpton or the ever so lovable, Jesse Jackson. I don't think they help things much. They may agitate but I just don't see the elevation behind it all.

There was a case in New York City in 2006. A young man named Sean Bell was out with some friends. He was shot and killed by the N.Y.P.D. Now I'm pretty sure that these officers did not wake up with the intent of going to shoot this man that night while on duty. If you have not heard about this story, I will break it down to you briefly.

Sean Bell and two of his buddies were out for his bachelor party. The club they went to was known for drugs and prostitution. There were undercover officers in the club who followed the three out. One of three friends said to the others, "Yo, go get my gun." One of the officers followed them to the car while the other officers went to retrieve their vehicle. The officer stepped in front of Sean's car and identified himself. Instead of Sean putting his hands where they could be seen, he gunned the engine trying to run the officer over which resulted in him crashing into the undercover police vehicle and a barrage of shots were fired resulting in the death of Sean Bell.

That's when Revered Al Sharpton comes on the scene talking about it being racially motivated. I wonder how so when it was two white cops, two black cops and one Latino cop. Where is the racial motivation? The media got a hold of this and ran. Now these cops were under the microscope for doing their job.

I don't hate police and I don't much like them either. I do however respect them because they really have a hard job. It's not so much the individual officer I dislike. It is what they see that jades them to think that every one is suspect.

This case just came to a close and the cops involved were acquitted of any wrong doing. There goes Rev Al forming a march. If he wanted to really help black people then why not start in the communities that really need black people to stand up for what they believe in. Like a drug free neighborhood where children can go out and play. No, he won't go for anything like that because there isn't media coverage for that. Why not help the people.Lead them and show them how it should be done. 

White folks aren't going for none of that in their communities. They'll even go as far as turning in their own children, but not the black folk. They are on that "don't snitch" concept, which does more harm than good. I can't say all black folks are like that because you do have those that have stood up to make a difference in their surroundings. It's sad to say that some have been killed for this and even sadder that when it was at the hands of another black person.

When are we going to unlearn these ways of thinking? When are we going to take personal "responsibility" for our own surroundings and our actions? Then we can begin to make our world a better place.








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these are just some thoughts I had on the state of things in urban areas and how people seem to want to blame others for the situations that happen when you turn a blind eye. When we dont want to face the truth we end up livnig in fear of those around us. I am not one for politics and I wouldn't want this to be seen as a political piece, just one of what I have observed of the people around me.
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