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What is crime, really?

What is crime, really?
By Byron Crawford • Issue #406 • View online
The war against black men pursuing careers in real estate continues apace with this week’s arrest of Young Thug.
Supposedly, he’s involved in organized crime. I wonder if the concern is that he’s broken the law or if they just don’t like the idea of black people being organized.
I spent the past few days going over his indictment with a fine-tooth comb, so I could post a thread on Twitter, and I’m at a loss for what he did that’s even illegal.
They’re saying he’s a member of a street gang, which, who even knew that was against the law? Does the Constitution no longer guarantee us the right of free association? Because if so, there’s a few subreddits I might need to unsubscribe from.
Some white people who live on his block posted footage of the police raid on his house on Instagram. The fact alone that white people live on his block, and it’s not that guy who’s got time today, cuz, ought to prove that he’s not a gang member.
People who join street gangs can’t afford to live in nice houses. That’s why they joined a gang in the first place. They live in shitty neighborhoods where, if you don’t travel around with three other guys as if you were Jesus, someone beats the shit out of you and takes your Air Jordans, and then you have to shoot them.
There were movies about this back in the ‘90s.
They also picked up Young Thug’s weed carrier, Gunna. They knew he was also a member of the gang, they said, because he had a YSL chain on in one of his music videos.
It should be easy enough for his lawyer to get him off (nullus), by proving that the chain doesn’t even belong to him. Obviously, he was allowed to wear the chain, and have his own music video, because he was an especially good weed carrier. It’s a well-established form of compensation in the hip-hop community.
I’d also check to see if any of the cars featured in his music videos belong to him. Rappers, in their music videos, sometimes pose in front of cars they rented. Sometimes they even buy clothes, leave the tags on them, and return them after the video shoot.
It’s been established that Young Thug sometimes rents cars for people, which I’d argue is highly considerate of him. I wonder if he’s part of a rewards program at Hertz, or Enterprise, or if he only joins criminal organizations.
They’re claiming that he rented an Infiniti sedan that was used in a homicide in 2015, which I’d argue shouldn’t even count, given how long ago it was. Who can even remember what life was like in 2019, let alone 2015?
Also, it’s not clear to me why it should matter that Young Thug rented the car, if he didn’t pull the trigger. Maybe the guy he rented it for didn’t have a legit credit card, only a Rush Card. Maybe he wasn’t 25 years old.
It just goes to show how the system is unfairly biased against black men. They make it so that you can’t get credit, just because there’s no indication that you work for a living, and then they arrest the guy who rents a car for you.
We can only hope that Young Thug secures legal representation from the correct background. I’d hate to see him spend decades in prison just for helping a brother who’s down on his luck.


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