For reference, I'm a Correctional Officer, and part of my job is to conduct shakedowns and open mail and generally make sure everything is kosher and going well. In performing my duties, I run across some puzzling things. Right now what's got me shaking my head and going "the fuck is this nonsense" are "urban drama" books and black men's magazines.
Here's some of the urban drama, for reference.
Married to the Game
The Naked Truth
Forever a Hustler's Wife
Every story seems to be the same. Good girl meets bad boy, gets turned bad, and bad things happen. Except its all glorified in the novels, and seems to be admired that she's going down "thug". And being "thug" is such a huge thing, and encompasses so much apparently. Ah, I'm going to act loud and be rude. Oh I was just keeping it thug. I'm going to punch someone in the back of the head and then ignore the consequences until its too late. Oh, that's just me keeping it thug.
I mean what the fuck. And the same thing with the magazines, King and Black Man off the top of my head. Its all about brothers in the lockup keeping it real, which rapper is the hardest motherfucker, and asking sexual questions to women. Not Maxim level questions, but shit like "which hole do you like it in most?" barely couched in double entente.
So what's all this about, other than some white dude not understand all this noise and funk? Well, for one, Philadelphia has had a spate of murders this year - the city is looking to be a the top of the list for most murders in a major city in a year. That's saying something, especially considering last time I looked no one wiped Cleveland, Detroit, or Baltimore off the map.
Police really haven't been able to find too many of the shooters (fun fact, one of the shooting that killed three people took place at an Easter rally to try and stop the violence) due to the entire "stop snitching" efffect where people refuse to come forward. Community leaders say that the police have to earn the community's trust, and that they're not to blame for the code of silence that people are acting under.
My question is where does fault begin and end with this entire cycle? On one hand, you seem to have a culture that glorifies "thug life" and begets tons of violence due, and yeah I know a lot of the gangster rappers are created by slick executive types (Fun facts! Little Jon's parents were engineers! Ja Rule grew up in a neighborhood where the houses started at 200k! The Yi Yi Twins' mother was a councilwoman, and their father an ad exec), but why the hell are people so eager to buy into this and then bitch about it when people start getting killed for reals?
And as much as it may sound like it, this isn't limited to just "black" culture. You're seeing it in white people, and you're seeing it in hispanics as well.
Tl;dr silicon bitches about kids and their goddamn oversized ball caps and bumpity bump music.