AceShowbiz - Many were devastated over the death of rapper Young Dolph, who was shot earlier this week. Tackling the issue was hip-hop commentator Charlamagne Tha God, who had a lot to say about the shooters of the Memphis rapper in the Thursday, November 18 episode of "The Breakfast Club".
"What you saw yesterday was a societal problem," said Charlamagne, who has been an advocate for mental health awareness, especially in the black community. "This is what happens when people don't have better things to do, this is what happens when proper investments haven't been made in certain communities."
He went on to say, "We can go on and on about how the root causes of crime are inequality, the lack of support for families in neighborhoods, inaccessibility to services -- we act like violent crime is a complex issue. It's not. Lack of education, rupture of family structure, generational poverty... Boom, nine times out of ten, you're gonna get someone who has zero self-worth when they come from those conditions and zero love for themselves."
"And if I lack self-worth and love for myself, what the hell I care about you for? You out here shinin', drivin' your fancy cars, jewelry on, man, some people will kill you, not just because they're jealous or envious but they will kill you because of the way other people love you. They don't wanna hear about what you doin' in the community," the radio personality continued.
Further noting that the root of street crimes is not entirely poverty, CTG added, "Hunger makes a thief our killer of any man but sometimes, you not just hungry for money and resources, sometimes these brothers are hungry for love."
He stressed, "They are hungry for self-worth, they are hungry for healing. And they often get it way too late, they get it after they committed a crime like this and they're sitting in prison for 100 years. But at that point, it's pretty much too late. We need you getting that healing while you outside so you could go influence others to heal."
"And right now, it just feels like I'm repeating myself. It always feels like this when situations like this happen. The players change, scenarios change, but the energy of unhealed trauma remains the same," Charlamagne divulged. Referring to Young Dolph who was gunned down when he was shopping inside a cookie store, he said, "A black man can't go buy cookies? Cookies!?"