January 23rd, 2008

Snitch!

I hadn't really been aware of the "Stop Snitching" campaign in black neighborhoods. But it's going strong, printed on T-shirts, and scrawled on asphalt.

Apparently the campaign is going strong in rap.  Here are some lyrics from Ice Cube:
Don’t say s***, boy that’s basic
They want to send a n***** back to the slave ship
Stop snitchin’.
One problem:

Police don't solve crimes
On their own, most times.

Maybe some day, when we're all loaded with RFID chips (shudder), police will be able to solve crimes on their own. But for now, it takes witnesses.

In the mean time, to keep your neighborhood from going to hell,
Do tell.