Rappers hold a very high place in the African-American community, so much so they believe any crimes they are accused of are because they are black and famous. In the case of Kimberly â€śLilâ€™Kimâ€ť Jones, she defended people who did commit a crime by lying on the stand. Even after the verdict was passed, the question on everyoneâ€™s mind was one word: Why?
Iâ€™m sure Miss Jones knows about surveillance technology, most businesses utilize to catch people in the act. A New York radio station had it when a fight between her entourage and the entourage of another rap group broke out. The whole thing was caught on tape. On the stand, she and an assistant both claimed two members of Kimâ€™s entourage were not even there when the shooting took place. Ding! Out comes the tape and in goes Lilâ€™Kim and her assistant to prison.
Now no one wants to go to jail, thatâ€™s a fact. The trouble is if you are caught in the act and the evidence is there, you are going to go regardless. That was the puzzling part of watching a scene from Lilâ€™Kim: Countdown To Lockdown, in which a few bystanders held â€śStop Snitchingâ€ť signs. It wouldnâ€™t have mattered if ten people denied or confirmed members of her entourage were present at the shooting; the tape would have said otherwise. But letâ€™s turn our attention away from Lilâ€™Kimâ€™s lying to another problem, the â€śStop Snitchingâ€ť phenomenon.
If a child is molested in a church by a man of the cloth, does that mean the child keeps quiet to keep the peace? If a mother loses a child to a bullet not intended for him/her, does the friend of the child stay silent? What if Busta Rhymes lost his own children to a bullet? You would certainly see him speak with rage and point the finger directly to the face of his childâ€™s killer. But even Busta himself stands by the code of the streets, despite the fact his bodyguard died defending him a while back.