But what in Puffy that bothers so many people are the actions and the demeanor he's shown in getting that gold mine. 12 dead and countless injured in City College. Biggie, Tupac and several associates killed in the beef between east and west coast. A woman shot in the face in the Shyne incident. And Puffy shows no signs that these incidents, all of which he had a small to great responsibility in, affect him. Combs goes on, spending over a million dollars for single parties, showing no remorse, no pain, no compassion save a tepid tribute single and a tax write-off fund, nothing that would resemble what people in the real world call a soul. A sensibility that only a third world dictator could love. And the fruits of that sensibility? He's amassed a third of a billion dollars, Performed as Walter lee younger in the raisin in the sun (forgive us, Lorraine Hansberry, we know not what we do), cited as a leader for rallying a faux voter drive and given compliments by Peggy Noonan, the conservative columnist who, although god bless her grace and wit, probably wouldn’t want to be caught dead with Jill Scott or Anthony Hamilton. (And why not? He’s of her, and the "appropriate" caste.)
His story is not as egregious as Jadakiss', the gangsta rapper who grew up in the mean streets of the upper west side of Manhattan, with a doctor for a father and a CPA for a mother. Worse than that were Easy E and Ice Cube a suburbanite slacker and an Arizona state student, respectively. But the most egregious claim has to be of Suge Knight, long established as pop music most menacing gangster. Not many people know that he came from a two-parent home and was a graduate of the university of Nevada Los Vegas. Yeah that's right, I said it, Suge knight is a poser. He isn’t the way he is because he came from a broken environment. He's just evil.
My point about Combs is that there is a lot of people like him out there. Black children of privilege, who haven’t been poor, haven’t been in the struggle for civil rights and haven’t really felt all that much the lashes of racism, using America’s racial past for their own personal gain. To them the black poor are capital, a thing that is to be bartered and used as a club against whites and black people who don’t think like them. They have taken the race bating of Black nationalism and thought of it as their birthright, and they along with the parents that spawned them are a great deal of what's wrong about race in America.