“Anybody Can Get It”

December 5, 2011

The only advantage of feeling like you have no control over your life is that you never have anything to lose. I’ve seen the video footage of 3 young men who on November 28th shot 8 people at the filming of a music video in West Oakland. The most seriously wounded was a 1-year-old boy who was shot in the head. He is currently in critical condition at Children’s Hospital.

A few nights ago on the East side of town there was a shooting involving 3 cars in which no less than 50 rounds of ammunition were dispensed. A man’s head was grazed by a bullet and an 86-year-old woman was cut by shards of broken glass. Thankfully no one was killed but tragically anyone could have been killed. It’s hard for me, even in my most nihilistic of moods, to fathom some people’s disregard for human life. In my mind I see a 19-year-old young man with a pistol in his hand and a hood tied tightly to his head. His only thought is; “Anybody can get it!” From ages 1-86 it really doesn’t matter to him.

Perhaps it’s the thrill of it all or maybe it’s the hopelessness. I can’t be sure. I don’t know what it takes to bust a gun into a crowd of men, women, and children who are only trying to enjoy themselves. It could even be the strongly held belief that your life really isn’t your own. That because you were born in the sewer of society living dirty is all you know. I suppose it could be a variety of reasons but in the end it doesn’t matter.

What matters right now is a 1-year-old boy is fighting for a life that he has barely gotten a chance to enjoy and an 86-year-old woman has been traumatized by automatic gunfire from young men who are probably young enough to be her great-grand children. Nothing is sacred in the ghetto. Not the wisdom of the elderly, the purity of 1-year-old babes, or anything else that may fall in between.

-YB

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One thought on ““Anybody Can Get It”

  1. Bro, I told you I moved up to Portland 8 years ago from The Town that is still dear to my heart and I will always call home. It’s a trip because every time I tell native black folks up here that i’m originally from Oakland, they seem to have the reaction: “oh man! Oakland is crazy ain’t it!” to which I respond “at times, but for the most part it’s cool”.

    But sometimes I start to wonder if my bredren up here are right when they react that way, not to say we don’t have our own share of gunfights up here that leave young and old tragically departing this world.

    My long time friend that’s still down there once told me “Ran, there’s going to be a point in time when, in order for BLACK FOLKS to make it when shit gets really rough, we’re going to have to cut NIGGAS off, including our blood-related niggas.” I call it his 80-20 plan (Niggas/Black People) and in reality, it goes for every race.

    All I can say is that I’m hella glad I made it past the “statistics” and hope that I keep on for the rest of my life up here while I still visit down there. peace.

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