Do you ever get the feeling that you're totally in the dark, and that there's nowhere else to go but... DOWN?
I have never had that feeling before my injury. I can say without any hesitation that I've had a decent life: Having a lovely family, nice cozy home, and perhaps, enough money to go around.
"NAH, FORGET ABOUT IT."
"Boyz n the Hood," 1991
ICE CUBE, CUBA GOODING JR (B), LAURENCE FISHBURNE (A).
A: I want y'all to look at that sign up there. See what it says? "Cash for your home." You know what that is?
A: What are y'all, Amos and Andy? Are you Stepin and he's Fetchit? I'm talkin' about the message. What is stands for. It's called gentrification (高級化). It's what happens when the property value of an area is brought down. You listening?
A: They bring the property value down. They can bring the land at a lower price. And then they move people out, raise the property value and sell at a profit. What we need to do is keep everything in our neighborhood. Everything black. Black owned, with black money. Just like the Jews, the Italians, the Mexicans, and the Koreans do.
C: Ain't nobody from outside bringin' down the property value. It's these folk. Shootin' each other and sellin' that crack, rock, and shit.
A: How you think the crack and rock gets into the country? We don't own any planes. We don't own no ships. We are not the people who are flyin' and floatin' that ship in here. I know every time you turn on the TV that's what you see. Black people sellin' the rock.
C: Yeah. Right.
A: Pushin' the rock.
C: Yeah. I know.
A: But that wasn't a problem as long as it was here. It wasn't a problem until it was in Iowa and it showed up on Wall Street where there are hardly any black people. And if you want to talk about guns, why is there a gun shop on almost every corner in this community?
A: I'll tell you why. For the same reason that there's a liquor store on almost every corner in the black community. Why? They want us to kill ourselves. You go out to Beverly Hills, you don't see that shit. But they want us to kill ourselves. The best way to destroy a people is you take away their ability to reproduce themselves. Who is it that's dyin' on these streets every night? Y'all?
A: Young brothers like yourselves.
D: What am I supposed to do? Fool roll up, try to smoke me. I'm gonna shoot the motherfucker if he don't kill me first.
A: They want exactly what they want you to do. You have to think, young brother, about your future.