Yvette Carnell: Why Brazilian Crack Dealers are Better than African-American Crack Dealers
by Yvette Carnell
Think all crack dealers are gangsters and thugs who couldn’t care less about the people they hurt? Think again. In Brazil, drug kingpins have given orders
to halt sales of crack in an effort to save their communities. This from Al Jazeera:
But since a rock of crack can be purchased for only R$5 (less than $3 USD), the most desperate and downtrodden users tend to congregate by the hundreds in and around Rio’s favelas, where it can be easily purchased.
That is partially why, in an unprecedented move, some drug traffickers have unilaterally decided to stop selling crack in the favelas they control.
In both Mandela and Jacarezinho favelas – combined home to more than 100,000 residents – crack can no longer be purchased. Two drug bosses, who control each favela, gave the orders to halt sales.
A dirt road bordering Mandela favela that previously was known to be one of Rio’s largest concentrations of users (known as “cracolanidias” in Brazil) is where hundreds of users and sellers would congregate day and night.
The road is now clear of any signs of users or sellers.
Brazilian drug dealers cared enough about their people to stop selling them the poison that was destroying their communities, but I bet you won’t find an African-American crack dealer who is willing to do the same. Allegedly, Tupac was in discussions with rival gangs on the topic of lessening the impact of the drug trade on ordinary black people around the time he was killed, but now the narrative has been hijacked.
Today, African-Americans applaud former crack dealers who once wreaked havoc on their communities as a way of “coming up.” The two examples which immediately jump to mind are 50 Cent and Jay-Z. They are multi-millionaires now, but they got their seed money from crack sales and, for the most part, black people couldn’t care less. Even Oprah couldn’t care less, since she said down with 50 Cent to discuss how he rubs his grandmama’s feet, as if that makes up for his total lack of humanity on other fronts.
In black America, it doesn’t matter what you did to get rich, or who you hurt, or how many lives you ruined, just that you got rich. We worship money, not humanity. So what if entire families were torn apart by addiction, who really cares? If your mama got strung out and started selling herself, and your daddy got locked up, then that ‘s on you. The only thing that matters is that 50 and Jay are ballin’. They got paper, right? So what if it was at your expense? That’s all part of the game.
Mainstream Black America, for the most part, takes its inspiration solely from money. By narrowly focusing on who has money, and paying no attention to how they amassed their wealth, we have made ourselves small, and without a moral core. And we can’t really hold anyone else’s feet to the torch of moral virtue so long as we allow degenerates, such as retired crack dealers, to walk among us as heroes. If you want to take back the moral high ground in America, this would be a great place to start.
For my part, I’ll never forget who these men are, and how their road to success was paved with crack heads and a disintegration of the black family. And if I were President, Jay-Z would never have made his way to the White House lawn, much less the Situation Room.
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