If you haven’t heard Memphis Rapper, Blac Youngsta was handcuffed in an incident at a Wells Fargo bank in Atlanta after the Bank Manager called the police on the young man for withdrawing money from his own bank account. I don’t even know where to start. It doesn’t matter why he was withdrawing money and it doesn’t matter what he was wearing. What matters is in a city where the Black economy is thriving a bank manager still felt the need to call the police to report a problem. Atlanta is home to a lot of affluent Black-American music industry insiders so I’m sure that there are plenty Rappers that withdraw large amounts of money in clothing that isn’t a business suit. Is it because he was an out-of-towner? Let’s think about this from the bank manager’s perspective. “I see an unfamiliar Black guy with large amounts of money leaving my bank, he must’ve stolen it.”
The teller that gave him the money didn’t report a problem or hit the alarm so what are you alarmed about bank manager? The police might not be the blame for this young man being profiled but when they arrived they assumed this young man was guilty until proven innocent. When the police arrived he was immediately placed in handcuffs until they found out he was a member of the banking institution. Now instead of trying to prove his innocence by telling the police who he was, his occupation, or what he was going to do with the money he should’ve been telling the manager to withdraw all of his money and put it into a Black-owned bank. He should be telling every Black person he knows to withdraw their money out of Wells Fargo but you know what, he didn’t, because he doesn’t know how to retaliate, advocate, or express his feelings in a way that will make a difference in the community. Everybody wants to be a Rapper but why would you if they are still going to treat you like a second-class citizen?
If a Rapper looks like a drug dealer how do you think they will treat you? To them all Black-Americans; man, woman, or child looks like a drug dealer. It doesn’t matter how you’ve changed or grown you are and will be a n**** in a coupe until the revolution has successfully ended. You are nothing but a Rapper’s baby mama until then! What is the point of having money if you don’t use the money to change things? You want to dab on a child in the hood that doesn’t have money for lunch? You spent all of your money on the Jordan 13s and you are failing math, no wonder. Do you want the fame or the money? Both of these are illusions to make you think that you as a young Black person can only be successful as a musician. Go to school and learn the business, learn how to be a professional something. Blac Youngsta could’ve been killed by the police or any gun wielding citizen for withdrawing money from his own account. Then his money would’ve been used towards his funeral.
-Lots of people know how to make money, but are not gifted in the art of preserving it. Frequently the same risk that was involved in making you rich is the same risk that can make you poor again.
Fred J. Young