As many struggle to find the words to describe how they feel about the situation in Baltimore, Game has put things in context in a heartfelt op-ed for Billboard. The rapper compares the unrest following the funeral of 25-year-old Freddie Gray, who died of a severe spinal cord injury while in police custody, to the 1992 Los Angeles riots.
Game, who was 11 years old at the time of the LA riots, says he participated in the chaos and violence by looting, throwing bottles and jumping on police cars. “At the moment, it felt great,” he writes. “I felt like, you always hate the police for whatever reason. It all seemed cool for the moment, but now I’m 35."
He continues, "Looking back at what we did as a collective, a young Black collective, we ruined our own neighborhood. I feel like we’re seeing the same things happening in Baltimore.”
In the piece, Game acknowledges that while he isn’t in Baltimore, he understands the anger many feel towards law enforcement.
“Look at how long we’ve been victims of the world,” he writes. “From slavery, from not being able to vote, up until our children. Young Black men in general are targets. People [are] using unlawful force to take our lives. We’ve seen kids shot [and] beaten. We’ve seen everything. At the end of the day, we get fed up.”
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