I originally wanted to title this post, ‘Stay Your Ass At Home, but when I looked at the calendar, I quickly changed my mind. Why?
Because the movie Black Panther premieres tonight. Just about every Black person in Chicago will be out tonight and over the weekend trying to see the movie. And that’s great. We absolutely need to support movies that are directed by Black folks, staring Black folks.
But young male Black folks living, working, and playing in Chicago this weekend in particular need to be careful.
One of Chicago’s finest was killed this week, Lt. Commander Paul Bauer.
He was a truly good man with a young family that will have to face a lot of years without him. Understandably, his fellow Chicago officers are upset. So, no one is going to be upset with them when they roll hard on criminals and suspected criminals this weekend.
So, if you don’t have a legitimate reason (work, school, or Church) for being in the city, I suggest you keep your ass at home.
It you’re going to try and go see Black Panther, don’t cause a scene when the movie gets sold out and you’re still standing in line. If you’re that sort, keep your ass at home.
If the plates and tags on your car are not up-to-date, keep your ass at home
If you have outstanding warrants, keep your ass at home.
If you have unpaid child support, keep your ass at home.
If you can’t go anywhere without your drugs, keep your ass at home.
If you can’t go anywhere without your guns, keep your ass at home
If, you must go out, try and wear a jacket that has a breast pocket. And put your ID, or driver’s license in it. So that you don’t have to try and pull it out of your glove compartment or pants pocket. Keep clam, don’t fight, or insult the officer and please, please, please, please don’t run.
A Tiny Kitten With A Big Mouth
Eliza D. Ankum