There’s a long-standing rule in the black community that simply states: “no snitching” and the reasoning that follows is phrased as “snitches get stitches”, but why? How have we allowed ourselves, as a people, to become conditioned to accept crime within our own communities? The crimes being committed are made by our people, against our people, and from the outside looking in, it seems so contradictory. I will explain further…
Crimes in predominantly black, low-income neighborhoods (“the hood”) have been an issue for a while now and it has become such a cycle that many people have claimed to being numb to violent acts due to their frequency. For those of us that continue to have feelings of shock, grief, and sadness, when does this cycle end? We do vigils, t-shirts in memoriam, and shout “R.I.P” on every occasion but in the midst of it all is someone who was a witness to the scene, an article from the Miami New Times states:
“we need to hold ourselves accountable when it comes to black-on-black violence. The no-snitching culture applies to thugs killing thugs, but not when innocent young blacks with promising futures are the victims”.
Not speaking out against violence that you were a witness to, not only makes you selfish and a coward but you’re telling the families of victims that you don’t care and you give green lights to recurring events like these….
I had conducted a short poll on Facebook, asking users how they felt about the “no snitching” rule within the black community and it seems that each of them stood against it, every single participant, however, was (unintentionally) women, no men cared to comment…
It lead me to a more interesting question of why do our men feel ashamed to say if they saw anything? Now would this no snitching be in effect if we were to witness a white cop gunning down an innocent black man or even worse… a child? [Take a moment look at a few comments in the slideshow below.]