West Side rapper Twista said Chicago needs after-school programs — not federal troops — to stem violence.
“We need, like, after-school programs and money put back into the communities and stuff like that so that we can help ourselves, not, like, the National Guard coming in,” Twista said in a video TMZ posted.
“You see what happened every time you have a martial law type of thing and you bring that type of mentality to the neighborhoods and bring, like, a federal type of law to override the law of the city and things like that. It’s a bad experience every time. Nobody would agree that that’s a good idea. I’m pretty sure none of the families in Chicago want to walk outside their doors and see that type of thing happening going on up and down the streets, like when they step outside. So I think it’s a problem that we can more so fix amongst ourselves, and I look at it as a big wake up call for us to stand up and start to do things ourselves.”
President Donald Trump tweeted last week that “if Chicago doesn’t fix the horrible ‘carnage’ going on, 228 shootings in 2017 with 42 killings (up 24% from 2016), I will send in the Feds!” The president’s tweet did not specify what form that could take.
South Side rapper-turned-actor Common echoed Twista’s sentiment when he told a TMZ camera crew last week that “we’ve got to take care of our own.”
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