In the aftermath of recent killings in Dallas, Minneapolis and Baton Rouge, two black rappers – Snoop Dogg and the Game – organized and took part in a peaceful march of racial minority men on the Police Department Headquarters in Los Angeles.
The march was announced on Instagram and urged African American, Mexican and all other race men to leave their weapons and anger behind and stand united in delivering a message of unity, respect for human life and the need for a peaceful resolution of the conflicts between minority men and law enforcement.
The march coincided in time with a LAPD graduation ceremony. After the ceremony, a meeting was held which included Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, L.A. Police Chief Charlie Beck as well as Snoop Dogg and the Game.
Snoop Dogg addressing police officers stressed: “Respect is key. Think about the person you’re pulling over and their family. Because that way, you’ll have more of a consideration of life and de-escalate as opposed to escalate.”
The Game, made a great point, saying, “The cops that died in Dallas weren’t the cops that shot and killed Philando or Alton. As much as Philando and Alton didn’t deserve that, those cops in Dallas didn’t deserve that.”
He also said: “I took those police uniforms off of those police officers that met an untimely demise last night and I turned them into what they really are before they put them on, and those are human beings, like me and everyone standing here.”
Los Angeles Police Chief Beck expressed similar sentiment in regard to the need to address and resolve the recent racial tensions which resulted in the loss of seven human lives:
“We are all furious about what has happened to this conversation – that there is no dialogue, that it is becoming a screaming contest from opposite sides of the room. It can’t be that. The way to solve problems is to sit down, look them in the eye and work it out.”
It’s remarkable to see individuals from different walks of life getting together for a meeting of the minds. Peaceful dialog and immediate reforms are badly needed, but the dialog and reforms have to be based on the understanding that color, ethnicity and / or uniforms aside, we are all EQUALLY HUMAN.
Anything L.A. Magazine’s Editor / E. Elrich