Where’s Rev Al when you need him? If the black community wants to REALLY make BLACK LIVES MATTER they would pay attention to the underbelly of Hip Hop and black youth. Where are Obama’s MY BROTHER’S KEEPER mentors? Get into the inner city and do some REALL work!
A disturbing video is making rounds on social media.
A young Memphis boy points guns and raps vulgar lyrics.
It has some in the community concerned.
14-year-old Johnathon, known as “Baby CEO,” raps about guns, drugs and gang signs and posts his videos on social media, hoping to find fame.
J.R. Futrell with Young Men University works with young men to keep them from a life of crime. He said he was not surprised by the video.
“It’s a product of reap and sow, and we’ve sown things into our children’s lives,” Futrell said. “They live in a world that they did not choose and here we are with the results.”
He said the video is disturbing and he recognizes some of the kids from Frayser.
“If that represents the poison, within that same poison is the cure,” Futrell said. “So we’re going to have to be patient and see where he is.”
Altonious Meyers from Young Men University said his 14-year-old self may have done the same thing.
“I’m thinking it’s cool when I’m growing up, because it’s all I’ve seen,” Meyers said.
It may be the only way Johnathon knows. His sister is in jail on aggravated burglary, robbery and kidnapping charges for an incident that happened in 2012.
Futrell said kids like Johnathon need mentors who will continue to show them a different path.
“I don’t believe if you build it they will come, he said. “I believe if you stay when they come, you’re there to provide the service that will help aid in the positive change.”