HOUSTON, TX (KTRK) — The senseless violence in Houston is no secret. In fact, a historically black college football team that drove here this weekend is now considering its safety.
Deion Sanders told his Jackson State University players not to leave their hotel rooms for social activities before or after their game against Texas Southern.
All Tuesday people tried to come to terms with the loss of another young, talented black man.
“What happened to Young Dolph? Tragic! What happened to Takeoff? Tragic! What happened to MO3 in Dallas? Tragic! What happened to Nipsey Hussle in Los Angeles? Tragic!” Deric Muhammad, a community activist, said.
He just mentioned a few hip hop artists who have been killed by gun violence in the last three years. The oldest on his list was 36.
“Graveyards are filled with black brilliance that died before its time. Takeoff should be alive right now to continue giving the gift God gave him, but someone made the mindless decision to fire a gun and kill this innocent man. Now, his loved ones, his fans, our community, the culture, his whole family have to live with this for the rest of their lives,” Muhammad said.
Jacques Hall is DJ at 97.9 The Box. He liked Migos’ music and met Takeoff a couple of times.
“His poetry was so great. He spoke about everything and he was a powerful voice in the hip hop community. He was really loved throughout the community, especially here in Houston,” Hall said.
That love couldn’t protect the 28-year-old from the greed, envy and lack of respect for life that Muhammad said talented black men all too often make targets for. It’s a cycle of violence and retribution that he doesn’t want to see in Houston.
“A person’s blood belongs in their veins, not on the sidewalk. We just don’t want to see more bloodshed,” he said. “This is a major pain for the hip-hop community.”
The source of the pain and the solution can both be found in the same place, with our culture’s commitment to cherishing and supporting the lives of young men who deserve to grow old.
Muhammad works to address the issues that are causing violence in Houston. He holds summits to empower young men and provide them with mentors.
The next will be held at St. John’s Methodist Church in December and Muhammad specifically encourages black boys and men to attend.
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