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The Game Reads A Poem On Racism + Police Violence

Watch: The Game Reads A Poem On Race + Calls For Gangs To Unite In L.A. On 7/17

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Since the police killings of 37 year-old Alton Sterling and 32-year-old Philando Castile, just the most recent in a long and sustained wave of racial terror that goes back hundreds of years, Compton rapper The Game has been using the platform that comes with fame to bring attention to issues facing the black community. The Game continued this mission today with a poem. The Game initially made headlines in connection with police brutality by calling for a march in Los Angeles to bring awareness to police violence. Snoop Dogg also marched. The rally led to an unexpected meeting with Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck and L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti. Read more on the impromptu conversation here.

Today on Powers 106 Los Angeles’s The Cruz Show, The Game recited a poem that touched on police brutality, violence, and other topics. Watch it below.

Snoop Dogg, Louis Farrakhan of the Nation of Islam, and The Game are also calling for a meeting and conversation of gang members in the Los Angeles vicinity this saturday July 17th. The call is reminiscent of the Rodney King uprising when Bloods and Crips set aside their differences to combat and protest police violence. Hopefully the conversation touches not only on gang violence and crime in the black community but the root causes of violence and principally social and racial inequality, poverty, lack of job opportunities and training, housing segregation, defunding of public schools, mass incarceration, gentrification, and other structural issues that black and brown people face that lead to the high levels of crime and gang activity we face within our communities. The Game posted this message on Instagram:

“I want to extend the invitation to all CRIPS, BLOODS, ESE’s & all other gang members, major figures & GANG LEADERS from every hood in our city as well as the surrounding cities to our meeting 11am this Sunday, July 17th at 8039 S. Vermont Ave Los Angeles, California 90044 to have the much needed conversation amongst ourselves about our influence on the youth in our respective neighborhoods & how we can serve as better role models to them & the brothers we stand beside daily…. Because the sad truth that no one wants to face is, before we can get OUR LIVES TO MATTER to anyone else… We have to show that OUR LIVES MATTER to US !!!! WE have been responsible for more of the KILLING of ourselves than anyone else by a long shot & the percentages in which BLACK on BLACK, BLACK on BROWN, BROWN on BLACK, BROWN on BROWN murders are so fucking high verses any other killing of us that it is disgusting & this needs to be addressed & laid to rest !!!!!”

Good morning world. I hope everyone slept well….. Los Angeles, on behalf of myself @SnoopDogg, & the honorable @louisfarrakhan I want to extend the invitation to all CRIPS, BLOODS, ESE's & all other gang members, major figures & GANG LEADERS from every hood in our city as well as the surrounding cities to our meeting 11am this Sunday, July 17th at 8039 S. Vermont Ave Los Angeles, California 90044 to have the much needed conversation amongst ourselves about our influence on the youth in our respective neighborhoods & how we can serve as better role models to them & the brothers we stand beside daily…. Because the sad truth that no one wants to face is, before we can get OUR LIVES TO MATTER to anyone else… We have to show that OUR LIVES MATTER to US !!!! WE have been responsible for more of the KILLING of ourselves than anyone else by a long shot & the percentages in which BLACK on BLACK, BLACK on BROWN, BROWN on BLACK, BROWN on BROWN murders are so fucking high verses any other killing of us that it is disgusting & this needs to be addressed & laid to rest !!!!! Don't think we can't change it & better ourselves, lead by example & make our city a safer place for our children…. Because together, WE CAN !!!! I'm asking everyone who will attend: DO NOT bring any weapons or anything illegal. Do not come high or belligerent.. We don't need any HOT HEADS or anyone there for the wrong reasons or you will respectfully dealt with & REMOVED from the building… We will stand as we are, UNIFIED. I'm calling ALL GANGS, of ALL RACES, ALL GROWN MEN affiliated or not & WE WILL STAND UNIFIED SUNDAY !!!! Our numbers are all the weapons we need !!! We do not need to be dumb, retarded or uncivilized Sunday… ALL WE NEED IS EACH OTHER… I will not lead any of you into a trap !!!!! LET'S do the opposite of what we've been doing & show the world that we are MORE than the problem… Thank you – Game

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