This weekend, something horrible happened. A man decided to retaliate against another man in a way that is so cruel and grotesque that I dread the fact that I feel compelled to write about it.
At a local Milwaukee event, the Miltown Beatdown (a yearly producer battle), a disturbed person took the opportunity to commit an act of violence that is completely dispicable. A local rapper, who is a very contraversial figure within the Milwaukee Hip-Hop scene was in attendance at the beatdown with his pet, a baby perrot, and towards the end of the night an outsider decided to exact revenge on this individual by grabbing the bird from his shoulder and biting the head off of it…thus killing it immediately. Yes, the head of the bird was bitten off.
Chaos ensued. The bouncers of the club that this event took place at restrained the local emcee and let the people who should’ve been held, get away scot free.
There is more to the story of that night but I honestly don’t feel like putting any more information out there because the level of gossip has already been at a fevered pitch. Unfortunately, gossip isn’t the only thing that has been taking place. There have been some people that have come forward to almost cheer this act of insanity. This does not sit well with me.
Lampooning and glorifying another person’s tragedy is not the path to righteousness. I don’t expect everybody to get along, by any means, but, I can’t accept the calousness with which humanity continues to push forward…as shown over this weekend in Milwaukee. I don’t work that way. I can’t work that way. I want you to be better. I want you to be free of the anger and malice that motivates your actions. I want you to find peace.
To those of you who are in the Hip-Hop community, and also those who are outside of it that have taken this opportunity to kick a man while he is down: I am so disappointed in you. I am a nobody and I realize that my opinion doesn’t matter but I wanted you to know. I am one of your biggest fans, and maybe I care way too much, but regardless of that I am still a person who supports you and your music. So, hopefully my words do somewhat count for a tiny fraction of something. I want you to be better than that.
I understand that not everybody is an “animal person”. But we can all relate to losing something we love so completely that the experience of suddenly having that person/pet removed from our life through death, or others ways, brings with it a deep well of pain. Attacking this, what should be considered untouchable, is one of the most barbaric things a person can do psychologically and emotionally. It shows regression and ignorance, not evolution and enlightenment.
Again, though I don’t personally understand it, I know that civility often takes a backseat to more negative actions. I know that hate is very real. I know that love, respect, kindness, and generousity, are more often than not replaced by their negative counter parts. But, why does this have to be? I may be completely dillusional to believe that if you give a person, even those with the hardest of hearts, a long enough time, that they will eventually show something that reflects light instead of dark. I guess this is one of those moments that is provided to hopefully show that there is a light within you.
I ask all who spoke in haste to recant their statements. Delete them from your Facebook profiles, your Twitter pages, etc. You don’t have to offer the man who is experiencing complete disorder right now your hand, condollences, or anything of that sort. I’m not asking you to all-of-a-sudden desire to become buddies with him. I’m not asking you to even come close to liking him. I’m asking for a level of restraint that I truly believe you have. Those who are friends and family of the man, I request that you give the people time to recant.
Elevate yourselves people. There is too much to lose.
JC Poppe, one of the biggest fans of Milwaukee Hip-Hop.