(TIML NEWS) Hip Hop veteran Common responded to President Trump’s threat to send federal authorities into Chicago if the city doesn’t clean up its crime, on Wednesday [Jan. 25], telling TMZ “we don’t need that type of mentality.”
“To help Chicago, you know, we gotta take care of our own. Within the community we’ve gotta do things. It’s a lot of people that are already organizing and doing things. We need our state and local people to do things,” the Chi-town emcee said, in detailing that it will take a grassroots effort to deal with the violent endemic at its root. Common made his mark on Hip Hop by establishing himself as one of the mainstream’s most socially conscious artists over the past two decades. He remained so throughout Barack Obama’s eight years in office, frequenting the White House as a regular guest of the former Illinois Senator.
Following a year in which Chicago saw the highest number of homicides in 19 years [762, with 4,331 shooting victims], the city has seen a continuation of its carnage, with Trump citing 42 killings resulting from 228 shootings through Tuesday. The self-proclaimed “Law and Order” President has said that he is eager to make a push to clean up the streets of America’s inner cities, but it remains to be seen whether he will select to revert to mass incarceration, in light of the notion having become increasingly unpopular over the past several years.
Much of the talk surrounding Trump’s meetings with such Black celebrities as Jim Brown and Steve Harvey has had to do with putting his hands into the inner cities. In advocating on his behalf Brown and Harvey have insinuated that he may contribute resources to community programming, which would be a break from traditional Republican policy. Such tweets as the one he sent out on Tuesday [Jan. 24], though, raises doubts about his commitment to follow in line with the approach Common stands behind with his remarks.