When rap icon Luther Campbell talks, people listen.
Campbell was a member of 2 Live Crew, a bawdy hip hip group now mainly remembered for a stint at the Supreme Court.
Well, maybe we should not give total short shrift to Mr. Campbell’s earlier artistic creations. After all, who could forget such time honored contributions to the American songbook as “Me So Horney” and “Pop That Pussy.” And don’t forget “Face down ass up.”
Now Campbell is back: “outraged at the treatment of African Americans” during Black Beach Week near his hometown of Miami.
After more than ten years of violence and chaos and mayhem and people hurt and property destroyed, Miami Beach police finally figured it out: They had to turn the town into a police state. Even so, more than 400 people got arrested over the Memorial Day weekend.
Compare with with the 20 people arrested for a bigger crowd during the same time period at the Indy 500.
Campbell is pissed: From a column in the Miami New Times, Campbell rails against the racists who
“racially profile people who are coming down here to have a good time.”
“It’s because there are more police on the street bent on locking people up for insignificant crimes that are ignored except during the last weekend in May.”
“All these measures are designed to make African-Americans feel uncomfortable so they don’t come back next year.”No doubt the locals hate Black Beach Week. They say the crime, mayhem and mountains of trash ruin their town.
Far worse than any other event.
The Mayor of Miami Beach said Black Beach Week turned his town into a “war zone.”
Doug Giles of Town Hall described some of the action of year’s past:
“Yes, during this year’s festivities the Urban Beach Weekers trashed the historic Art Deco streets, screamed, yelled and blasted music 24/7, and then, of course, there’s the attempted murder of our local police. Yep, one of the ‘tourists’ tried to run over several cops with his vehicle and then shot at them, at which point a gunfight ensued between one of these winners and Miami’s cops that made anything John Yoo has produced look lame.”
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