“Those Seats You’re Sitting In”

by Paulie Rhyme

I feel for the brother.

Everytime I see stuff like this, I honestly breathe a sigh of relief that I am in Japan. I would never want my peoples to be speaking about me in the past tense, my blood on the hands of politicians. I read a great article by the homie Baye McNeil about police in Japan stopping people and I couldn't fully put my feelings into words because almost 2 years ago my 4 year old expressed fear for my life. That pain is etched in my soul and I will never forget what she said to me as we walked past a group of officers. She is an innocent. And still whatever vibe that was going on, whatever energy was being given off as we walked passed, she felt it. That is no way to live. I knew then that it was time to leave.

Now I say that knowing that this is my option and my privilege and that is not the route for everyone. We are all on different journeys and dealing with different situations. I think though this brother is on to something. The real fight is local. And you can speak truth to power. He is a spark. He is saying you are in but you can either leave or we will get you up out of there. You do not represent us. And while those people in front of him may brush him off, those people behind him are chanting "Shut It Down."

Paulie Rhyme