Here's a link to a report and video about some of the anti-violence efforts in the city.
I'm somewhat torn about this event. We've been very involved in some of the city wide efforts to curb the violence. For a variety of reasons, a member of a local rap group that is getting national attention, Dem Hoodstarz, is playing a big part of the summit. So - I'm feeling torn.
I love hip-hop and those who know me know that I'm somewhat progressive in my stance on music. However - I have a hard time asking a group that represents a certain part of urban culture to present an alternative to the violence when their music seems to present a different view. Here's a video that shows them performing at the corner of Clarke and Bay, in front of Price Barber shop - which is one of the local 'hot spots' for drug dealing and violence.
On the other hand, the folks that are organizing the event are good people and I'm know they love and care for EPA. Some grew up in the community and have a good perspective. To be clear, I support the event. It's just unfortunate that the decision was made to include the element of the rap group. I struggling to support some of the key elements. I'm not sure if I can participate or bring the youth I lead in our church.
I guess that i would like to hear more from them in terms of how their lyrics square with their sincere desire for peace. Is the image of women they portray in their videos the image we want to present? There is an apparent contradiction, and I feel we need to hear more from them about their intentions.
I want to be a team player. Some of the folks with other viewpoints are friends and co-workers. I'm trying to hold my tongue when necessary, and speak when it is right. To be straight, I originally posted a much harsher critique. Rudy corrected my tone, for which I apologize and am grateful for his comments. This is a hot issue right now. Some comments were made about my previous post. I left them in to be fair.
So - I'm feeling divided.
Loving the San Francisco Bay Area... Community development, urban ministry, trying to defeat poverty, faith, religion, politics, good music, the quest for the perfect pizza, the Yankees, motorcycles... All in a 'day's life'