Stop Snitching. Keep Dying.

Black-on-Black crime will put the Klan out of business.

When “keeping it real” goes wrong:

Police: Even while dying, teen won’t talk

Cop asks: Do you know who shot you? He replies: ‘I know. But I ain’t telling you. . .’

April 20, 2010

BY FRANK MAIN Staff Reporter/fmain@suntimes.com

Robert Tate wasn’t ever going to snitch — not even when it came to his own murder, according to the Chicago Police.

Tate, 17, was shot in the chest as someone approached him on a West Side sidewalk on the evening of April 12, police say. Seeing that Tate was wounded badly and probably wouldn’t make it, an officer asked: Do you know who shot you?

“I know,” Tate told him. “But I ain’t telling you s—.”

That’s according to Harrison Area Police Cmdr. Anthony Riccio, who said the murder investigation is focusing on a possible shooter — even though Tate took his secret to the grave.

“Unfortunately it’s almost a culture among the drug dealers and gang members, that code of silence, that ‘don’t snitch’ mentality that they not only have when they’re witnesses, but also when they’re the victims,” Riccio said.

But Tate’s mother Cynthia Washington doesn’t buy it.

She doesn’t know how her son — a “very respectful child” — could have told police anything as he lay dying on the scene in the 900 block of North Avers.

“Why wouldn’t he tell them who shot him?” Washington wondered.

Riccio responded that Tate was lucid as he spoke to the officer, then died as paramedics tried to save him.

Riccio said it’s commonplace for shooting victims whose wounds aren’t life-threatening to refuse to cooperate. Just last week, a 22-year-old gang member was on a bicycle in the 500 block of East 88th when he was shot in the thigh. He didn’t even want to report the shooting after he was taken to Stroger Hospital.

“But I have never seen anyone take it to the grave,” Riccio said.

Police think Tate was killed because of his involvement in the drug trade in Humboldt Park.


As far as another young man suffering an early and unnecessary death on the streets, that’s hardly an unusual occurrence, I’m sad to say. What elevates the store beyond the everyday tragedy/monotony of Black-on-Black crime is this kid’s pathetic adherence to the “stop snitchin'” code even as his life dribbles away.

This sort of appalling ignorance can’t be fought by ignoring or covering it up. All these little punk gangsta wannabees who think they’re so hard should know there’s nothing hard about watching your life end at 17 because bullets don’t care how tough you think you are.

If the Klan or neo-Nazis were shooting down Black kids at the rate they kill each other daily, all the usual suspects would be marching down the streets of Washington chanting the same old tired-ass slogans and demanding the federal government mobilize to stop the slaughter.

But when it’s just one more dead nigger killed by another nigger likely to end up the same damn way, nobody gives a shit. It’s like a self-cleaning oven. Call the cops, tape off the area, load ’em up in the meat wagon and another clueless mommy can wail and cry about how this couldn’t have happened to her good boy.

Change the name. The scenario remains the same.

Wash, rinse, repeat. Wash, rinse, repeat. Wash, rinse, repeat…

So does that mean I’m calling out Jesse and Al and Tavis and all the rest of the so-called “Black leaders” as a bunch of race hustlers who go after the same old soft targets instead of taking on an equally evil adversary that operates in our own backyard?

You damn right I am. They work on a formula that White racism is somehow more insidious and threatening to African-Americans than our own pathological inability and refusal to attack the root causes of our own self-destructive behavior. It’s easier to scream “racism” at a corporation for the lack of dark faces in the boardroom than it is to demand police and government action against a drug dealer or a gang terrorizing a housing project.

The War on Drugs might as well be called The War On Black People. All it does is funnel dope into the worst neighborhoods, destroy families, turn Black men into convicts and locks them away in rural areas to be guarded by White men who have no other employment available. It’s a great big racket and nobody gives a damn about it until it spills over and touches them or someone they know and care about.

I hate “thug culture” like God hates sin. This self-hatred will do what slavery, the Klan, the Tuskegee Experiment and COINTELPRO couldn’t do: make Black people extinct.

One day you will have to go to a museum to find out who we even were.

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5 thoughts on “Stop Snitching. Keep Dying.

  1. Correction Dude … You’ll have to go the museum to find who and what thugs were– not who black people were. But, hey before long white folks will be the minority and then whatcha gonna do?

  2. “Unfortunately it’s almost a culture among the drug dealers and gang members, that code of silence, that ‘don’t snitch’ mentality that they not only have when they’re witnesses, but also when they’re the victims,”. POLICE SPOKESMAN

    It’s easy to equate the “no snitching” code as gang culture, but about the rest of the residents in these areas? Why do we so easily tag them with it? Like almost anything else in life, things simply aren’t that simple. Due to the gross failure of governmental protection and policies, is there any wonder why the common person would feel absolutely no confident in assisting police by becoming witness/targets? Of course the former example exists, but I find myself so numb to the feelings and welfare of Urban Terrorist (drug dealers, gang members); I’m most concern with the everyday man, woman and child trying to eke out a dignified existence, and that comes from self-leadership.

    Let us move on from the Smileys and Sharptons and Jacksons. This type of “leadership” has failed miserably and leaves out the most important, internal type; that of self-leadership. Like the welfare revolution of the late sixties that has turned blacks into government sponsored humans, Preacher leaders have removed any survival instinct urban collateralist have but to run go tell the minister. There needs to be a new revolution. There needs to be a massive revolt against these community destroying demagogues, and the liberal social police whose policies and philosophy that makes it criminal to self-protect has turned black communities the shooting galleries of death. A philosophy so unnatural, that it’s only imposed on blacks. The police may not know who these killers are, but the community knows, as it is implied by the constant coverage of the “no snitch culture” which seems to encompass the entirety of blacks. So I say to hell with outsider protection, only those with something at stake can make the necessary changes to improve their lives. The police obviously can’t or won’t do what is needed to save lives and people’s dignity.

    That said, only the victim can protect the victim, so self arming is imperative. They will be those who’ll claim this to be too dangerous, and they’d be correct. But the current state of things can’t be tolerated for too much longer, and criminals play their game knowing the rules of law (or indifference) and use them as legal shields. Hell, they shoot down the innocent anyway, I think it’s time we take away the predictability and begin to instill the fear the police, judges and prosecutors failed to do. There, already, is too much violence, and blood spilled daily by the gangsters and other criminals of the innocent bystander and the quality of life is at its nadir for everyone trapped between efficient criminals and inefficient policing. Let’s not forget these Urban Neighborhoods are, in fact, Clearinghouses for criminals and mentally deranged sociopaths with very little help of constructive outlets. These containment zones are the mental and correctional institutions, but without the guards or solutions. A purge is sorely needed because there will be nowhere else to go, and there is no one else to turn.

    For life and dignity, one can only depend on the community of victims and no one else.

  3. “The War on Drugs might as well be called The War On Black People. All it does is funnel dope into the worst neighborhoods, destroy families, turn Black men into convicts and locks them away in rural areas to be guarded by White men who have no other employment available”.

    I TOTALLY agree.

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