This is so heartwarming!!
Snoop and The Game got together on Friday morning to stage a peaceful march and protest in Los Angeles, just hours after several significant tragedies surrounding both police brutality as well as a horrific sniper attack on cops rocked the country.
The two rappers, who had been planning their peaceful march through downtown LA for a few days, used the movement as an opportunity to open up a dialogue with the Los Angeles Police Department and the city’s Mayor’s Office — and judging by what the men posted on social media this afternoon, it appears things went very well.
It all started today with the pic of the two artists (above), posted to Instagram on The Game’s account inviting everyone to join them on the march (below):
“Calling: ALL AFRICAN AMERICAN MEN, MEXICAN AMERICAN MEN & any other RACE of REAL MEN with heart to stand with us today & walk peacefully to the LAPD headquarters. [LEAVE ALL WOMEN & CHILDREN AT HOME… THIS IS OUR MISSION FOR THEM]
Do not: bring any weapons or anything illegal. Do not come high or belligerent.. We don’t need any HOT HEADS or anyone there for the wrong reasons… We will stand as we are, UNIFIED. I’m calling ALL GANGS, ALL RACES, ALL GROWN MEN affiliated or not & WE WILL STAND UNIFIED tomorrow !!!! Our numbers are all the weapons we need !!! We do not need to be dumb, retarded or uncivilized today… ALL WE NEED IS EACH OTHER… I will not lead any of you into a trap !!!!! Objective: to make the Californian government & it’s law branches aware that from today forward, we will be UNIFIED as minorities & we will no longer allow them to hunt us or be hunted by us !!! Let’s erase the fear of one another on both sides & start something new here in the city of Los Angeles, a city we all love & share!”
That wasn’t all, though — the two really went deep in trying to make their movement a way to bridge the gap between races and rectify some of the problems plaguing both LA and the country at large:
“There are many things that have to be done to rectify this situation that has plagued us for hundreds of years & UNIFICATION is the 1st step !!! Again, I’m asking for ALL of my AFRICAN AMERICAN, MEXICAN AMERICAN & any other AMERICAN who has the heart to STAND WITH US to meet us at the above address & take the 1st step into altering our future for our children & our FAMILIES….I LOVE EVERY ONE OF YOU & WE OWE IT TO OURSELVES & OUR FAMILIES TO BE MEN & TAKE A STAND MY BROTHERS.. THE TIME IS NOW – The Game”
And the time really is now, since the pair and their movement took the city by storm in the most positive of ways.
The Game posted a video of the march to his IG account (below):
H.U.N.T the movement !!! #HATEUSNOTTODAY #HUNTUSNOTTODAYA video posted by The Game (@losangelesconfidential) on Jul 8, 2016 at 8:27am PDT
The men marched all the way to LAPD’s graduation ceremony today, meeting newly commissioned officers as reported by those on the scene:
Buzzfeed reports that Snoop took the lead there, saying:
“The mission is to reintroduce our community to the LAPD├óΓé¼┬ª just to get some understanding and dialogue. We’re the ones they’re going to be dealing with, we’re the ones that are going to be pulled over. ├óΓé¼┬ª We’re here on peace.”
And The Game admitted to being heartbroken over all the deaths that have occurred this week — both those at the hands of police and those of the police themselves:
“I would be lying to you if I didn’t say I was saddened by what happened in Dallas. I would be lying to you if I didn’t say I was angered about what occurred in Minnesota and Louisiana and Fresno. The cops that died in Dallas weren’t the cops that shot and killed Philando or Alton. As much as Philando and Alton didn’t deserve that, those cops in Dallas didn’t deserve that. And the only thing I could think of was to initiate peace on both sides, so that’s why I’m here.”
From there, the rappers met with LA Mayor Eric Garcetti before holding a joint press conference with the mayor’s office and officials from the LAPD (below):
That very last tweet… what an image of solidarity.
What an incredible day in LA thanks to the forward-thinking love of a couple rappers and an open, welcoming law enforcement agency.
Perhaps this is the start of something far greater than what’s been happening this week.
[Image via The Game/Instagram.]