WHAT ARE YOU PREPARED TO DO?

The title of this blog entry is a line from a scene in "The Untouchables" starring Robert DeNiro, Sean Connery and Kevin Costner.

In the scene, Sean Connery's character "Malone" has been "bushwacked" by some Chicago gangsters and is dying a dramatic, bloody death.  Costner, playing "Elliot Ness" is trying to console Malone in his last moments when Malone gives him the location of a "Al Capone's" accountant, key witness in the case against Capone (played brilliantly by Bobby D). 

As Malone gives Ness the vital clue to their case and is about to die, he gathers himself, spitting blood, and says to Ness, "What are You prepared to do!"

The rest is cinematic lore as Ness goes on to capture Capone's accountant, throw Frank Nitty off a building and coerce a Judge into convicting Capone on tax evasion.  In short, Ness was prepared to use any means necessary to capture his prey.   

Sound familiar???

The last few weeks I have been silent on most current events because I was tired of the rhetoric. 

Chinx Drugz shot and killed after his party in Queens on some hood sh*t...  typical.

Cleveland officer acquitted after he and his comrades unload over 130 shots at two unarmed motorists they erroneously thought were fleeing police after police erroneously thought a car backfiring was a gun shot... disgusting, vile and absurd. 

Five international banks pay multi-billion dollar fine for manipulating the foreign currency markets for their own individual gain.  Multi-billion dollar fine with no individual convictions or jail time... Anyone care to explain the foreign currency market and how its manipulation affects the lives of working class and poor people around the globe???  Anyone even know what the foreign currency market is???  

Uh Huh -- Ok

Which brings us back to Malone and Ness and US... (pun intended).

When you wake up in the morning, what do you do?  What is the first thing on your mind (typically)... aside from visiting the bathroom, coffee and your Instagram feed?

You don't have to become a Buddhist Monk to care for your fellow woman everyday.  When you get up in the morning, think about what you can do for someone else that day and DO IT! 

"Bad stuff" is happening because regular folk (The Masses) are focused on themselves and care too little for others. 

The Powers that Be are counting on it.

The System works this way because of it. 

Whose idea was it to endorse "Coke Boys" as the corporate name for French Montana and his crew?  However they got there, does the Kennedy Family glorify their family history as bootleggers?

Over the course of your day, maybe think about what your country is doing in your name here, there and everywhere.  If you're cool with things as they are fine; if not... 

What Are YOU Prepared to Do!

I started building community service programming into every entertainment project I work on.  I figure I can spend my time working to make things better for others while creating some fly art at the same time.  

What works for me may not work for You, but think about it and DO SOMETHING

My point is that the "Powers that Be" don't sleep...  Read about the Federal Reserve for starters.  Learn about the money you spend your whole life chasing!

The "System" does not take any time off... You waiting for a cop or a judge to do right by You as opposed to occupying the offices of every elected official in your vicinity?  No politician should get any sleep until the prison industrial complex is dismantled.

Late night gun play does not have to continue to be a part of the African-American experience...  Remember when it used to be cool to openly prefer light skinned blacks to darker complexioned brothers and sisters?  You voice that attitude now, most folk will look at you sideways (even if they believe it themselves).  How about African-American gun culture is acceptable in defense of our homes and families but letting off shots in residential neighborhoods is a sucker move?

Like I learned from my Big Brothers, Bles and General Steele: 

The Battlefield is everywhere and We are the Calvary...

So get on your horse and ride out For the People.

Conversation DONE!

AB Esquire

Armani Baraka Scott

Husband, Father, Writer and Friend