Chief Keef is raising eyebrows after a photo he posted to his Instagram account.
The image in question titled “#BlackLegends” features prominent African American figures, including Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, Barack Obama and even Sosa himself. The American flag, though faint, can also be seen in the photo’s background.
The addition of the American flag is a nicely added touch.
Not sure if Chief Keef earned the right to be called a legend at this early stage in his life, but it can be argued that the Chicago native has a rightful place alongside his three counterparts.
Chief Keef, born Keith Cozart, represents millions of American urban youths Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X gave their lives for.
And it is this image of Keef that shows that poverty, generational racism and a failed education system continues to leave many children neglected in this country.
Though Chief Keef wasn’t born during the Civil Rights Era, there were millions of black and Latino children who were struggling to survive in America during that time period just as he is in the present.
Despite Chief Keef’s rap lyrics being nothing short of violent and profane, it is his truth, as well as thousands of teens just like him.
Chief Keef hails from the Parkway Gardens in the crime-ridden Englewood neighborhood on Chicago’s South Side, an area heavily embedded with a strong gang presence.
The “I Don’t Like” rapper once acknowledged that many people don’t make it out of his community.
“…I Come From Oblock A Hood Mfs Barely Make It out Of,” he wrote.
Chicago, dubbed “ChIraq” by residents for its high rate of violence, has long been plagued by a disproportionately high homicide rate.
Chicago, according to statistics, has a higher homicide rate than Kabul, Afghanistan.
In 2012 alone, the city recorded 506 murders.
In Chicago, the homicide rate is disproportionately higher amongst its minority residents. There have been 2,045 homicides since Jan. 1, 2007 amongst the African American demographic, according to Red Eye Chicago. There were 647 homicides amongst Caucasians since 2007.
Though it can be argued whether or not Chief Keef is legend, it can’t be argued that he is a survivor.
The rapper recently celebrated his 18th birthday Aug. 15, a milestone in any young man’s life.
Sadly, many urban youths are not as fortunate.
Chief Keef and countless other youths in the inner city prove the work of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X is not complete.
Until the country is willing to address the issues plaguing the urban community, there will continue to be Chief Keefs.
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