What Was It About This Man That Made Unity Like This Possible?

June 20, 2019

If gang leaders agree to set aside their differences for even one day of peace, there’s hope for a brighter tomorrow.

Who was it that inspired sworn enemies to publicly hug it out for the first time in 27 years? 

Rapper Nipsey Hussle, a former member of the Rollin 60s Crips gang, was recently murdered in cold blood despite being a well-respected pillar of his community who made it clear in his music, businesses, and philanthropy that he wanted to see all of his people win. 

Gang leaders from Los Angeles areas notoriously plagued with gun violence, including Watts, Compton, and Inglewood, called each other up to make a plan to pay tribute to his impact.

Community member Big U knew how incredibly risky it could be to organize a march in broad daylight. 

“It’s something everybody in this community wanted to [do] but bringing together different people who have been at war for years is really kind of dangerous,” he told TMZ.

Still, just as leaders came together to protest a lack of accountability and repercussions for police violence - a cause much more prevalent than street beef - they found a way to, as Big U puts it, “celebrate the life and the gift of Nipsey.”

The hope is that the peace treaty will be the beginning of a beautiful long term truce.

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