Snoop Dogg & The Game Organize Peaceful March On LAPD Headquarters To Discuss Race Relations (VIDEOS)

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With all that has happened in the past few days, there’s been a lot on my mind. What can our society do to begin healing the huge rift that keeps growing between the African-American community and the police community? Both deserve respect. There’s no way I can make any logical suggestion. I’m not African American, and I don’t know what it’s like to feel targeted based on the color of my skin. I’m also not a police officer who performs a selfless job with very little thanks at the end of the day. There are criminals in all races of our society. And there are police officers who should NOT be police officers whatsoever.

But that’s getting lost somewhere in the static noise. It’s on both sides to extend their hands and reach out to one another to repair this though. And Buzzfeed reports two legendary rappers are stepping up to do just that.

Snoop Dogg (the godfather of rap) and The Game called for men of color to march in a peaceful demonstration to the Los Angeles Police Department headquarters today to extend their hands in an attempt to repair the relationship between their communities and officers.

The Game called for men to join them in the peaceful march in a post on Instagram. He urged men to leave women and children at home stating this was a mission that was for them. He also called for the men to NOT bring weapons or anything illegal, to come sober, and for men to come for the right reasons.

“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.”

He shared their objective was:

“…to make the Californian government & it’s [sic] law branches aware that from today forward, we will be UNIFIED as minorities & we will no longer allow them to hurt us or be hunted by us !!!”

As the peaceful demonstrators marched on LAPD headquarters, there was a graduation ceremony for police recruits going on at the very same time; however, Snoop Dogg said this was just a coincidence, and it was not intended. However, I believe it’s a good coincidence. New recruits were introduced to a community they have to protect and be protected by. Snoop Dogg told the LA Times it was about communication:

“We never had communication with police and we’re trying to start a whole new beginning by getting that dialogue and communication. The best thing you can do to seek for information is to seek for communication. Because you can’t match hate with hate. You have to match hate with love and that’s what we came for today and a love offering to sit down and have some dialogue. Like the chief said ‘We were talking to him and hearing and listening and trying to find a better way to bridge a gap between us and them because we all need each other. And that’s my suggestion. Communication is key.”

The Game shared why he was leading the march.

“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.”

Police, of course, responded to the marchers and met with them to talk about relations between the African American community and the police community, and it sounds promising.

Police Chief Charlie Beck talked about empathy and how police officers must realize people from different neighborhoods have different priorities. Beck also added that they met with the demonstrators because they wanted to prevent anything from happening like it did in Dallas.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti also added to the conversation, “We want it to be not just about words.”
He also stressed this isn’t a time to play the blame game and violence was not the answer.

The Game called for everyone to work together to save each other.

“Let’s try to save each other’s life before the world ends before our eyes.”

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