Inspired by “Murder to Excellence”

Please please please listen to this song:

Don’t just LISTEN to this song, DIGEST this song. The lyrics speak so poignantly to black on black crime in America. However, I will venture so far as to include crime amongst all cultures. Violence begets violence, and it appears to be inexorable. Margaret Mead said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” I completely agree with her. What else do we have if we do not have each other? It is up to us to infuse positivity into this world. However, a disconnect exists in communities that resemble crabs in a barrel/bucket (whichever you prefer).

“If you put crabs in a barrel to ensure your survival you gon’ end up pullin down n****s that look just like you”- Jay-Z

It is extremely difficult for individuals bombarded with negativity, isolation, violence, drugs, single-parent homes, trauma, etc. to develop a positive attitude-especially without a stable support system. In many cases, a support system acts as a protective factor that develops one’s resilience even in the face of such adversity.

Violence therefore presents itself in a simple manner. It is easy to to observe violence, but the workings of this phenomenon exist below the surface in the infected minds of individuals who, in many ways, feel that they have no alternative but to do whatever it takes to live. It usually results in remaining in the barrel/bucket. Contrastingly if more choices existed, more support systems, and more outlets were present to act as antibiotics to heal this cycle of desolation, our fellow human beings will work together to get out of the barrel and thrive.

Positively Influence,



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