Get Rich or Die Trying


So I was in a dollar cab a few nights ago exchanging world views with the driver. We were talking about how the cops harass hard working people and racially profile the young black males of our city. The Sean Bell Shooting was one of the topics we touched. Its a tragic story of a young man that was gunned down and his two friends injured the night before his wedding coming from a bachelor party. His friends Joseph Guzman, and Trent Benefield are left to tell the tale of that fateful night and defend his name. Now the key word I’m about to touch on is Tact.

Trent was on 20/20 saying his piece about what happened that fateful night. Now I for one am against racial profiling, police brutality, and unjust harassment. Once this powder Keg blew Al “Always on time” Sharpton rallied alongside the the victims in protest. Various people through out the community came to the side of these young men. Donations were made to help out the victims in order to somehow help ease there pain through this time. Now I know most people are saying “Them Dudes gonna get bread” but even though thats a given do we need to show that.

Trent has a myspace page showing off his new found fame Coon style. Here he is with money on his head and clothes showing off his “Baller Status”. Why every time us as black folks have a little something we can stand up for, defend or be proud of there’s always someone to fuck it up. With public enemy you had Flavor Flav, everyone loved R. Kelly til’ the tape came out and we have O.J. (self explanatory). Anyway, so on his page there is numerous pictures of this dude showing money and promoting himself as the victim. Humble yourself man, your friend has passed away in such an unjust manor and rumor has it that all you’re thinking about is the payoff. You might’ve fucked up you money big time by doing his. At least set your page to private (probably don’t know how to) so that your groupies can see it only. Reading the picture comments sets up back too many years alone.

Word on the street is that Al and other civil right heads got word about this coonery and are now distancing themselves from Trent. Joseph on the other hand is carrying himself the way you should in such a devastating situation. Once Che’ Whitey (look it up 80′s babies) hears about this it’s a wrap and the media will eat this up as just some money hungry black folks. No one will focus on the real issue: Police unjustly taking the lives of innocent minorities everyday across our country. I for one need to just say one thing to our young black people, WAKE THE FUCK UP!!!!

Props to my dude Dallas for the title

24 Responses to “Get Rich or Die Trying”

  1. Dallas Says:
    February 11th, 2007 at 11:48 pm

    Black folks and their struggle for civil rights just took five steps backward.

  2. cashmere Says:
    February 12th, 2007 at 12:49 am

    Sometimes I don’t know whether to support black people, or be ashamed. This shit is sad. :::sighs::: (as the white man kicks his heels up)

  3. NativeAmericanIndianX Says:
    February 12th, 2007 at 6:19 am

    Baaalllin!! Mind corruption comes from many different places. The results of poverty really hinder peoples ability to use their common sense. I’m no doctor or activist but it just brings my attention to all the issues involved in the Ghetto Life. SAD

  4. Lion XL Says:
    February 12th, 2007 at 7:06 am

    This is sole reason why we never seem to progress! It’s almost impossible to feel correct defending people and their rights when the people you try to defend are complete idiots.

  5. twerkolator Says:
    February 12th, 2007 at 9:16 am

    “Why every time us as black folks have a little something we can stand up for, defend or be proud of there’s always someone to fuck it up. With public enemy you had Flavor Flav…”

    i disagree. flavor flav was an integral part of PE. he was just as important as terminator x, professor griff, or the S1Ws. he provided the group with levity and comic relief and served as the wild and crazy doppelganger to chuck’s serious and stern lead role. the genius of public enemy lay in the combination of all of it’s parts. take away flavor flav and it’s not the same thing. do you think chuck would’ve had him in the group if he disapproved of flav’s antics or persona?

    he’s kinda trippin’ now with the reality tv and all that. but as far as what he brought to PE and hip-hop as a whole, people should give him more credit and respect. would the role of hypeman even be what it is today without flav? would there have been an ODB (another genius in his own right) without flav?

    if PE were a white rock band instead of a black hip-hop group would people have something to say about a character like flav then? i highly doubt it, and that leads me to my point. when white people clown or do silly, crazy shit nobody says anything, but when it’s a black person it’s coonery. why is that? why doesn’t a word exist for whites when they do stupid shit like trent benefield (and we all know they do). sure, we call such actions stupidity, or tomfoolery, or just plain crazy, but none of these words carry the racial implications of the word “coon” or “coonery”. why is it cool for Jim Carey or Steve Martin to do the type of comedy they do, but when Martin Lawrence does it it’s coonery? to me, it just goes to show that we as a people still consider ourselves inferior to whites and are still overly concerned with what they think about us.

    i’m not naive. i know that whites hold the great majority of power and control the hegemony of this country. but does that mean we have to tip-toe around all the time worrying about what they think about us? or that if one black person fucks up it’s going to reflect negatively on the rest of us?

    let’s not forget the police brutality came before the “coonery” in this instance and would’ve occurred in spite of it and irrespective of it. in other words, some crackers are going to do what they’re going to do and think what they’re going to think regardless of what we do. fuck it… trent benefield don’t represent me (nor should he)…ol’ damned coon.

  6. R. Kelly's lawyer Says:
    February 12th, 2007 at 10:32 am

    He saddens me. This guy along w/ Bell can be the initial part of a revolution and a reform of this corrupt system we’re (young minorities) subjected to. But he rather be a stereotypical Jigg.

    He’ll be arrested by the end of the year..

  7. Goat Says:
    February 12th, 2007 at 10:51 am

    I definitely can see your view on the whole Flav issue you had with my post. I’m just talking bout whenever we have something positive going on there is always something “The Man” or whoever can get distracted with a tarnish what we as a people are trying to do. You might view it as genius but I don’t agree when it comes to court cases (remember when Flav was coming out the police station asking for a grill cheese sandwich in cuffs), reality tv shows, or pulling up to the welfare office in a limo for a check (ODB). And as a people we have to set the bar higher for ourselves because we have to work twice as hard to get where we need to be. Point Blank, we can’t cut each other that slack because THEY wont.

  8. brooklynblonde Says:
    February 12th, 2007 at 12:21 pm

    this is so horrible. and makes people forget what happened to sean bell. we as people will never make progress when we start looking like idots. sean was a victim and so were his friends. but you would think they won the lottery!

  9. Beggar Says:
    February 12th, 2007 at 2:05 pm

    Lets not forget that this guy case is still open… He recieved this money from people who donated and from activist. This guy should just be humble until he gets his case settled and even then stay humble. If he proceeds in this manner it can effect his case and also the other victim as well. A lot of people say he has nothing to do with me thats his actions but, The man aint looking at the situation as such we all going down with him. If we unite on things such as this its like keeping everyone else around us aware so they know this is not cool. For his own safety why would he want to floss like that in the hood… People would try to get at him. At the end of the day if someone knows this guy they should put the bug in his ear and tell him WAKE UP!

  10. thoreauly77 Says:
    February 12th, 2007 at 6:42 pm

    twerkolater- man, you have some great points, and i co-sign most all of it. my two cents is this though: it seems like all of the progress that has been made, despite systematic racism and historical/continuing exploitation of blacks and their culture by white people (and other peoples for that matter), it is even more insulting to mold your image into something that was created by white people to oppress your people. and i think trent is doing this, right?

  11. twerkolator Says:
    February 12th, 2007 at 7:24 pm


    oh most definitely…i see what you’re saying about flav’s exploits as far as his personal life is concerned. i thought you were speaking of how people viewed him as a member of PE.

  12. Fresh Says:
    February 13th, 2007 at 12:58 am

    For this sad monkey I say, NEGRO PLEASE!!!

  13. links for 2007-02-13 at Racialicious - the intersection of race and pop culture Says:
    February 13th, 2007 at 3:21 am

    [...] Get Rich or Die Trying – Pardon Me Duke If this isn’t a hoax, I’m pretty horrified. Trent Benefield, one of the survivors of the Sean Bell shooting, shows off his cash money on his MySpace page. (tags: policebrutality africanamerican black) [...]

  14. NativeAmericanIndianX Says:
    February 13th, 2007 at 10:01 am

    I’m sorry but in reaction to the twerkolator’s point. I agree that this guy’s actions sholdn’t be representative of me or the hardworking people i know as family and friends but the REALITY is i might and most likely will be judged by his actions when i don’t even know him. The thing is.. significant progress socially aside (if you want to call it that), white folks or “crackers’ or whatever hold the positions of power in our country they’re the majority. So as much as i’d like to live my life independent from what others do i still unfortunately have to deal with the stereotypes of PERCEPTION. This guy creates a perception for “the majority” that all young black men think along those lines and (irrationally ofcourse) they deserve to be killed when they’re doing something suspicious (like coming out of a shady strip club). I want to be on the guy’s side but it is ‘coonery’ at the end of the day. Unfortunately things like this will always be publicized because it helps fuel the machine of perception and deception that we all think like him (no reasoning needed). I find it interesting how much dialogue this provokes and how much awareness there actually is amongst us. All in all things like what Trent’s doing are seen as an example of our ignorance. So until we really if ever make significant changes things like this will always affect all of us. In parting i hope the interviewer i’m seeing today doesn’t have myspace access cause then it’ll be here we go again.

  15. sasha Says:
    February 13th, 2007 at 10:11 am

    anybody send dude an email? or yall just shittin on him? letting this hot mess spend more time circulating on the internet. i hit him up with a request to make it private. this shit is hella ignorant.

  16. Gunfighter Says:
    February 13th, 2007 at 11:47 am

    Unless I’m mistaken, it has yet to be determined whether or not the officers involved in that shooting were justified… correct?

  17. Goat Says:
    February 13th, 2007 at 11:48 am

    An associate of mine reached out to him and asked him to make his myspace private. He said his lawyers assured him that legally nothing can come of this. Now are we shitting on him or is he shitting on himself. Don’t feel sorry for someone who feels that this isn’t a problem.

  18. beggar Says:
    February 13th, 2007 at 2:31 pm

    To this i say… Pardon me Duke!

  19. Combat Jack Says:
    February 14th, 2007 at 12:38 pm

    You guys are taking this a bit too serious. Let’s look at the up side of this. At least I can hope that duke gets casted as part of a television reality show.

  20. joe Says:
    February 16th, 2007 at 8:49 pm

    this is dumb. “clothes showing off his “Baller Status”? lol as far as i can tell he’s wearing a leather jacket i duno what else he’s wearing. last time i checked leather jackets aren’t that much of a status symbol in this day and age. something about the toen of this post bothers me. maybe its because it gives rise to comments like this

    Gunfighter Says:
    Unless I’m mistaken, it has yet to be determined whether or not the officers involved in that shooting were justified… correct?

    haha all of a sudden the shooters have more credibility than a dude murdered on his wedding day and the witnesses. all of a sudden the internal police inquiry into the justice of the shooting is something we should trust, take as the final word even. ok.

    maybe its because yall are the ones putting this in the spotlight. how many people went on this dudes myspace page before this article? if this shit gets on jimmy kimmel or something its probably because they saw the link over here, not the original myspace. everyone is so offended that he would misrepresent black people lke this, when youre the ones that are propagating the representation.

    and yeah i admit i haven’t been to the myspace page and dont have time for that shit, but just looking at the picture, it doesnt offend me that much. so he’s having some fun after his boy got blown away in front of him, honestly who are you to judge how someone deals with this kind of pain. i dont know the dude, but i’m glad he got some money out the whole thing at least. for real he may be in pain, and you guys are emailing him telling him to stop being a nigger, after his friend loses his life for being black. yeah, sad. as one of you put it. i have a problem with almost all these comments

    Black folks and their struggle for civil rights just took five steps backward.

    thats a little dramatic. i mean what are you talking about really? you think this one picture in particular is gonna make a lot of crackers racist out of the blue. especially when no ones seen it probably? this dude isnt creating racism, thats been around for a little while lol. yall feel the need to suggest that racism is based on intellect or logic, and its about time we rejected that notion.

  21. jzany Says:
    February 17th, 2007 at 9:03 pm

    Anytime situations like these happen I think all to often the educated persons that had invested the time into righting the situation feel “1 step forward 3 steps back”. Its pretty much a spit in the face of those who put an effort into helping.

  22. Lawrence Says:
    February 18th, 2007 at 8:26 pm

    JOE is 100% right – here’s the thing when i received the email i immediately got in contact with Trent’s handlers NOT everyone has been trained how to deal with their image. So if he was TAVIS SMILEY or HAROLD FORD yeah but he didnt know better not all of us are educated how to be in the public image. Whiter People have image consultants or cousins that will tell them to shut up so it appears they dont coon but as the last Nov 06 election showed there are plenty of WHITER PEOPLE who act a fool in front of the camera. BUT here is the thing the media is not focused in our community UNLESS we tell them like JOE says WE PROMOTE our own mess. I have a blog but i would never expose our faults what i DO try my best to do is CONFRONT our FAULTS and work towards changing the behavior! Thanks for allowing this conversation. LOVE and Peace Brothas. Be Blessed as you are!

  23. » Blog Archive » F*ckin Fool I Tell You Says:
    October 23rd, 2007 at 10:06 am

    [...] ruin something that needs the right publicity. This is the same situation all over. When we aired Trent Benefield nonsense we did it to show what mistakes one should not make. Where’s the tact and common [...]

  24. Adrian Says:
    January 6th, 2008 at 1:47 pm

    Sorry if this is controversial but weren’t all three of these guys convicted criminals? Hadn’t they all been arrested previously for possession of illegal fire arms? OK the cops used excessive force but can we really afford to get into a situation where cops are scared to shoot dangerous criminals for fear of being called racist? Sounds like an open invitation for criminals to take over, but maybe some people would be quite comfortable with that.

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