On day of darkness, Snoop Dogg et al. provide a ray of light

In Los Angeles today, men of color held a march to protest recent police killings and “reintroduce” the community to the police.

Rappers The Game (real name: Jayceon Terrell Taylor), and Snoop Dogg (Cordozar Calvin Broadus, Jr.) and comedian Richie Loco said they wanted to send a message that people of color are unified.

They didn’t know at the time, according to the Los Angeles Times, that a police recruit ceremony was going on at the same time.

That coincidence worked out well.

“I would be lying to you if I didn’t say I was saddened by what happened in Dallas,” The Game said. “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.”

A police barricade kept the group from the recruits, but police commanders met with the protesters after the ceremony and the two “sides” held a joint news conference.

“America needs to wake up and realize where this is going,” one marcher said. “This thing is escalating, and at the end of the day, it ain’t going to be safe for me or safe for you. Everyone is thinking they are safe behind their keyboards and that a hashtag means something. But a hashtag or a keyboard aren’t going to save you once it goes that route and gets violent.”

“This is how you make moves,” Snoop said.

  • wjc

    Preach, Snoop!

  • PaulJ

    What is the marcher’s message is when he/she says “gets violent”?

    • His message is that the current situation is leading to more violence and that people who incite it from the safety of twitter are still going to feel its impact.

  • Al

    This is good. I like this.

  • Kassie

    Why call out The Game’s real name, but not Snoop Dogg’s?

    • Game bias

    • Jeff C.

      Hunh? They list Snoop’s real name. But why not Richie Loco’s?

  • Gary F

    I love the hashtag quote at the end of the article. I’m so tired of hashtag advocacy/outrage. Nice job by Snoop and the others taking the lead on this.

  • Angry Jonny

    Snoop was part of a “joint conference”.

    Heh.