The rappers are trying to trying appease tension between the Bloods and Crips
Snoop Dogg and The Game took to the streets of Los Angeles yesterday (July 17), leading a peace rally with members of rival gangs the Bloods and Crips.
The rappers organised the rally, titled Time To Unite: United Hoods + Gangs Nation, as they lead the charge for social justice following the deaths of African-Americans Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, both fatally shot by police earlier this month.
The pair have also urged other activists to take peaceful action, following the deaths of five police officers in the sniper at a Black Lives Matter protest in Dallas.
We each have to take the initiative to create change within ourselves before we can ask anyone else to do so….. I am responsible for myself & I offer my hand to anybody from anywhere to shake it…… I LOVE ALL MY BROTHERS & I want you to LIVE homie….. If you feel the same way, reach out & extend your hand to someone & let’s alter our futures one person at a time !!!!! I signed it 1st……… The opportunity to save lives is yours too if you want it……. OUR CHILDRENS FUTURE IS AT STAKE #HUNTmovement #LosAngeles #JusticeOrElse #NationOfIslam #CityOfRefuge #UnitedInPeaceFoundation #TheWayToHappiness #Crip #Blood #Ese #CeaseFire #BlackAndBrownPride [TAG SOMEONE IN THIS POST & LET THEM SEE WE ARE TOGETHER & THEIR LIVES MATTER TO US AS WELL] & I WILL ASK EVERYONE BELOW THAT WILL COMMENT NEGATIVELY & HATE…. WHAT THE FUCK ARE “YOU” DOING TO HELP
Snoop Dogg and The Game asked for members of Los Angeles’ two most notorious gangs not to bring weapons to the rally or act violently. The event was also attended by the mayor of Los Angeles, Eric Garcetti, and religious leader Louis Farrakhan.
Following the rally, The Game posted a Bloods and Crips ‘cease fire agreement’ on Instagram, saying, “We each have to take the initiative to create change within ourselves before we can ask anyone else to do so….. I am responsible for myself & I offer my hand to anybody from anywhere to shake it…… I LOVE ALL MY BROTHERS & I want you to LIVE homie….. If you feel the same way, reach out & extend your hand to someone & let’s alter our futures one person at a time.” You can see the full post above.
The peace rally at the weekend isn’t the first action the pair have taken for social justice, after they lead a protest march to the Los Angeles Police Department’s headquarters earlier this month (July 8). In a post on Instagram, The Game wrote that the purpose of that protest was to “make the Californian government & its law branches aware that from today forward, we will be UNIFIED as minorities & we will no longer allow them to hunt us or be hunted by us !!!”