Common Rejects Trump’s ‘Feds to Chicago’ Warning: ‘We Don’t Need That Mentality’
When many in the U.S.talk about gun violence and the myth of so-called "black-on-black crime" (whites kill one another at virtually the same rate), they often use Chicago as an example, since the high homicide rate in that city has been a topic of national discussion.
In some of those conversations, there have been lawmakers and politicians that have used Chicago's problems as talking points to get votes or to pass questionable laws. In fact, earlier this week, Donald Trump said if the murder rate doesn't go down in that city he'll take drastic measures and call in for extra help.
"If Chicago doesn't fix the horrible carnage going on, 228 shootings in 2017 with 42 killings ... I will send in the feds," he tweeted.
Soon after, Common, who's been doing his part for years to help the city, said local activists and those in the community need to solve the problem, not Trump.
"I feel to help Chicago, we gotta take care of our own," he told TMZ. "Within the community, we gotta do things. There's a lot of people out there already organizing and doing things. We need our state, local people to do things. We don't need that mentality, so I'm not focused on the President right now. I'm focused on helping the people in the city, and how we can do it."
Besides Common, Twista also responded to Trump's threat since he's a Chicago native as well.
"Thanks but no thanks," he wrote. "We can take care of our own city."
Of course, given Trump's previous comments during his campaign run about bringing back stop-and-frisk, his comments aren't easily dismissed, and in fact, have many people afraid that if followed through, this could be the beginning stages of invoking a police state.
At any rate, take a look at the video above.