(AllHipHop News) Chicago rapper Twista is echoing the sentiments of fellow native Common, in calling for residents of the city to “wake up” before Donald Trump sends in the Feds.
Last week, President Trump threatened to send the Feds into Chicago if they didn’t fix the “horrible carnage” that was taking place in the city.
If Chicago doesn't fix the horrible "carnage" going on, 228 shootings in 2017 with 42 killings (up 24% from 2016), I will send in the Feds!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 25, 2017
In 2016, there were 4,331 shooting victims in the city, and 762 of those were fatal.
According to Twista, he’s not entirely opposed to Trump helping solve the violence in Chicago, he’s just opposed to using force to do it.
“I think us as Blacks we shouldn’t think that all White folks are bad, or all rich white people oppress us or come at us as one, but they don’t,” Twista explained. “Everybody has different views and I think he stands for the other views. That in some way we may be fearful that they may hurt us but in some ways they can possibly help us.”
Both of the rappers are nervous, because Donald Trump’s plan to send in federal troops to the city actually has some backing from Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
The Mayor told a city council meeting that he “welcomed the idea of a greater federal presence in the city.”
“A lot of the guns, you know, coming into Chicago come from out of state,” Emanuel said. “Federal entities are set up to deal with that. And they do. And they work with us.”
“We need after-school programs and money put back in the communities so that we can help ourselves not the National Guard coming in,” Twista explained. “You see what happens every time you have a martial law type of thing and you bring that type of mentality to the neighborhoods. It’s a bad experience every time, nobody would agree that that’s a good idea.
“I think it’s a problem we can moreso fix amongst ourselves, and I think it’s a big wake-up call for us to stand up and do things amongst ourselves,” Twista said.
Common echoed Twista’s sentiments in an interview last week in calling on the local residents to act before the government does.
“I feel like to help Chicago, we got to take care of our own. Within the community, we got to do things,” Common stated.
“It’s a lot of people out there already organizing and doing things,” Common continued. “We need our state and local people to do things. We don’t need that type of mentality.”