"Absentee Fathers Leads To Violence In Black Community": Reggie Bush About The Hood And Nipsey's Murder

"Absentee Fathers Leads To Violence In Black Community": Reggie Bush About The Hood And Nipsey's Murder

In the light of the shooting of Grammy-nominated rapper Nipsey Hussle, the former NFL player spoke on a debate show.

The narrative of violence that surrounds the black community has claimed many lives. While some might have been for agenda or some suspect it would be a conspiracy, lives have been lost. The recent loss of Nipsey Hussle has been discussed with many perspectives, and the debate show Speak For Yourself was also one of the panels to do the same. 


In the aftermath of the murder of rapper Nipsey Hussle in Los Angeles earlier this month, FS1 had a panel discussion on the debate show Speak For Yourself, on how to reduce violence in the black community.
The panel consisted of Former NFL running back Reggie Bush, former NFL receiver Greg Jennings, ex-NBA star Stephen Jackson, and host Jason Whitlock, all African-American. 


Reggie Bush feels that a major reason for the problem of violence in black neighborhoods is the lack of fathers.
Considering the statistic that the Institute for Family Studies found- about 70% of black children were born out of wedlock in 2018, Bush's opinion does bear relevance. 


Bush opened up about the issue citing his own experience growing up without a father. 
“My real dad was not in my life while growing up,” Bush said. “The foundation of why I wanted to be so great on the football field was I wanted to make my dad jealous. That’s what led to this was resentment and aggression that I grew up with towards my real dad." He said. 


"And as I got older I realized my dad never had his dad in his life. My dad met his dad for the first time five years ago. My dad is 53-years-old. My biological grandfather, who I still haven’t met to this day, lived in L.A. this whole time,” He continued. 


Stephen Jackson, raised by a single mother in Port Arthur, Texas, feels another part of the problem is “jealousy." 
“Another thing (that causes violence) – just jealously and hate,” Jackson said. “How can you erase that? When you have so many people with the ‘crab in the bucket’ mentality; they don’t want to see you with it." 


"It’s a certain situation, they always say If you a successful you stay away from home, but as soon as you go home, you always get murdered. It happens like that a lot." 


Jackson also touches upon how jealousy and hate in the communities that is impossible to erase. He gave an example of how a successful individual from the black neighborhood would be envied. And how the person who thought they did not have the luck or the success would suffer from jealousy. Moreover, this natural disparity and perspective would make them question why did the other person deserve the opportunity and not them. 


Jackson still goes back to his old neighborhood, but not as much as he used to.

“I love the hood more than I’m afraid of the hood,” Jackson said. “Nothing can happen that will make me not go back, I love it that much. My brother died there, my grandmother died there, my dad died there. I will always go back because I’m not afraid to go back, but at the same time, I don’t go back as often, because I love my life, I value my life, I value being there for my kids.”

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