I will only buy my drugs from Clarence Page. He is smoking the best dope on the planet – and I’ve got to get some. “European-American gangs had the decency to hide their shame.” How was this done – if at all? There are two scenarios. In the first instance, when gangs compete internally (power struggles/gang wars) or externally (intra-ethnic) for finite resources (territory, extortable businesses, etc.) body counts rise. In the second instance, during Prohibition when “white” gangs were required to conduct street level trafficking (during that era – operating a distillery or speak-easy) in a BANNED INTOXICANT/NARCOTIC, they built up tremendous body counts in the streets of New York, Chicago, and Boston. Why? Competing gangs were not operating with the partial protection of the police to shield their respective operations. Eventually, the police and politicians bought in – and then the law changed. They were doing what corporations do – aggressively trying to capture market share. Insurance companies pound the pavement and pass out flyers. Gangs pound the competition and pass out bullets – and the collateral damage is considerable. European-Americans are no longer in that phase of their economic life…but Black and Latino gangs are – and this looks an awful lot like a new Prohibition – except that instead of moralizers shutting their phat pie holes and ponying up two bucks (then, $15 now) to see a mob movie, they’re focusing on lyrics and videos. And these contradictions and distortions of the historical record are too much to bear.
Decent European-American gangsters like Joe Masseria, Salvatore Maranzano, “Lucky” Luciano, Carlo Gambino and others were choir boys compared to the niggahs out here in these mean streets. And didn’t James Cagney and Humphrey Bogart do more for bad guys than anyone else alive or dead?
Paul Castellano…shredded in front of Sparks Steak House.
Happy Valentine’s Day
I could keep digging for images, but that’s not the point. The point is that the resident doper on the Tribune staff has ascribed decency to pathology killers like Capone, Gravano, Gotti, Kuklinski and others. Clarence is far too soft to stand the company of these men – and they were not decent men. They were pathological killers who sought to profit from a life of terror. For Page and his editors, these men were a moral cut above hip-hop artists who use uncomfortable words. Didn’t Martin Scorcese just win a damn Oscar Award for depicting some rogue-ass, thuggish Irish phuks up in Boston? Wasn’t he celebrated for a lifetime of larger than life demonic characters? I guess the difference is that Italian and Sicilian kids didn’t actually join the mob after Martin made his movies. Black and Latino kids didn’t create STAGE PERSONALITIES with names like Gotti and Capone and Tony Montana and Scarface and The Don. This is a tangled web – and mere demonization will not release any of us from the ties that bind. If you don’t like it, you can always go back to Sicily or Italy or Ireland or wherever else you introduced gang banging to America’s ignorant, lazy, docile children of slaves who knew nothing of this murderous lifestyle until your arrival. Can’t have it both ways.
Besides, I can smell bullshit from clear across the country, and I have the decency to say so.