Chi-raqDVD - 2016
Chi-Raq is a modern day adaptation of the ancient Greek play 'Lysistrata' by Aristophanes. After the murder of a child by a stray bullet, a group of women led by Lysistrata organize against the on-going violence in Chicago's Southside creating a movement that challenges the nature of race, sex and violence in America and around the world.
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Chi-Raq (Demetrius): What y'all looking at? Time for you to do the same. Take the blame. Take the claim. Take it on the chin and confess your sins. Be a man and quit trying to suppress this pain you in. Hell of a mess, this gang you in. Sleepless nights. Too weak to fight. Couldn't reach us to teach us right. Our crying mothers. Our dying brothers. D and d, that's what they want us to be. Deaf and dumb. But you see, the only one we protecting is the gun. So run, nigga, run. I let it run out of me. 'Cause I'm finally free from all these demons. Finally, they leaving. Finally, I'm breathing. So bring the truth. Bring the truth. Bring the truth, brother.
Father Mike Continued: Downtown they say unemployment is 5.7%. How's that sound? Right here in Auburn Gresham, unemployment is 21%! And that doesn't even count people who have given up hope and stopped looking for work. The per capita income is $12,000! 42% of us live below the poverty line. 30% don't have a high school diploma. What America are they living in? Yes! We go from third-rate schools to first-class high-tech prisons. Mass incarceration is the new Jim crow! Our Patti is gone because gang members are more concerned with popping pills and popping bottles, more concerned with what's on YouTube! More concerned with ego, street cred, and greed than a human life. Patti's gone because
guns have become a part of America's wardrobe. Where it is easier to get a gun than a computer. Sirens and gunshots are our soundtrack. Yellow police tape, Teddy bears, t-shirts, balloons... These are the national memorials of our neighborhoods. And it doesn't look good.
Father Mike: ... The underground economy exists because banks and lending institutions rarely loan money to poor people. Is that right?... Their children, however, admire the thug life. But they do so from the safety of suburban Chicago! Kenilworth, wilmette, highland park. No, no, no, no. This gun wouldn't be caught dead there. This gun is the principal player in a reality TV urban murder show that can be seen every night at 5:00 and 10:00, every channel, on any news show you wanna watch. And that's when this gun... Met our child Patti. Patti. Patti is gone... Because our politicians are in the pocket of the national rifle association! They have become their mouthpieces or silent co-conspirators! Patti is gone...Because of an economy that has abandoned the poor.
So what you call all these shootings? Crime? Doing time? It's not just about Chicago. What about bodymore, murderland? Killa-delphia, city of brotherly murder? Bucktown... Brooklyn, New York. So many people getting shot, hospital's going broke. I mean, you got to get on the e-way. People dying en route. They can't even file a lawsuit. I mean, there still ain't no trauma centers here on the south side. There was a time in the summer when it got hot. Your child could go outside and play and not get shot. ...The U.S. spends money on the Iraqi people, to train them, govern them, help them build an economy... Billions and billions in dollars. The Afghan people, too. They don't do economic development like that here on the south side. See, Americans like war. They like guns. Fun and games? Ask the parents at Sandy hook. When they murder white babies and things don't change, saving black life is way out of range.
Now, I told you about the signifying monkey and rapped about shine, but this here tale of two cities is one of a kind. It all started with a gorgeous nubian sister. Baby so fine, she made George Zimmerman and Darren Wilson wanna kiss her. As tough as coffy and sexy as Foxy Brown. Hell, Beyoncé Knowles herself even had to bow down. They call her Lysistrata, a woman like no other. This chocolate brown sister was finer than a motherfxxker. She could put fear in a pit bull, made Bruce Lee flee, knocked out Frazier and Ali, then ran money Mayweather up a sycamore tree. With a mind like Einstein and a truly... Luscious behind, that gal put gap-goody hurting on all mankind.
The red wine has been drunk. The plan is now struck. Dolmedes must tell you fellas, y'all about to get punked. Lysistrata had them all take a solemn oath. Stop the murder madness or there would be no more pokes.
Welcome to Chi-Raq, the land of pain, misery, and strife. Folks, our windy city been filleted with a king-size butcher knife. Like a monster from outer space, the great state of "drillanois" has been hit by a murderous, big-ass "killeroid." And that's real shit, where the big moneymaker is the black suit undertaker. But don't pity our pain. Might ain't always right, ain't you heard? ... I was raised up in a pail of rusted nails, ran buck naked through golf ball-sized hail, was weaned on Thunderbird from my mama's titty. ...
-We've all lost people, too, many a sister and brother. Now, I'd like to see Cyclops and Chi put down that mess between the trojans and the greeks, but that day looks bleak ... What if we could devise a method to end the bloodshed?
-Yo, count on me. You need money? I'll pawn all the gold around my neck, then get turnt up till I'm a wreck.
Warning, though tried hard to pick out quotes with minor low-octane profanity but likely still offensive to some:
Woman: This is an emergency. This is an emergency.
Man: Homicides in Chicago, Illinois, have surpassed the death toll of American special forces in Iraq. Over 400 school-aged kids have been shot this year. On the weekend of July 4th, 2015, American independence day, 55 people were shot and wounded and 10 were murdered, including a seven-year-old boy. Where was their freedom? Where was their right to life, Liberty, and the pursuit of happiness? These overwhelming numbers of homicides are committed by young black males against young black males. Heaven help us all.
Malcolm X once said the best way to hide something from negroes is to put it in a book.
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