At the beginning of August, a bait truck filled with Nike and Christian Louboutin sneakers located in the Englewood neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois and became publicized via social media. The sting operation was executed by railroad company Norfolk Southern Railway in partnership with the Chicago Police Department and after public objection from local patrons in combination with the activist community, Norfolk Southern issued an official public apology and the burglary charges extended towards those who were caught during the operation were dropped. But that wasn’t enough for Vic Mensa and his SaveMoneySaveLife Foundation, who planned and executed a philanthropic giveaway entitled the Anti-Bait Truck charity event in response to luring teens and local Chicago youth into stealing sneakers.
This past Sunday, August 26th, Vic Mensa and his SaveMoneySaveLife crew gave away 15,000 pairs of sneakers in the neighborhood of West Englewood, Chicago to the spirited youth and parents of the community in which some attendees had been waiting since early that morning at approximately 6am. Four U-Haul trucks arrived dawning a wide variety of sneakers including leading brands like Nike, adidas, PUMA, Reebok, Vans, Under Armour, and more in all sizes and the giveaway began and ended successfully with refreshments and other alternative services being provided for those in attendance.
In regards to the footage that sparked this philanthropic and positive ‘Anti-Bait Truck’ response by the Roc Nation artist and his team, the general consensus that many were questioning is whether or not, placing a bait car/truck in an impoverished neighborhood was entrapment or not. Unfortunately, entrapment by law enforcement would require a direct bribe in which in this case, an open, stationary vehicle with merchandise openly visible for the taking is not considered to be entrapment.
Obviously, the Chicago Police Department was knowledgeable enough with their intent to place Nike and Christian Louboutin apparel in a predominately black and poverty-stricken area which is ok in hindsight but is this same police department performing sting operations in alternate communities utilizing opiates, prescription pills, drugs, and paraphernalia in accessible vehicles as well?
Hopefully, the exposed video footage of the youth’s vulnerability and choices are a lesson for all of us in the culture to educate ourselves and provide us with the economic means to not even be tempted by trivial material possessions.
There’s an unmistakable agenda being carried out to dismantle and destroy minority communities and we have the buying power and leadership in place to rebuild our foundation but, we fail to execute the necessary procedures to build an inter-community economic and educational base. Our lack of discipline and self-control is detrimental to our cause but fortunately, we have artists and philanthropists like Vic Mensa and his SaveMoneySaveLife Foundation providing us with a blueprint to follow on smaller scales that we can eventually build up to national and international movements to aid all of those affected by the African diaspora.
The choice is ours.
With that said, if you’re in the Chicago area and wish to participate in Mensa’s SaveMoneySaveLife Foundation, you can visit their website, here. Respect to Vic and his team for his Anti-Bait Truck efforts, we look forward to contributing to his cause in improving our overall living conditions and beginning our own initiatives to bring awareness, education, and economic growth/understanding to the hood.
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Yes!!!! What the Chicago Police meant for evil we turned around for good. Watch this video of yesterday’s shoe giveaway. Shout out to @savemoneysavelife & @vicmensa & @lgkeepseagle & @malcolmlondon & @anwarhadid and SOOOOO many volunteers for making this happen! //Video by @vinarfuso
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