Books Over Bullets.
Both of these are actual programs designed to convince black people not to kill one another in cities in the United States of America.
One is Baltimore.
The other is Columbus, Georgia.
This is not a joke. [Beats Not Bullets program teaches students music production, ins-and-outs of music industry, Baltimore Sun, 8-5-17]:
Sade Alvarez-Gibson, 15, raps into a studio microphone in a makeshift booth made of blankets, while Oladele Kiambu, 17, records:
“Keeping my mind focused / I’m controlling my reality / My grind’s an everyday thing / It’s something that I do casually,” she raps.
Just feet away, Kamal Muhammad — wearing headphones and a face full of determination — sits in front of a computer monitor, rhythmically tapping on a keyboard, eliciting sounds of a synth and a drum kick.
“This is my first time making a beat,” the 12-year-old said proudly.
All three are hoping to break into the music business, and the music program Beats Not Bullets is a step in that direction.
Held at the Creative Alliance, the six-week summer internship program hosts around 10 students from the city and Baltimore County, teaching them the fundamentals of beat-making, music production and the ins and outs of the music business.
Damond Blue, the East Baltimore singer-songwriter and rapper who founded the program last year, said Beats Not Bullets gives children the chance to embark on a successful music career and to have a voice in their city.And what's Books Over Bullets? A program designed to convince blacks to pick up a book instead of picking up a gun and shooting other blacks (almost all violent crime in Columbus is committed by blacks). [Books Over Bullets program aims to curb community violence, Columbus Ledger-Enqurier, 8-4-17]:
In an effort to curb violence in the community, the West Central Chapter of the Police Benevolent Association will join a local educator in a program to hand out Books Over Bullets.
The PBA will join Randalette Williams , a local educator and philantropist, to distribute donated books and other reading materials. The materials will be presented at 10 a.m. Saturday, during a brief ceremony at the Columbus State University Police Department at the intersection of East Lindsey and College Drive.
Donated materials will be presented to local barbershops and beauty salons to promote reading, especially for youth.
You just have to laugh, right?
American Exceptionalism? No... further proof in its current iteration, America is irredeemable.