Are You a “Snitch”?

A couple of days ago, I shared my sympathy for the family and friends of 19-year-old Nolan Ryan Henderson, III, who was shot and killed early Sunday morning at The Palisades Apartments in Jackson, Miss.

I have kept silence on this case for a number of reasons, the main reason being I don’t know all the facts. I don’t know enough information to form an opinion about what happened. My mama always told me “if you don’t know what you’re talking about, just be quiet.” This morning, I read a story from The Clarion Ledger stating that the case is basically stalled because no witnesses have come forward to help with the investigation. This code of silence is simple…it’s a message we’ve all heard over and over again…”Stop Snitching.”

In case you didn’t know, Stop Snitching is actually a movement. Around 2004, there was a DVD released calling out people who gave/give information to police regarding crimes. Those people would then have some type of violent act happen to them as a punishment. This movement has taken a life of its own and in some cases has gotten out of hand. Anyone remember Camron’s interview about snitching?

Unfortunately in Henderson’s case, his death will remain a mix of speculation and pointing the finger until someone steps forward.

It’s amazing how in one breath people criticize others for telling what they saw and in the next, begging for someone to come forward.

I’d be a snitch for justice. There’s no way I could know what happened, hear the pain in his family’s voice, and not say anything. You would want someone to speak up for you, right?

I pray that this case is solved and that we all stop hindering justice for fear of being called a snitch.

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