I woke up this morning with a heavy heart as I learned of the passing of the President of Poland. As I read through the morning headlines about the tragic plane crash, I didn’t notice the numerous emails and tweets that I had received overnight. Finally, after a small prayer for the people of Poland, I looked through my messages and was struck by one in particular which read,
“rape's not a joke use your influence to send a message of hope to victims. Rape should not be a trending topic”
Immediately I went on to twitter to check the trending topics and didn’t see anything as most of the topics were about Poland. As I dug deeper and searched for the word RAPE, my heart sunk upon finding the trending topic.
This morning I went into my closet and pulled out my bright orange jacket that reads “Peacekeeper” on the back. Russell (Simmons) and I are traveling to Trenton, New Jersey this afternoon to help launch the Peacekeeper Program in Trenton. The Peacekeeper initiative deters crime and violence by introducing a strong presence of community men into unstable neighborhoods to make streets safe for our women, children and seniors.
After a seven year old was GANG RAPED last week in Trenton there was no other city in America that we could get to quicker.
I wonder for all of those who played the silly game of trying to be cool on twitter would participate if that seven year old girl was your daughter or your sister or your cousin or your niece or your neighbor or maybe if she was just another girl in America whose life has been devastated by being so tragically violated.
But, nah, f*ck it, #ItAintRape.