“Nevertheless, the hip-hop generation has seen its share of wars. Many young African American soldiers have served in one or more missions of the 1980s and 1990s, including the invasion of Grenada, the Persion Gulf War, and engagements in Somalia, Bosnia, and Kosovo. Inevitably, many of them struggle with the contradiction of fighting to secure democracy and free-market economics abroad, while they lack opportunities themselves at home and neglected Black communities in center cities remain likened to war zones. “I just can’t stop thinking about how all the money that we will be spent on this operation could be put into our communities, doing stuff to better our situation,” said Samuel Everett at the start of the U.S. military involvement in the peacekeeping mission in Bosnia in 1996, voicing a growing concern of hip-hop generationers who’ve enlisted in the military. “Everyone should know you gotta take care of home first.” (31)
can we please please please start talking about mental health issues? please?