A young London rapper has been criticised by anti-knife crime campaigners for making gang signs from his hospital bed while he was being treated for stab wounds. However, this photo is not of him but of another former gang member, Seydou Diarrassouba, here he is apparently, making the same gang signs.
As well as being a former gang member, Seydou Diarrassouba was an able young man, how do I know this? I had a conversation with a black teacher who helped educate him. This Nigerian lady, a former world national & international tennis player, an excellent mother whose daughter was at the time living & studying in Catalan, Spain, had this to say about Mr Diarrassouba.
‘He was a charming, personable young man with a lot of potential and a hard-working conscientious mother. Our only real concern was his poor attendance, he could easily have excelled academically. I’m shocked to hear about his death, it couldn’t possibly be a mistake, could it?’
A bright, hard-working young man who wound up trouser-less and bleeding out on Oxford High Street, with a medic fighting and failing to save his life. The trousers or rather the lack of them, seemed to play a major role in alot of the mocking, abusive, comments posted by his enemies on a YouTube clip of his death.
Comments that seemed to glory and gloat over the smartphone recording of his final moments. How it is possible to express so much venomous hatred over someone’s death I cannot say, I’d need to be a gang member myself to understand that.
Or perhaps I’d need to sit down & have a conversation with Rap Artist J Hus who has been slammed by activists who said “getting stabbed is not cool” and urged “influential people” not to use their platforms for negative messages.
The east London musician, who has appeared on BBC 1Xtra and been featured by DJ Tim Westwood, is followed by more than 30,000 people on Instagram and has nearly 19,000 Twitter followers.
A YouTube video of one of his tracks has been viewed 2.6 million times.
But last week he posed in his hospital bed making a “C” with his hands while medics treated him for stab wounds. The hand gesture is understood to be linked to gang culture in Canning Town.
With the caption “5 stab wounds could never stop me #AntiCh #F***DaOvaSide”, he posted the Instagram photograph to his thousands of fans.
It was later deleted but within 20 minutes had attracted nearly 1,400 likes, would the nurse who saved his life and treated his wounds have received that many likes had he posted that photo on his Instagram? I wonder.
A spokeswoman for the Ben Kinsella Trust, set up by his sister and EastEnders actress Brooke Kinsella following the 16-year-old’s 2008 murder, said: “Influential people need to use their large followings on social media in a positive way not as a platform for negative messages.
Knife crime campaigner Duwayne Brooks, who was with Stephen Lawrence the night he was murdered, said he was “disgusted” by the post before adding that deleting it later was “not good enough”.
“It’s clear he has a talent for music,” he said, “but rather than using that talent to inspire others, to help tackle gang culture and crime, he’s put up on his personal profile a picture that appears to encourage more gang violence.”
He added: “[Deleting the post is] not good enough. The fact that he felt happy to post that in the first place clearly shows that he’s in the wrong mindset.
“We do not want more youngsters dying on our streets. We do not want more families feeling that pain.”