I was watching a movie last night that raised a question about crime in our communities. In the movie, (forgot the name of it) a crime took place outside a corner store in a black community. The owner of the store was an elderly black man. He was upset that the teenager that got killed was a friend of the family and was a “good boy” that got into some trouble, so he gave a "tip" to the detectives to help solve the crime. The gang members that were involved in the crime found out that the old man "snitched" on them so they went back to kill him! Was it worth it? Rappers are advertising "Stop Snitching" on videos and t-shirts to continue the support of people who refuse to cooperate with authorities. Of course it would be tragic to end up like the old man did in this movie, but with crimes happening almost everyday in some neighborhoods how can we reduce the violence if people feel as if they are forced to turn the other cheek? Are people who keep their mouths closed when a crime happens in their neighborhood indirectly encouraging crime? Or are they right for not trusting cops and pretending like they didnt see anything to stay true to the code of the streets? Thoughts, comments?