The definition of unnecessary-ness
Say that we should protest just to get arrested
That goes against all my hustling ethics
A bunch of jail niggas say it's highly ineffective
Depart from Martin, connect on Malcolm X tip
Many people believe protesting is highly ineffective, you do all that protesting and in the end you end up getting arrested anyway (i.e. Civil Rights Protests, Occupy Movements etc). Lupe’s saying it goes against what he believes, because no hustler would go out trying to get arrested. Lupe doesn’t think that getting arrested is foolish, but he sees no point in getting arrested to send a message. You should try to get your message across and not worry about getting arrested. The only people who think that you should get thrown in jail just to prove a point are the people that already did that (the jail niggas).
Lupe then implores us to lean towards more aggressive self-defense, as advocated by Malcolm X rather than the non-violent resistance employed by Dr. King. While Dr. King did support non-violence, he also supported self-defense in the face of violence, and was a supporter of the 2nd amendment. He applied for an licence to carry, but was denied, most likely due to the times. .
The usage of “manifested” might allude to Manifest Destiny, which is the idea that the US is meant to rule from one coast of the American continent to the other.
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