In a perfect world, a person could wear any kind of color they liked and that would be just fine. Some dude wants to wear a pink shirt? Hey, it looks GOOD on you. Some young person wants to get all dressed up in red or blue and walk to a corner store in North Minneapolis? Just make sure the clothes are CLEAN. Hey, it's getting cold outside. Better put on your hoodie.
But it's not a perfect world. In fact...
...the colors red and blue are associated with gang affiliation. So are 5 pointed stars, and 6 pointed stars. Other symbols reference gang affiliation, too. You're either on one side, or you're on the other. So choose your ensemble carefully before you go out walking.
But riddle me this...
How is it that Kalvin White, who called himself and/or his musical group "40 The Prince," can be seen on Facebook posing in RED, wearing BLUE, and also using a 6-pointed star on what appears to be an album cover? These outfits are not chosen by accident.
I don't have an answer. At first I thought this guy might be affiliated with the "Moes" or Almighty P-Stone Nation. I don't think that anymore, not after I notice that prominent use of a 6-pointed star. But Moes wear RED. This guy Kalvin White is pictured wearing red, but also wearing BLUE.
In fact, he published a photo of his girlfriend (he called her his "boo") wearing BLUE.
Has Kalvin White been switching gang affiliations? No. That doesn't happen, at least not from one side of the great divide to the other.
Has he been trying to affiliate with both side? Well, I think that's closer to the truth, but here's my speculation...which I admit is speculation.
Kalvin was trying to make music for BOTH sides. He was using the colors and symbols of BOTH sides, as though reaching out to both sides.
Note the two "album cover" images above, one in red, one in blue.
Did this guy actually think warring street factions who, for example, shoot into a house and kill a 5-year-old child were going to say to one another, "Yeah, sure, we're killing each other, but we can all enjoy the music of 40 The Prince. He knows how to keep it REAL."
Incredibly, this seems to be something Kalvin White was thinking, as evidenced by the "matching album covers" above with a very deliberate use of a 6 pointed star.
So why is he dead? Is this a case of "pick a side, you can't be on both sides"" Was it the result of some kind of musical "diss?" Mistaken identity? Drunken gunplay during the music writing session and now nobody will open their mouth?
We wait for answers from the police and prosecutor. In the meantime, what this looks like is a guy who tried to be friendly to both sides in America's "red versus blue" gang divide.
And that guy is now dead.