In the world today, children are born in many different situations. Everyday a child is born in poverty and surrounded by depression. These children usually do not have the same opportunities as children born in more positive situations. So these children have to find a way to motivate themselves to change their position in society. This motivation usually comes with determination, fight, and heart. They need to have determination and drive to change their way of life, and the fight and heart to keep trying when others try to hold them back.
For most young adults today, that determination, fight, and heart comes in the form of a ‘fuck it’ attitude. They feel that it is they against the world, and that they cannot trust anyone. So they have to look out for themselves and do what benefits them regardless of how it affects others. These young adults use this ‘fuck it’ attitude as motivation to prove to the world that they can make it (out of the ghetto) without help from anyone. And for that reason alone, no one can judge them for what they say or do. But this ‘fuck it’ attitude is usually a dangerous cycle.
It causes actions that seem productive at first but eventually prove to be disastrous. The life of Tupac, the character Bishop in the movie Juice, and the character Tommy in the movie Belly are all perfect examples of this. In all three examples the person rebels against their current environment and does whatever it takes to change that environment. But once out, the person becomes obsessed with it’s new found power to change their environment and self-destructs. In the article “The Politics of ‘Fuck It’ and the Passion to Be a Free Black,” Esther Iverem discusses the concept of the ‘fuck it’ attitude.
Iverem writes that the rapper Tupac Shakur lived his life with the ‘fuck it’ attitude. She opens the article with her perception that “If you spent any time at all around Tupac, you saw how easily he let a raised middle finger lead him through the world. ” (Iverem, 41) It was apparent that Tupac did what he pleased and if people did not like it he responded with “fuck you too. ” This ‘fuck it’ (or fuck you) attitude led to power and power was like a drug for Tupac. The more he felt he could get away with the more he did. Eventually, Tupac began to feel as though he could not be touched.
And if he could by some miracle be harmed, he would recover and still be on top of his game. Iverem gives an example of this in a discussion with Tupac: “People say, ‘you got shot and survived. ‘ And then he (Tupac) says, ‘Yeah I’m bad. I’ll keep doing it! ‘” (Iverem, 44) It was his belief in his own immortality that caused Tupac’s self-destruction. This attitude, according to Iverem, is what led Tupac to his fatal end. People expect to be treated like human beings. So you cannot expect to go through life telling people to kiss your behind, and not suffer the consequences.
Just like Tupac, everyone demands respect and when they do not get that they will retaliate in some way or form. In Tupac’s case they retaliated by taking his life. No, it does not seem like an equal trade off, but if Tupac did not care, why should anyone else. Basically, Tupac’s ‘fuck it’ attitude was a sign that he did not care or respect anything other then him. And because he did not care, he did not worry about the consequences of his actions. He felt he had the power of immortality. It was that false sense of immortality that caused his self-destruction.
Despite what Tupac thought, he was in deed mortal. So in the words of Iverem, “You may easily say fuck it to the world. But all that means is, sooner or later you’ll wind up fucked yourself. ” (Iverem, 47) During Tupac’s prime many directors felt that Tupac’s ‘fuck it’ attitude was exactly what they need to make their movie a success. Before his death in 1996, Tupac appeared in several movies. One in particular was Juice directed by Ernest Dickerson. In Juice, Tupac played the character of Bishop, a crazed young man who winds up shooting his friends.
Bishop is a young high school drop out from New York who has the ‘fuck it’ attitude. One example of Bishop’s ‘fuck it’ attitude was in Steel’s house when he proclaims to the rest of the crew that he is sick of running from everybody. He explains to them that, “you have to be ready to throw down, stand up, and die for that shit like Blizzard did if you want some juice (respect). ” Bishop believes that you have to take respect. If you do not demand it, you won’t get it. For him, life is not worth living without respect. When Bishop looks at his father, he has pity for him, but no respect.
And he refuses to end up like his father. He doesn’t really see away out (of the ghetto), but he feels that the only way to survive in the ghetto is by demanding respect even if it means dying for it. Bishop is different from the others: Q, Raheem, and Steel. He is different because he doesn’t want out. He has already given up on trying to get out of the ghetto. What Bishop wants is to have power or respect in the ghetto. And he knows that no one will respect him if he shows his fear or pain. So he never shows his true emotions, even when he shots one of his best friends: Raheem.
After Bishop shots Raheem, he tells Steel not to cry, and that its Raheem’s fault that he was shot. He regrets shooting Raheem, but feels like he had to do it, because Raheem did not respect that fact that he had the gun and the power at that moment. And once Bishop realized how much Steel feared him, he liked it. Because of that fear he knew he could make Steel do what ever he wanted him too. Dickerson helps to intensify the sense of fear in the movie by putting Bishop only in shots by himself. After the shooting you never see Bishop with anyone.
When he is talking, you see a shot of him standing alone. This is because Bishop has separated himself from his friends. He no longer has any friends; he is alone. Even when his having conversations with other people, Dickerson never shows them in the same shot. He show’s Bishop talking by himself, and the other person in the scene talking by himself. This shows the gap that developed between them and Bishop after Raheem is shot. The gap remains even though Bishop tries to threaten Q and Steel by telling them that if he goes down the whole crew goes down.