One of the most underrated hip hop groups of all time, Brand Nubian, made one of my favorite songs entitled “Punks Jump Up To Get Beat Down.” The antagonists in the song instigate a situation that leads to a violent resolution: a good ‘ol fashioned ass whooping administered by those that were minding their own business.
Unless you have been living under a rock for the past week and a half, I am sure you have heard about or seen the viral clip of a Cleveland bus driver (Artis Hughes) delivering a flawless fatality style uppercut to the jaw of a female passenger Shidea N. Lane. It was first reported that Lane was a teenager but after more information came out she is actually 25.
The clip doesn’t show what caused the altercation, only the argument where both of them can be seen cursing at each other like Quick and Vera from Harlem Nights. Seriously, the only thing missing was Lane telling the driver to” kiss my ass” and “bring ya ass n*gga, bring it on!”
Now, before getting into the “a man should never hit a female” argument, the clip shows Hughes and Lane arguing and her hitting him first before he gets out of the driver’s seat and gives her the $1.00 menu special. Afterwards, he is heard saying if she wants to act like a man, she can be treated like a man. Both Hughes and Lane are at fault and acted their shoe size and not their age and rather immaturely.
Every man, whether we wants to admit it or not, has been in a situation similar to this a time or 2 where the only thing stopping us from choking a bitch like Wayne Brady, is the fact that she is a woman. Some women take advantage of the fact that a halfway decent man won’t hit a woman by cursing at, spitting on and even hitting said halfway decent man because they know he isn’t going to do anything.
There were about a million other ways for Hughes to handle the situation rather than hitting Lane; like calling the police to have her removed from the bus, pulling over at the next stop to put Lane off the bus, or even asking another rider to help escort her off the bus. As a result of his actions, Hughes, who is a 22-year employee of the Regional Transit Authority in Cleveland, was suspended pending an investigation, putting his livelihood in jeopardy.
Yes, we men can cause more damage to a woman physically than a woman can cause us but, I was also taught to keep my hands to myself and to not hit someone and not expect a response.
So what say ye, men, have you ever been a situation like this and if so what did you do? Ladies, have you ever honestly hit a man first no matter how mad you were?