This Detroit News columnist shares my contempt for black folks celebrating retardation and counter-productivity and self-destruction (pimping, fighting, gangstering, speaking illiteratly, dressing gangsterishly or whoreishly, etc.) and white folks embracing this celebration, cheering it on. But she thinks that "pimps have it easy." I assume that she might also think that selling drugs really is a way to make serious cash and "get out of the hood."
My best friend growing up, Vassar, was a drug dealer and -- breifly -- a pimp. I used to hang out with him while he was pimping and "slinging cane". I lived in his apt (I was a sophomore in college), and absolutely loved joining with him while he was with his pimp buddies. They lived a pathetic life, just like the drug dealers. A bunch of flash, a bunch of money in your pocket that (1) isn't all yours and (2) the portion of it that is yours constitutes all of your wealth (which isn't manifested as jewelry, clothes, and your car).
I agree that the bitches had it worse than the pimps. But the pimps's life wan't easy. It was horrible and led to nowhere. Nadir and my friend Andrew grew up in poverty, which Vassar did not. Andrew worked at school and is today much more wealthy than Vassar (or *ANY* of his drug-slinging or pimping buddies). He deeply regrets wasting his early years learning to sling cane and pimp. Any body who says that "drug dealing is one of the only ways out of the ghetto" is incorrect; actually, drug dealling is one of the surest ways to confine yourself to the ghetto... forever. You're better off selling your food stamps to buy lottery tickets.