Vic Mensa wrote a thoughtful Instagram post Saturday simultaneously remembering Chicago rapper Fredo Santana's life, while also taking the time to explore how systematic racism, community disenfranchisement and ensuing violence in Chicago may have contributed to Santana's untimely and early death.
Santana died from a fatal seizure Friday evening, according to early reports from TMZ. He was 27 years old. A public statement on his death from his team and family has not yet been released.
While taking time to remember Santana's accomplishments and growth in just the past few years, Mensa, a fellow Chicago rapper, writes that "[Santana] spoke about his drug use and trying to escape the PTSD he had from growing up in the hood, surrounded by violence." Calling it "post traumatic streets disorder," Mensa urgently writes that we "need to evaluate the conditions in our communities that raise young black men with more psychological issues than they can ever really unpack." He ends by powerfully stating "we have to diagnose the system, not the symptoms."
Mensa joins a growing number of rappers and artists memorializing Santana's life and contributions on social media. Mensa's full Instagram caption is pasted below: