Tonight, WIBB listeners heard from members of the Macon community who are fed up with violence. They believe too much blame is placed on gangs, and not enough is placed on the truth.
It was an hour of honest conversation over the airwaves at tonight's Unity-and-Community show with Al Tillman.
Radio personality Tex James was a prominent voice in the open forum. He said a police record from his past labels him as a gang leader.
"Did we break crime no, did we do anything wrong no."
James says he was just part of a group of people who stuck together to get through everyday life. This misconception is one of the things aggravating the activists, and prompted them to speak their truth.
"The negativity is going to be any and everywhere. I mean whether you in the neighborhood, whether you in the cornerstore, whether you in the church, the negativity is going on everywhere. When you from where we're from, the perception and label you put on it makes it more, you know makes it even worse," says community activist, J.T. Mathis.
Most people who spoke out tonight said a lot of the crime committed in Macon is not necessarily gang related, but just stems from issues between different communities. They said, one way to break the cycle is through city leaders.
Mathis believes the city needs to come to the people who live in the community for advice before they can ever hope to fix the problems.