Atlanta pastor concerned about 'Trap House' popularity
ATLANTA - The Pink Trap House, a rental home used to promote rapper 2 Chainz's newest album, continues to draw more than its fair share of attention. In recent weeks, tons of folks have gathered to take photos outside of the Howell Mill Road home, but an Atlanta pastor is concerned about the attention it is getting.
"I promise you the last place you would want to be is inside a trap house," Greenforest Community Baptist Church Youth Pastor Al Hollie Jr said. "The last place you'd want relatives at is inside a trap house. The last place you'd want your children at is inside a trap house... because the damage it does is generational."
Hollie went to Facebook Sunday afternoon to explain why he has a problem with people going out and taking pictures in front of the house. Hollie said it has nothing to do with 2 Chainz, but everything to do with what a trap house really is.
"Much love to 2 Chainz, his movement and the culture, but if you're taking photos in front of a trap house you haven't seen the damage it can do to a community," Hollie said.
The damage Hollie refers to is a long list affecting families, relationships and the community.
"The damage I'm talking about is broken homes, taking family members from each other, kids being taken away, fathers going to prison, children being born addicted to drugs," Hollie said.
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Hollie witnessed firsthand the damage it can have on families. He says his father frequented trap houses when Hollie was a young boy.
"My father went to prison when I was five," Hollie said. "He still suffers from substance abuse."
As of Monday night, the Decatur pastor's video has more than 220,000 views on Facebook. Hollie hopes the narrative changes to finding ways of fixing the issues a trap house creates.
"If culture is glorifying something that's destroying communities, we need to choose community," Hollie said.
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