An phrase used by urban communities that was intended to keep the police out of neighborhood business. The phrase reminds those seeking the help of police that their tattling will result in a severe beating. Unfortunately, This phrase has become a large reason why urban communities remain riddled with violence and poverty.
A: "I'm going to call the police, my brother. I just saw so-and-so kill David."
B: "You really shouldn't, my Nubian friend. After all, snitches get stitches."
A: "You are correct. I'll adhere to that maxim and let this sort of activity go unreported and unpunished."