T.I. addresses the situation in two separate online posts. One directed to America and a second directed to ‘his people’.
Read them both below…
T.I.’s ‘Open Letter to America’
Look at us….America has created a monster. The result of ignoring & mishandling an already fragile spirited, recently enslaved, presently oppressed race/generation of people. Look at us. We’re the monster that now refuses to be dismissed, overlooked and ignored. We were brought to this place, unaware of our own cultures, religion & traditions therefore, we created our own. Now look at us.
For years we’ve been crying out for the nation to address the substandard education systems & disparaging treatment of our citizens in communities across America. Our people have had an increasing lack of opportunities for generations. There have been homes broken, lives shattered and futures lost on your watch….unanswered. Look at us. How long can u expect a nation/race/generation of people to be blatantly disrespected? Spoken to and treated with arrogant tones of insignificance. Our fathers, uncles, brothers and role models were killed and imprisoned more often than educated. Now look at us. Our friends and relatives murdered and cast aside without thought, as though your human life is more valuable than ours. How long can that go on without consequence? Now Look at us.
How long can u continue to pass the buck & make excuses of why u can’t do today what should have been done yeste-year? Although I DO NOT support the negative responses & actions of my people in light of this tragedy….I WILL NOT condone your lack of effort to show any urgency to improve the treatment of our people, nor the living conditions in our communities. Your refusal to address these life altering issues makes events such as these seem inevitable. Although I too am at fault to a degree and I admit that I may not have all da answers… I do have a fun fact for you. Insanity is…Going about things the same way, expecting a different result. U wanna different result? U must take different action. What else do u expect? Look at us!!!”
Tip followed up his ‘open letter to America’ with an separate open letter to ‘his people’…
Look at us. Rebels without a cause. Soldiers without a general. A lost generation. Ready For War. No strategy…no training. Armed only with our grief, aggravation and passionate disdain for our treatment in America. Sick and tired of everything…especially ourselves. We’d rather use the tragedies of our environment as an excuse to act-out, go-off, or turn-up, rather than use our education, talents and future opportunities to get-out, speak-up and make-a-change.
Look at us…Too Enraged to sit around and do nothing. But Too Entrapped in da cycle of vengeance/hostility to do anything WORTH doing. Look at us. So upset with our conditions that we’ve gone into “F***-it” mode… “F***-the-world” “F**-the-Police” and even “F***” the wishes and requests of a grieving mother, father, family who lost a son…who’s memory they would NOT like to see tarnished by OUR negative ACTIONS/DECISIONS. Naaah G, that ain’t the code, this ain’t da way.
Notice I say, ‘Look at US.’ Because make no mistake now…. I AM ONE OF YOU!!!! My life experience, execution of talent/opportunity, and use of education are the only things that separate US. I TOO know what it’s like to be stereotyped, profiled, and feel hopelessly stuck in unbearable conditions with no signs of prosperity. I’m just as enraged, frustrated and overwhelmed with despair as everyone else. I just refuse to take any action that will contribute to any outcome other than change (for the better).
Look at us. We’re giving them every excuse and justifying all action necessary taken against us. We’re making it easier for the young black man in America to be just as excusably profiled as a middle-eastern man in an airport (no offense).
When faced with opposition, we must take what our opponent gives us, not fight against them using their strengths. All action taken MUST contribute to a more desired outcome. What I see us doing is just as futile as swinging wildly into the wind, waiting on the air to get tired. One question to MY PEOPLE: What are we changing…Really?
Look at us. Destroying our own community, but continuing to spend money in theirs. Refusing education…revolving in the same cycle of ignorance instead of evolving out of it. I must admit that I TOO am disgusted wit America’s treatment. I TOO demand change. But Goddddaaaaamn man…. Look at us!!!!! Although I too am at fault to a degree and I admit that I may not have all da answers… I do have a fun fact for you. Insanity is…Going about things the same way, expecting a different result. U wanna different result? U must take different action. What else do u expect? Look at us!!!