T.I Addresses Donald Trump On Behalf Of The Black Community


Scheduled to take over the White House in a few days, Donald Trump has faced lots of criticism with many doubting his ability to lead, while occupying the seat of the President of the United States. However, though he maybe President- Elect, Trump still finds himself accountable to many, with several sharing their hopes for the type of leader Trump will be.


Rapper Tip “T.I” Harris penned an open letter to Trump. In an  emotional, well-written letter, T.I. shared his ideas on how history has influenced the current racial tensions the United States is experiencing. Though T.I is known to be outspoken about many matters, his calm, cool and collected approach indicates he thought through his comments. His speech highlighted a thoughtful approach, giving Trump the benefit of the doubt. In many ways, T.I seemed to give Trump an education on the history of the nation and urged him to recognize the power of the seat of the president. The letter stated, “I can’t help but ask in the midst of our nation’s calamity and discord: What do you want US to see?”


The Grammy winner continued to write, ” We’ve helped to mold the arts and culture of this country, as well as help build, create and contribute to its greatness, in spite of it all. From an economic perspective, our community’s buying power is THE strongest of all consumers. Yet we’re shown repeatedly that our lives don’t matter as much as our dollars, let alone as that of a person of a different race or skin color.” Calling for equality and great leadership, T.I’s open letter is basically an alert to Trump informing him of his power to change the toxic state of the American society. He quoted Martin Luther King “Where there is darkness, crimes will be committed. The guilty one is not merely he who commits the crime but he who caused the darkness.”


In an open letter commending Obama for his achievements, T.I mentioned he was proud of the Obama legacy; hailing him as a man who changed a generation. T.I also had a few things to say about Trump. Mr. Harris shared his thoughts and heeded many against premature reactions, ” It’s time for me to sit back and observe, see what it will be like. I already have my own opinions, information, what I think it will be like. But that isn’t as important as the reality. I don’t have to talk about or wonder what it will be like. I will have to live through it. I don’t want to be presumptuous, I don’t want to be premature in my criticism.”




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