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T.I.'s Open Letter About Ferguson And 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!!!

Clifford “T.I.” Harris
Rapper, Actor, CEO, Father

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  • hunterwo

    Now go make music promoting violence against the same people you defend in this article. A one page letter hardly makes up for a career of disparaging remakes about “your people”. We see you, TIP. We’re looking at you destroy your own culture from the inside. Trust me, we’re looking at you. True change comes from WITHIN. SMDH.

    • Jay Smith

      You know, I feel what you are saying. The black race, there is no support and the hate is at an all time high. Black on black I’m talking about. Now if songs are going to be made to support violence based on what is going on in St. Louis, that is foul ball and there should be no money made off killing our own people or people in general. To be honest, it makes me sick to my stomach when things like this occur. Things are backwards in this country and it has to stop. Let’s make some stop the violence songs. If you doubt me, listen to a song called, Self Destruction. This has been going on for many years. Things are just crazy, I pray things get better!!!

      • SBRon

        WORD!! “I never ever ran from the Ku Klux Klan, and I SHOULDN’T have to run from a black man!”

      • Jay Smith

        No doubt. Shit is crazy!!!

    • ladynamor

      You are so right. Here is a man with little or no education at all attempting to speak on what our community needs as if he is not one of the uneducated. He assumes his money and fame gives him the right to be a spokesman of some sort. All the while, he is the driving force behind a white girl that mocks black women with broken english and ebonic sentences. SMH

      • Focus on You

        At least he is supporting his children unlike so many men in this country. He did acknowledge that he is at fault to some degree.

      • ladynamor

        He just should. HE MADE THEM! He can afford it! He had children all over the place. Who else should take care of them? I am tired of men looking for a cookie for doing what they are supposed to do. Let’s be clear. I don’t involve myself in anyone’s personal life. It is his condescending attitude and manipulative ways that is so disgusting about him. He is a clown.

      • Focus on You

        You already involved yourself in this man’s personal life with all of your negative comments,for instance you stated; “Here is a man with little or no education,” that sounds like you care about his personal life to me. Stop being a hater.

      • ladynamor

        You mad? Would you prefer me to stay with the flock and be sheepish like you? What do you get out of defending this clown? That whole hater thing is so played out. Save that crap for someone who doesn’t know what you are so diligently “trying” to do. You are up trolling at 3 am in the morning for another man. Get a life and get off of this mans d!ck, unless you are on the payroll, or you are this clown. What kind of a person defends someone else’s life with such ferocity?

        I don’t care about what happens in his personal life. You make no sense at all. I care about the people who may be influenced by his feeble attempts at being “concerned” for the “commoners” as he so conveniently states in his arrogant tone.

        Question, why are you not attacking the man who made the original post? He says Tip is destroying his own culture. Is he a hater too? Why me? Your whole sh!t is suspect. Is it the white girl thing? Is it because I am a female? Nothing I said should have been targeted by anyone, its true. GTFOH troll!!!!!

      • timwest1000

        Be careful. You know Tip and the white girl say they in the “Murder Bizness” LMAO

      • Focus on You

        I’m up at 3 am because I just got off from my 2nd job. Get a life and get off this man’s dick with your hating ass. What kind of person hates on someone else’s life with such ferocity?

      • timwest1000

        He said something about education first. Tiny, Is that you?

      • Focus on You

        Don’t know what the hell you are talking about. Shekinah, is that you?

  • Jay Smith

    Let’s face it, Sean Bell, Trayvon Martin and Mike Brown, justice has not been served and I don’t see it happening for Mike Brown. Didn’t someone else get killed in Ferguson today, another black man? When does it stop. I’m all about justice, I don’t care what color you are, justice shouldn’t have a color. If you wrong, you wrong, you deserve to be punished. It’s a shame racism still plays a roll in what goes on in this country. Not using that as an excuse but come on now, something has to be done. But I have to educate my kids. What happened to Mike Brown and the others I named, that could have easily been me or now my son.

    • Troll_E_G

      Racism is the reason for the problem

      • Jay Smith

        Yup and racism will never go away.

  • ladynamor

    This man is a walking contradiction on so many levels. He has a lot of nerve. SMH Now let’s sit back and watch his troll squad defend him as if he is someone who stands for the black community.

    • hunterwo

      “8/19/14 – Eleven people were shot to death in homicides throughout Chicago LAST WEEK”. Where’s the outrage over this? Complete and utter contradiction.

      • Focus on You

        You are talking about 1 city Tip and Nelly are talking about a whole nation.

      • britishrose

        AND ? STATISTICS IN THE USA .THE average suicide is committe by a white male //… the average mass shooting is done by a white male /////// the average family suicidal killing is done by a white man …,,, the average case of POST TRAMATIC STRESS DISORDER ACCORDING TO THE VA HOSPITAL IS A WHITE MAN UNDER 45…… ,,, THE AVERAGE SERIAL KILLER IN THAT LAST 56 years in american has been a white male 2nd to white females .. ..,,,,… THE AVERAGE WIFE KILLER SUCH AS SCOTT PETERSON TYPE WAS COMMINTTED BY 99 PERCENT BY WHITE MALES DATING BACK FROM 1922//// //// the highest statistics of killings in america of black people not just black men is by a white cop ..,,,

        THE AVERAGE WHITE COP… is poorly educated and some didnt finish high school by 34% that inter the miltary have no high school diploma and come from the poor areas of american .. back woods of small towns like oklahoma ,texas , and atlanta. misssippi.. most are from single mothers and most had horrific relationships with fathers , most of their fathers were alcholics , and abused their mothers ,in front of them .. ….
        45 percent admitt to sell or doing drugs before going into the miltary, timothy mcviegh? comes to mind he admitted he sold meth and hated blacks . and the goverment .. lol does that answer your dam question .. SOUNDS LIKE ANGRY WHITE MAN SYNDROM TO ME

  • Dointer

    I think there are so many thin veils of deception that are covering the real issue here. Nelly spoke about change within communities, now T.I….. When ( in my own opinion) the problem is that Police are getting away WITHOUT punishment for killing african americans that are merely minding their own business.

    Every country and every race have people that live in poverty. Its an upsetting fact, but it always has been and always will be the case. To an extent yes, change can come through strength in the community, however the “REAL” change needs to come through an educated, enlightened and unbiased police academy….. Its not the communities fault that Sean Bell, Trayvon and now Mike Brown got shot…. Its the people who pulled the trigger.

  • You know I’m sooooooo sick of opportunist, what does T.I. have to gain? Nothing, he’s just as blind as the people in Ferguson, LOCAL or OUTSIDERS, doing all of the looting of their own properties and neighborhoods. See the media will spin it as white vs. black, or cops vs. blacks, but the face is evil does not know color, case and point, google search “Michael Bell” A WHITE MAN MURDERED BY A WHITE COP, ON CAMERA! Now, I’m not saying the pigs in Ferguson get’s a pass, nooooo, nooooo, no! Not by a long shot. But Mr. Clifford Harris, if you really want to “Help Black Communities” You don’t even have to venture far from your roots. People in Bankhead, Atlanta, act. YOUNG BLACK MEN IN PARTICULAR, are being slaughtered to the point where it’s not even news worthy, or even worth a CELEBRITY mentioning. No my friends, you want see Kanye in the middle of the street in Chicago with Michael Myers saying *Black People Don’t Like Black People” you want even see the natives and residents of Chicago marching or protesting the HUNDREDS bedding slaughtered on the streets of Chicago NIGHTLY! Al Opportunist Sharpton will not hold a press conference, Jesse Jackson want hold a press conference, HELL GOOD OL’ BARAK “THE CAESAR” OBAMA want even address it. Tell me something, why is there such an outcry IN ALL OF THE NEWS MEDIA OUTLETS WHEN A WHITE COP KILLS A BLACK YOUNG MAN, BUT BLACK MEN KILLING EACH OTHER ISN’T EVEN NEWS WORTHY? I’ll tell you why, divide and conquer. You see as long as they keep on spinning the racism card, the main focus is off of the bigger problem. YOU, AND YOUR CIVIL LIBERTIES. Keep on thinking it’s about race. Until there is march in the streets against THE GENOCIDE OF THE BLACK MAN, you can miss me with all that other B.S., EVIL IS NOT RACIST, EVIL WILL DESTROY WHITES, BLACKS, ASIANS, MEXICANS, AND ANYONE ELSE IN BETWEEN. YA’LL BETTER WAKE UP! THE RED PILL, AND THE BLUE PILL COMES FROM THE SAME MANUFACTURER.

    • britishrose

      NEW FLASH . YOU are dead wrong .. in the 1040s -1960 black men were not killing in their own neigborhood as they have in the last 30 years , we have no leader this is tru .. but cops took advantage of a weak link in our hoods .. we number one need black cops in our communities , that is not saying crime would have stopped but we wouldnt be the victims of all these post tramatic war veterans given a gun in one pocket an prozac in the other … you cant work at a day care center if you are pychotic on pychoic meds so why is the army covering the medical records of the hundreds of white men comeing from afghanastan applying for police jobs and getting place smack in the black neighborhood .. . racism , white supremist and bi polar meds do not mixx.. you can not convience me that more blacks have killed blacks than the police kill daily… and now that they are watche not one black will be killed until this mike brown protest dies over … and when it does the polcie better be prepared to place black cops in black naighbor hood .. you never heard of a black cop shooting no one in the back with no gun in the victims hands .. that have not happen . period that IS ALL THE PROOF ANY OF YOU DUMB ASSES NEED … I LIKE TO GO BY STATISTICS NOT GOSSIPP AND OPINION … looki in your city records if you dont believe me … google it …

      now on the point about black on black crime if your best friend slept with your wife and you kept the wife your gonna not trust the wife for a long time right ? ok compare that to black on black crime .. we know it exist but we have to move on and deal with saveing the ones we can … and ferguson gives us the platform to save many more lives .. cause black kids are listening to the fight … and seeing how important it is to come together ..

      this issue has nothing to do with what you claim it does … all whites know how to do is point out black on black crime .. so what we are not fighting a race war due to blac on black crime period ……….. this is about a young life taken unecessarily about a man who was gonna go to college and not be involved in no black on black crime.. he wanted to better himself cause if he didnt it wouldnt have been some cigarettes stole he would have walked in there with a gun and killed people .. he didnt want that he stole come cigarettes how much time in jail is that if caught 3 DAYS WITH NO WEAPON CHARGE A FINE …

      SO DOES THIS JUSTIFY WHY HE IS DEAD ? YOU HAVE LOST YOUR DAM MIND IF YOUR ANSWER IS YES … your a racist and you need counseling to… cause being on these blogs is not healthy for a racist .

  • Fosho3528

    Is a young black life only valuable when it’s taken by a white person? Black youths die at the hands of other black youths everyday at an alarming rate. Where are the tshirts, hoodies, Sharpton, Jackson, rallies, and protesters? Black people glorify killing each other in their music so commonly its pretty much desensitized. I don’t understand. I am white. I am a life long hip hop fan for 30 years. I am not a racist. These are just honest questions I have toward my fellow hip hop community. I mean no offense or disrespect. Only mature feedback please. Bullsh*t will not be acknowledged.

    • The Black Fist

      GTFOH! with that black on black crime bullshit comparison. We want these WHITE racist cowards held accountable for wearing a badge and basically have the RIGHT to kill young unarmed black men. thats the fucken difference.

      • I really don’t understand where your logic stems from. It is a clearly a hypocritical mindset that would lead you to believe that a few cop killings of unarmed black men holds more value than the hundreds of black men that other black men kill every year? This should not be addressed on a grander scale, than a dude that was robbing in his own neighborhood? Real black men would not stand for any of this bullshit in our communities in the first damn place!’

      • So it’s OK for a black man to kill another black man? Help me understand…

      • Black Adam

        This conversation IS NOT about black on black crime. What dont you understand about that?

      • But it has to be!!!!! it’s wrong what that pig did in Ferguson, but where is the emotion, and outcry and protest for black men killing black men. I’m from Texas, my wife is from Chicago, we went to visit her dad last summer, we stayed a week, from Sunday to Sunday, the first week-end alone, 72 BLACK MEN got murdered, and you mean to tell me your not fired up about that, you don’t want to protest about that! Guess who killed them, OTHER BLACK MEN! But you see the media wants to keep the race thing going, telling you it’s a race issue, but the fact of the matter is, the TARGET is and always has been the black man. Just as long as we keep dying, it doesn’t matter who kills us, but they want to get you fired up, so you’ll go and protest and FIGHT COPS WITH ROCKS AND COCKTAIL BOMBS, AND THEY HAVE M-16s, GUESS WHO GETS KILLED AGAIN, MORE BLACK MEN AND WOMEN!!! THINK BROTHER, LOOK AT THE BIGGER PICTURE…

      • Black Adam

        I hear you and trust me EVERYONE is outraged at what is going on in Chicago,La, Detroit, Indiana etc etc. It needs to stop. No doubt. My thing is you dont seem to understand that there IS an outcry about black on black crime and blacks and others have been fighting it for decades. Where the issue is with that is the media will not show the fight against black on black crime so it looks like no one cares. Thats bs we all care. We just dont have the resources to stop it. How do we stop it? Thats easy.

        Education and knowledge of self. Who and or what has stripped blacks of high standard education and knowledge of self?

      • I love you my brother…

      • Black Adam

        Likewise bro. Keep up with the topics. We need more intelligent convo amongst our ppl in public forums.

      • SBRon

        We can all take part in educating the youth on that tip, bruh…
        And believe me, I see plenty of articles on media websites (where most people get their news these days) with death toll figures from yet another multiple homicide weekend in Chicago, etc!! You can bet white folks read this, see how we don’t value our own lives, and use that to justify any and everything else that happens to us…

      • Black Adam

        I see the same. Pisses me off to be honest. We are on the same boat.

      • britishrose

        WE dont target each other if the goverment made dope legal and let us sell it … meaning weed in all cities all this shit would decease the goverment knows bout those drugs coming into this country if they let that happen why lock up black men for goverment crimes already committed by higher power ,some of the riches whites in america got there by trading dope from mexico black men are patseys set on the street to sell it ,because most cant afford to pay child supoort or pay a rent payment with a job at target… they need to stop allowing mexicans over here that are not legal taking all the factory and construction jobs .while the goverment knows exactly who hired them they want do any thing why causse if you lock them up you have to deport them and mexico takes forever to deport them back so what do we do , load um in a truck an drop um at the boarder . you can go on any paint site or construction site and see nothing but mexicans working a young black man cant get a job there they tell them they aint hiring in a minute .. .these are skin heads owning these big ass construction companies in major cities hiring 99 percent illegals and that is what blacks should march about …….
        no no crime in the black neighbor hood it wouldnt be there if black men had jobs and wasnt so dam depressed on the lack of opportunity a 13 year old boy learn early he aint got the same opportuniites as a white kid …. it starts in the mind if daddy is in jail for selling dope . .that kid is gonna go down that same road cause he learn early doors are closed to him and his kind … sad

      • Guest

        not only that we get time when kill each other, not ever has a black man walked free from a black on black crime

      • seekuwe

        exactly when there is black on black crime no one put on trail is walking free believe that… Mean while white man can be on camera killing a black person and get off scott free like it never even happen… so please kill yourself

    • SBRon

      I hear you, but did you read the tweets in the Talib joint on this site? A white boy amongst the crowd threw a water bottle at the police. Why? Agent provocateur as ol’ girl suspected? I’m sure you mean well, but most of your people have given us NO reason to trust you…

    • Corey Mac

      Oh, trust & believe the t-shirts & things are always there…don’t think we just care about our own whenever it’s only a white person involved, because that’s not true. The thing is that the media never shows it.

  • Troll_E_G

    Slavery is the reason for all of this. Without it, this will not be happening ….whites will not be in power n blacks will not be the worlds victim if it never existed but telling this truth will shake up the entire world so it will never get mainstream exposure unless blacks controlled a form of media

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  • Black Adam

    First off this conversation is not about black on black crime. That is a discussion for another time. Anyone harping on that is either lost, has little education on World and American history or has ulterior motives and is a deceiver. This conversation is about a Government and System that has systematically PUSHED and molded a people into some of the worst conditions known to man and then expects them to take the outright abuse, disrespect, and constant torment that is placed upon them. T.I. Nelly and 50 are not the greatest role models and often portray a negative stereotype but ANYONE who has been subject to police brutality and is a victim of hundreds of years of open AND covert oppression has the right to speak on the subject. T.I. is spot on.

    Good day.

    • I will be the first disagree brother. Black on black crime an black hatred must be addressed first and foremost before any changes will even begin, before any nation will take us seriously. What are we going to do? Fight the man and ourselves at the same damn time??

      • Black Adam

        Good. Discourse is always welcomed.Cause and effect. What is the cause of black on black crime brother? What is the ROOT cause? If you can answer that then you will see why situations like this HELP us to rally TOGETHER. I have to laugh. Ppl act like blacks have never been organized before. Tell me what happened to all the Black leaders that rallied the ppl together to fight THIS ROOT? I’ll WAIT.

      • Fosho3528

        Point made.

      • Fosho3528

        Now does it always have to take external forces to make internal changes?

      • Black Adam

        Not at all. Of course Blacks in America as a ppl have to stop the bs and come together AGAIN but if you follow history of any people you will always find that attacks from External forces have always rallied a group of ppl together. This is nothing new.

      • britishrose

        and we are coming together and that is why all the continueing protest exist remember what they did in selma alabama when black people came togehther they start hosing them .. you dont recall that right ? well they are doing the same thing now accept tthey are bringing in combat weapons and tanks just like the are taught to do in afghanistan …. the arabs are having a ahhah moment cause we come over there killing up the arabs kids wives and shit CNN DIRTY ASS DIDNT REPORT ALL THE CHILDREN US TROOP SHOT UP TRYING TO KILL THE AFGHAN MEN >>/?? DUDHHH SO pay back is a mother cause now they get to laugh at us no need for them destroy us we got the criminal back over here with their little tanks and guns … walking up and down the street scaring people …. obama was getting the troops from over there but he should have left their assses over there ,cause now the are deployed back her NO JOBS NO LIFE , NO WIFE STILL WIFE LEFT THEM WHILE THEY WERE OVER THERE AND THATS A LOT OF ANGER COMEING back from there .. and who hires them with post tramatic disorder ? you local sherriff thats who .. .
        perfect employees right already trained to feel no pity or pain for citizens paying taxes … they make peanuts in pay .. you can get better pay at lays potatoe chip factory than cops make .. not my problem .. . they need to stop hiring these low life hateful bitter ass cops period

      • At this point the cause of the black and black crime is on us. I understand the brainwashing and the loss of culture that we experienced. Even how we were pitted against each to gain prosperity in the slave days. but at this moment in time we are all grown ass men and your fathers were grown as men. these are decisions we made to continue and pass along this slave mentality since you want to use it as a crutch. Our black leaders we’re either killed or are in the penitentiary. What is the point of that question? Malcolm, martin, garvey,Newton. The civil rights generation gave up on our generation in my opinion if you want to place the blame some where. Now my question to you is, on a day to day basis who is your enemy, a black man or a white man?

      • Black Adam

        To answer your question color is not my enemy. Systems put in place are. Who put us in this mess is alrdy well documented. No need for me to harp on it. Slavery and its after effects are not a crutch. Its a reality.

        Some of us were able to have stable homes and educated parents that showed us a better way but a lot of blacks were not given that opportunity. This is whats plaguing our community. Lack of education and knowledge of self. If we had these two things intact we would have stayed together as a ppl but again we were systematically broken apart and now it has spun out of control. Im with you though. As a ppl blacks need to hold each other more accountable. This isnt what that convo is about though.

      • Casor_Greener

        Blacxk people need to get like jews and unite before asking for anything from the government

      • Black Adam

        No doubt.

      • britishrose

        and that was the purpose of killing our leaders to scare the rest of us into doing nothing about the escalating issue with white cops on the force .. sworn to protect instead using white surpremistist tactics on us .. since the civil rights days have we seen them come out in jeeps , combat geer, and grenades and bullets . heavey armour and dogs to scare a crowd of mostly young black men angry at a system that fail us and not them … its a race war right now .. and we say bring it on and they say come get it … and who wins ?/ no one there will be more blood shed , if obama had not moved in promptly the chief of police needs to be fired period he evolked a lot of this anger by employing the national guard as a scare tactic instead of deploying regular cops in tee shirts with police on the back that would have been sufficient . the chief is white man a scared racist white man .. trying to lead some scared ass cops who without the rest of the crew is pointless . they have to come in numbers so do we …

      • steven smith

        Legalize drugs and tax it. crime will mostly stop. its all about the drug trade. notice how the Italin mob stop fighting so much when alcohol was legalized.
        create jobs in the innercity this will help stop crime.
        get ride of all this white male cops from our neigborhoods.
        hire black cops born and raised in the hood

      • britishrose

        thats what i say to why should a white cop patrol a black neighborhood i dont want to hear this city taxes , dont allow shit city budget can do this and that , you can qualify more cops to get jobs .. that are black a lot of the black men who try for that job fail , the test either the written test or the field test .. they make it worst than boot camp .. and a lot of the black men look at the pay for the danger of the job and say no thanks … raise the pay and hire our people is what i say.. then crime will decrease colorado has less crime cause marajauana go legalized there , they need to do that in texas and detroilt and atlanta the heave drug arrest states .. .why cna brothers sell dope its all controlled by the mexicans over in mexico ..thats why we cant controll the borders cause that is how the drugs are getting over here .through mexicao and south america .. but yet white people can focus on a few black on black crimes … we still aint gonna stand for some snotty nose war veteran coming in our hood killing our kids for ignorant reasons !!!

      • bluelight74

        I agree completely with your statement. But it make me curious as to why you named yourself after a fictional mafia character.

      • britishrose

        right on .. we are fighting a monster that started back in the slavery days and escallated for hundreds of years we all will be here less than 90 years if we make it that far .. if you make it your only here to see a few more generations rallying in the streets for the same shit .. and we get tired of the fight .. like soldiers on a battle field get tired of bullets flying but you know you can still die . you just get tired of fighting a sensless war . and what whites dont get is we are not surrendering …moses fought for his people right >? so why should we be weak , all gods plan to see who we are and what we are willing to die for ,if you dont stand for something you will fall for anything .

  • Markus

    Unless you walk it, don’t talk it. You can’t call out the powers that be without first cleaning out your own closet. Personally I rather the current rap community sit this one out because the media waits with open arms every rapper who has questionable material they can dissect and use to justify what’s taken place and why. His heart is in the right place and I can appreciate the effort but it would be only a matter of time before what brought him to this point in time would be used against him and the culture he’s a part of.

    • britishrose

      there is a such thing as phrophecy its in the bible man speak the future man can speak the pass into the future .. a prophecy is somthing that was gonna happen anyway some times its time for things to happen in the order they do . we are living in the pass there is no such thing as a future . the pass is here to stay, we can alter it and fight for the cause but the pass will always repeat itself .. slavery never left america america left slavery malcolm x was sent to saw what ever he said martin luther to . . but the same thought of both men live today ,cause the pass repeats . so you aint saying shit we dont already know SO THATS WHAT PRAYER MEANS TO OVER COME THE HELL THAT YOU CANT ESCAPE TIL SOMEONE CLOSES THAT COFFIN ON YOUR FACE .. YOU CANT ESCAPE THE HELL MALCOM X martin luther , lincoln, nelson mandela , and many others are no longer here haveing to see or deal with the hell we dont even know we are in …. that is whats so ignorant about the whole world .. we dont even recognize hell

  • Thought Dog

    He makes some good points but it’s kinda irrelevant when his career has involved promoting drug dealing, pimping and throwing money at strippers. Before NWA came along you couldn’t go a month without a new song coming out talking about building communities or educating yourself. That shit almost never happens on a mainstream level in rap anymore. People have gotten so used to the negative images that the idea of anything positive being broadcast is laughable to em.

    • Skappie

      He admits ” Although I too am at fault to a degree and I admit that I may not have all da answers” but government has an obligation and responsibility to care for it constituency. T.I is an entertainer and is not paid using tax money. Police on the other hand are paid from tax money to “serve and protect” as you say in the States. But what do they do?

      • Thought Dog

        The problem is the government is paid for and voted in by the public. The public have a duty to be knowledgeable about how their country works through school and public figures. This sounds foolish to expect a public figure like T.I. to teach at the same time but he has voiced his opinion in support of Obama’s election and several issues Obama supports like Gay Marriage. At no point did T.I. say he doesn’t support any of the bills legalizing a militarized police force that were signed by Obama and Bush since T.I. was around back then as well. These entertainers are only around for stuff like this when it’s beneficial to their image. If he really wanted to stop police brutality then he should have spoken up a long time ago because everything they do is legal now with the bills that have been passed in the past 9 years.

      • Skappie

        Got you Dog

      • Guest

        theres not a lot he can do without the public pointing out his own criminal history …. the prostitute dont look right bring you to church okkk ti needs to keep his place , know his strength every one dnt like ti because of his crimainal pass he lost a lot of fans . .now he gets on tv with tiny tring to cean up the image he created .. he had plenty of money when he sold guns …

  • petey loc

    This is not about black on black or white on black its about equal rights for all! When black people kill black people they go to jail. Same thing should happen to these cops who are killing unarmed people in these streets once one of these punk police get life in jail like black people get when they kill other blacks they will start to value black life and think before they just shoot to kill!!!!! The revolution will be televised!

    • steven smith

      an eye for an eye. black lives are important too.

    • SBRon

      The revolution will be short & ugly as long as WE continue to do most of the dirty work for our oppressor!! No black male at home to protect our woman and children because an idiot with “Plantation Psychosis” has gunned him down!! One dead, one in prison…that’s a 2-for-1!!!

    • ZUBU

      Gill Scott Heron…… my brotha The Revolution will be telivised……

  • ccwaterbound32

    nah it aint about black on white WE WANNA GET PAID!!! WE WANNA GET PAID FOR 300 YEARS OF FREE LABOR!!!! PAY US OR DEAL WITH US IN THESE STREETS!!!

    • Jonathan Bacher

      there only one group of people that got paid bruh. the rich.
      ever heard of yeomen ?

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  • bisolabliss

    Great, yet another open letter, ok.

    Quote :
    “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”

    How many exactly that has access to a mass media platform has been doing what T.I. wrote above, including T.I. himself?

    This is what we’ve been complaining about in a nutshell; BRING THE PLIGHT OF YOUR PEOPLE TO EVERYONE’S ATTENTION VIA YOUR PLATFORM (WHATEVER THAT MAY BE) AND ADVOCATE CHANGE. And this applies to us all, every goddamn silly one of us.

    Whenever you get in the booth, don’t cook up some BS tales you ain’t involved in, speak on the ish happening to your people, heaven knows there’s enough material out there…whenever a camera and mic is thrust in your face in interviews or whatnot, speak on it. (God bless the dead. RIP 2Pac)

    But Kanye would rather speak about clothes than mention Chicago and he has this enormous platform to vent from. Y’all recall the furor he caused when he went after Bush because of Katrina? And don’t get me started on Jay and his never-ending ‘I’ve got half a billi’ mantra like he’s blind to what’s happening around him.

    Let the countdown begin until another Black youth gets popped by a racist cop in another town/city in America so another artist can get the chance to pen yet another open letter.

    Let’s not focus on mending the broken down Black family unit that would lead to a healthy appreciation of Black lives, so we would stop killing each other senselessly, which would ultimately lead to a united people on all fronts.

    These killings by racist individuals/cops are not randoms anymore, it’s becoming the norm.

    ‘We’ need to ACT and stop RE-ACTING.

    • SBRon

      Yeah, the whole “black people kill black people, white people kill white people” rhetoric needs to stop!! It’s being used as an excuse to continue the self-hatred & devaluing of fellow black lives. Those savages see the dysfunction and lack of unity so they don’t even think twice about gunning us down…

      • bisolabliss

        Preach!

        It’s become ever so easy to humiliate and kill us because we don’t seem to exhibit any sort of self respect for ourselves.

        They used to think twice in the era immediately following the Black civil movements because they knew the kind of heat that would follow but nowadays, it’s the in-thing to do: kill at least one young ni99a a month.

        They see us do it in superior numbers, so why not join in eh?

    • britishrose

      i say this too the rappers and celebrities like ignorant puff daddy need to watch what they say in this crisis cause i dont care how many open letters they open non of them took their millions and built any boys and girls facilities in those areas to give young men somthing to do .. and ferguson is layed back accept for the racist cops some didnt even grow up there , but they targeted ferguson cause its a black community of descent blacks not like the hood of dallas tx or detroit … like one man said from there there are no black cops and they had one cop keep showing up at the rallys trying to get peace NOT WORKING .. THEY SHOULD HAVE THOUGHT about hireing more than one black cop years ago if they want to turn this shit around get some black cops recrutite in this city right away in the next year., calm down racist tension by haveing black cops walk the beat in black neighbor hoods … for real …. crime is oviously low there cause if not they would have more than 52 cops on the force thats small in comparison .. to other cities .. they know how racist the cops are and now its an embarrassment to them . so they bring in the national guard rather than ,, the protestors identify one ofthe cop who harrassed them and do some head bashing …. so they had to bring in the army…. big time they had no choice on that one ..

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  • Dave

    Everybody that keeps making this into a race issue is just as much a part of the problem as racism itself. This is not a race issue, this is a human issue. We as human beings need to support other human beings and be disgusted at lives lost for no reason. There needs to be an outcry for senseless violence and death for everyone, and from everyone. Regardless of color, creed, or sexual orientation. We are all human beings, and until we stop screaming about the white cop that killed the black kid instead of the human life lost and the sadness that it brings, we will never be free.

    • You have valid points but to be quite honest racism and unfair treatment of blacks in Ferguson has been a problem for years, i know because I used to frequent those same Ferguson streets as a youngster and have firsthand knowledge of what’s happening there now and why. The Ferguson situation is indeed a racial issue and it cannot be denied or ignored any longer. Those people aren’t marching solely for the injustices done to Mike Brown, the issue stems from years and years of aggression and oppressive tactics by Ferguson PD. If you have never been there you wouldn’t know, my people know how they treat us out there. To all that don’t know Ferguson isn’t a high crime area by a long shot so why are we hounded by the people sworn to protect us daily? That’s why we are standing up at the moment because enough is enough, this is a full frontal balls in your face racial issue….no other way around it and it can be sugar coated…in all my years out there I have never been stopped by a black cop EVER, i have been stopped and harassed by the other side of law enforcement more than I can count and trust me they treat you lower than dirt and talk all kinds of crazy sht to u…I was a teen then also which made me honestly have a blatant hate for all law enforcement as an adult. There is no way to sugar coat this one bro and I’m sorry to kill your kumbaya spirit but this sht ain’t a fairy tale.

      • ZUBU

        My brotha you are speaking the total truth!

      • Folks wanna coat a sht sandwich wit sugar and caramel….they better get real…53 police on the force and only 3 of em are black…disparity between black and white arrests equals what? A racist ass police force, i ain’t ever once seen a black cop in Ferguson EVER!

      • Dave

        What I am speaking on is no fairy tale, and by you telling stories of racism doesn’t disprove my point in anyway, in fact it proves it. I in no way said that racism didn’t or doesn’t exist, I didn’t even say that this particular injustice wasn’t racist in and of itself. My point is simply that the longer that we draw lines in the sand by saying that we have to stop these racist acts we will continue to separate races and creeds. My point is that black people, white people, asian people, and everyone in between should all be upset. Not because a white cop killed a black kid, but because a human being killed another human being when it didn’t need to happen. We all need to stand together as a human race and keep police brutality from leading to situations like Ferguson. But do me a favor and save the “if you haven’t been there you wouldn’t know” rhetoric. You don’t need to have visited a specific place to know or understand injustice, we just don’t need to set the precedent of putting Jesse Jackson on television every time a black person is unfairly treated. We need to stand together as a race, a human race, and demand that our people aren’t killed due to injustice. But if you want to continue to provide you only being pulled over by white people ever as a comparison to a senseless act of violence on a teenager then feel free……Me, I think I’ll continue to stand, fight and try to build up the community without looting and setting shit on fire, because clearly that has been so helpful.

      • I dig what you saying and I agree but I wanna point out that only 3 cops on the entire Ferguson police force are black, i also wanna let you know that I have never Ever ever seen a black cop in Ferguson in my entire life whether as an adult or child. The disparity between black and white arrests or simply being pulled over and harassed can be attributed to one thing bruh. That area is nowhere near a high crime area compared to any other part of st.louis so why are our kind pulled over and harassed more? Blatantly racist cops with racist tactics man them folks out there ain’t just mad because they killed a young black kid man….that’s not the only reason we are mad….Ferguson has history

      • BIG MIKE SOMETHING SERIOUS

        Police Department are known for putting the Blk Cops in the suburb or Downtown area, because They give people Warning and don’t be writing tickets for every little infraction.

      • True but in regards to Ferguson it’s actually a working class/middle class suburb….Low crime area.

      • britishrose

        standing together is not all that is necessary at times , if they gonna fight us ., fight back pick your battle is what we mean .. they been harrassing and tormenting this citys blacks for years now its time for the whole police dept to shut down and re hire .. usually on any job if your caught harrassing someone your fired . how was these people suppose to report all the racist incidents knowing your family was gonna be targeted and ran outta town for telling the truth … a lot of police in that city is guilty of the harrassment ,illegal car stops and racial slurr black now report . but that is why the national guard was bought in so faces couldnt be pointed out … you see how they even hid out wilson the killer all to cover a history of racist behavior im sure the chief knew about ….. and if you ever lived in a small town everyone knows every one and the cops know most those black men by names but they no longer put thier own names on their uniforms when did that law get passed now if you ask a racist cop his name I PROMISE YOU THEY WILL NOT TELL YOU .. they will tell you you can call a sergeant … and thats it … and some dont do that .. they will put you in jail for a ticket you had not paid if you question them ….. its up to them so some people comply with the hatred .and pushing kicking ,, throwing to the gruound and beatings …. rodney king beating was the first time we saw how it actually happens .. .they killed so many men this way ….. im sorry but the man your addressing is right .. he lived there so he can give a better insight into the mind frame of the community …. but in your defense we all are aware it has to be a change somewhere and soon … not in the next 39 years … that police dept all police dept dont hire properely period

      • britishrose

        AND I RIDE WITH YOU .. I USE TO LIVE IN KANSAS CITY MO . THE COPS ARE the same there they harrass the blacks but never go out to the mostly white area of overland park ks .. to mess arounnd so many black men in kansas city missouri is in jail the prisons are full down there they got levenworth prison but yeh they got tons of other prisons around missour too. and in every family in kc there is at least one person in the pen .. thats 80 percent of black familys , young men selling crack and wett getting popped and send down for 10 years at 21 years of age pitiul get out of prison and kill or robb somebody cause the probation officer is demanding them to work while they have 3 kids to help with to .. which means they want make enough money to live no where but in their momas basement.. kansas city is way worst than ferguson and st louis has ist issues of white supremeist cops to …. nothing is gonna improve until they change the method of hiring cops .they need to hire more black cops … and put them jar head post tramatic sstess cops in the va hospital let them get the treatment most of them need .. do you know some are on medication from pschosis and depression and still pass the test and given a badge our gover ment covers that fact from us .. that should be a national outrage it self …. you cant get a job at a day care center if you have history of mental illness so why should the cops get to carry a gun …?????? that along should be a law passed to prohibit .. a lot of those racist attitudes come from .. years as a child of being told yor better than them darkies …. and who did it thier dam grandaddies born in the civil right era .. of course

      • 5% Hov

        CO F-ING SIGN

    • SBRon

      Dude, how is it a human issue and not a race issue when the oppressor views us as SUBhuman/animals?! I don’t know whether you’re white, black, or other…but I do know that I’ve had it it with people who want to “sugarcoat” the race issue!!

      • Read my post I told him that sht can’t even possibly be sugar coated…….

      • SBRon

        I’m hip! We were posting about the same time, bruh…

      • BIG MIKE SOMETHING SERIOUS

        Me Too!

    • youngplaya

      To deny Race is part of this American problem is crazy homie. I appreciate your point of view and agree to a certain point. But let’s call a spade a spade cuz. You don’t see these issues with white cops doing this over and over to whites because there is in fact a issue of race when it comes to “Some white folk” and black people…..To my black people unite and stop talking bad about each other. Educate yourselves and have class about how you live your life.

    • 5% Hov

      Cool story… so anyway have you lived in America?

  • Slaughtr

    If for a second you think this isn’t a race issue to some degree all you niggaz lost!

  • Slaughtr

    Good letter TI.

  • Equality

    When you say “this is a race issue” rather than an issue with humanity or a lack of equality, it helps to promote more racism to many people. Because the word racism triggers human emotions. Those emotions don’t necessarily guarantee positive action or outcome. It greatly allows those who can’t control themselves to lash out in the wrong way. More lives get destroyed. You can’t search for solution by being part of the problem.

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  • bluelight74

    Instead of writing useless open letters, rapping fake tales about guns and coke, and supporting fake white chics T.I needs to actually do something.

    One
    of the saddest lessons of history is this: If we’ve been bamboozled long
    enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. We’re no longer
    interested in finding out the truth. The bamboozle has captured us. It’s simply
    too painful to acknowledge, even to ourselves, that we’ve been taken. Once you
    give a charlatan power over you, you almost never get it back.” Carl Sagan

  • brotha_man

    quick to hop on a reality show. take the show to the stl and be about it, dont talk about it. my flight leaves in the morning!!!!

  • king

    Maybe just maybe this will be the case to pull black people together to unite and end the killing among each other…Create unity like during civil rights movement.

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  • if stupid ass niggers put as much time and effort into understanding politics and then Voting, as they did listening to these fcukin rappers these kinds of problems would be rare…

    • yeah, but that’s the kind of music your mom likes them to Fuk her too.

      • who is them????

      • Savimbi

        The stupid ass niggers you mentioned!!!!! I believe that’s the biggest fear in you white men, the thought of your submissive women getting pounded by black dicks and making black babies…it’s gotta suck doesn’t it??? having those inferior genes? probably why you guys have a bigger propensity to participate in incest…but it does make sense….Zeus the god of your civilization fucked his own daughter..haha white man you’re silly…you can only make other white babies with other whites LOL US niggers that’s a different story!!!! haha!!!!

    • britishrose

      not true we have hundred of black colleges where listening to rap music is not the highlight of the day … hundred of black men graduate yearly with honors and most get good jobs .. but gettting a job is not the problem .. its being denied opportuniites that skin heads illegal mexicans who listen to tejano music .. and white boys who watch to much danm x box and .. end up shooting up malls .. so what was adam lanza doing for the 13 years he was a pre teen ? before he shot up a whole school embarrassing the white race .. white man is angry our young black mens are smoking weed , and hanging in the hood and not killing children in school >?? is this how dumb you think . i can come back at you on as much dumb shit white men do daily .. all the serial killers in american history are 96 percent white ?? does that answer your question bout how unimporant rapp music and smoking weed is if brown was buying swisher sweets to role some wweed DUHH ITS LEGAL IN THE USA TO BUY WEED .. .HE WASNT SELLING WEED THAT DAY … and he didnt have a boom box on his arms .. so stop the dumb shit head talk YOU CANT WIN TO MANY INTELLIGENT BLACKS ON THIS BLOGG

      • i dont know what you are talking about…you mentioned college , but you surely did not attend!!!!! my point was to put the same passion and interest in the policies and politics that govern us all, as people seem to put into what rappers say and do….. it would make an enormous difference…..

      • Savimbi

        You obviously didn’t read his first few lines. back to your cave

      • i cant even reply to this incoherent bullshyt!!!!! get right with literature then try again homie!!

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  • Reazonero

    I think every father with sons should feel this way after what transpired in Ferguson.

  • Executive

    Father first.

  • Judah Nazayar

    ahh..takes down my comments for getting at TI and these coon ass rappers ..for their selling out. But we have all kinds of fuckery always posted on here. I think we gonn ahve to get house of consciousness and the israelites to focus and make videos about this site and the bullshit it lests slide,,and the shit they edit and take off. this is the same shit we did to worldstar..and that shit got a bad rap. let ahh keep deleting my videos..and i will unite israelite groups and house of consciousness to focus the attention on this site,..which regularly promotes black on black violence, twerkinga d a bunch of black destructive boolshit. U got one more time mothafucka.. u better ask The Brother Minister.. We already getting at Nation of islam.. u better cut the boolshit. these rap niggas sold out..thats plainand simple.. this site better not be ran by a bunch of white people..or we gotta get u outta here!!

    • 5% Hov

      “rap niggas” aint all one person.
      But I agree Tip need to shut his coon ass up.

  • Judah Nazayar

    thats right..Judah Nazura makes Videos. This shit will get the attention that it doesnt want. especially in this time.. keep deleting my comments..
    Cuz*was future cheating on ciara with stylist* is promoting boolshit…and has nothing to do with hiphop at all… blac chyna the stripper isnt hiphop either..that shit will tuen our children into zombies.. and whatever esau is trying to do..we ll put the spotlight on him

  • britishrose

    i can just imagine how stupid the black men sitting in the pen talking about this must be feeling . while they are sitting there with 3 meals and a cot wasting life away…. they are the ones that we have to fight for now .. they are the ones who need to be out here on the ground raising thier sons like real men. do , they are the ones who should feel let down by the system .,some of them did committ the crime and should not have and some are just plan ignorant and need to be locked up .. but some of them can be rehabilitated if some of these dam lieing celebrities with millians would start helping these men get jobs and bring businesses in the black communities . factories , barber schools ,,, construction schools train these men how to build houses , ,why not open up construction school so thesee guys can learn a trade .. . or plumbing school like beyonce opened up a beauty school why no millinairs open up schools for these young men to get trained .. i mean this is where its at …… we have to create jobs mexicans cant get … why all these mexicans got the construction jobs ?? cause to get in you have to have the training and white men know most black men dont have the knowledge to put in a toillet ,hang dry wall , or put up tile on floors . its a skill they have very few schools for and just like barber schools they need to open up construction site schools to train men how to get these jobs and then send them out for the jobs … period if they knew they had the opportunity they would take it ….

  • 5% Hov

    Apart from killer Mike and talib… these rappers need to shut tha F up.

    Aint no body wanna hear that from these attention seeing lames… where were they Last month when niggas got gunned down in the Chi?

    Stick to reality TV Tip….

  • T.I is no ones leader…This is the same dude that promotes violence, drugs and was ready to fight the police at a nightclub over non-sense. Change starts from within…You can’t preach “Stop the Violence” and then jump on the mic rapping about killing your own kind. #pissoff

    • Savimbi

      you obviously didn’t read the entire article ” Although I too am at fault to a degree and I admit that I may not have all da answers…”

  • Daniel son king seeer

    “Look at us. Rebels without a cause. Soldiers without a general. A lost
    generation. Ready For War. No strategy ” TI THE CAUSE IS TO $EE VALUE IN
    WHO WE ARE AND TAKE CONTROL OF ARE BRAND THE GENERAL IS NOT ONE PERSON
    ITS THE COLLECTIVE UPGRADE OF INFORMATION WEATHER ITS ACQUIRED FROM
    TRIAL & ERA OR SCHOLARSHIP AND THE ABILITY TO GET THE INFO TO THE
    PEOPLE [INTERNET MEDIA} A LOST GENERATION IS A GENERATION OF PEOPLE
    SATISFIED WITH LOSING THEY DON’T LOOK SATISFIED IN FERGUSON TO ME THE
    WAR IS TO BECOME MASTERS OF ARE DESTINY RULERS OF ARE COMMUNITY AN
    CONTROL ARE FUTURE BY SIMPLY CHOOSING THE WORLD WE WANT ARE KIDS TO
    INHERIT IN PUTTING IT IN PLACE THE STRATEGY IS TO GO TO WAR WITH THE
    WEAPON THERE IS KNOW ANSWER FOR ARE CULTURE & CREATIVITY THE
    STRATEGY IS TO LOOK IN THE MIRROR AND LOVE WHAT WE SEE AND THEN OWN WHAT
    WE SEE AND THEN $EE A BILLION YOU SEE WHITE LIKE SIGNS I SEE BLACK LIKE
    SIGNS YOU SEE WHITE EMOTICONS I SEE BLACK EMOTICONS YOU SEE ITS WAR
    LIKE WE IN BAGHDAD I $EE A GRAB BAG YOU SEE WE DON’T OWN NOTHING I SEE
    WE OWN IT ALL IF WE SPLIT THE MARKET YOU SEE IN THIS NEW WORLD OWNING
    AND SUPPORTING YOUR BRAND IS MAJOR JACKIE ROBINSON JUST TOLD BRANCH
    RICKY HE STAYING IN THE NEGRO LEAGUE HE ALREADY IN THE MAJORS YOU SEE
    COPS GET PAID MILEY CYRUS TO BUSY TWERKIN TO SHOOT YOU SO I ASK WHO IS
    THE MOST EMULATED WHO IS THE MOST FLY IN HIDDEN COLORS THEY SAID THAT
    DRUGS BIND TO ARE DNA FASTER N HARDER SO F***IT WHO IS THE MOST HIGH SO
    IF YOU SUPPORTING ANOTHER BRAND I DON’T +
    $EE WHY ?

  • Daniel son king seeer

    brand up

  • Lori Toupal

    “Our fathers, uncles, brothers and role models were killed and imprisoned more often than educated” (because of their actions. imprisoned – killed most often by other Black men). “Blatantly disrespected” – Black man in the White House and another in control of our legal system.”Recently enslaved” – 149 years ago and nearly 40 years since the Civil Rights Act (359,000+ Union soldiers died to end slavery). “Presently oppressed race” – multiple government programs, grants, special accommodations intended ONLY for Blacks.

    Until Blacks stop seeing themselves as helpless victims and realize that they are responsible for their own homes, families, communities and personal lives, no progress will ever be made. TI is rich and famous and he still sees himself as downtrodden. Time to grow up and stop blaming the world for the breakdown of the Black family and the “thug” culture that destroys so many young Black lives (TI can thank himself for some of that – his music glorifies it).

    • The entitlement programs *are* the oppression. They were designed by the evil but brilliant LBJ to “take care of them uppity n***rs”, and he bragged, “I’ll have them n***rs voting democrat for the next 200 years.” The black family survived slavery and Jim Crow, but has been destroyed by affirmative action and perverse welfare incentives. “We’ll pay for all your basic needs, but you can’t have a man in the house.”

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