The death of Michael Brown continues to loom in the air and remind
many Americans of the treatment received from law enforcement.
Celebrities from J. Cole to Nelly have expressed their feelings on being a black man in this society. Now, T.I. pens his emotions on the ordeal.
“America has created a monster,” T.I. writes. “We were brought to
this place, unaware of our own cultures, religion and traditions,
therefore, we created our own,” he continues. Truth talk.T.I. Writes:
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 and 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 and 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 and make excuses of why u
can’t do today what should have been done yester-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