Tuesday, January 10, 2017

T.I. Writes OPEN LETTER To President BARACK OBAMA!!!

Not one to claim the tile of POLITICIAN, ATLANTA Rapper/Actor CLIFFORD T.I., or; T.I.P. has also not one to hold his tongue when comes to issues which would have him to wade into the waters of deep controversy!!!

This past year has inspired the native ATLien to pen a series of open letters to President BARACK OBAMA, President-Elect DONALD TRUMP, and to The UNITED STATES Of AMERICA as an entire entity.

The NEW YORK TIMES  reports that he released an EP, US Or ELSE, and then a full-length album, US Or ELSE: LETTER To The SYSTEM, that directly addressed police brutality.

Here are some  NEW YORK TIMES interview interludes:

What do you hope to accomplish through these letters?
My first purpose is to communicate and share my thoughts and try to be a voice for the people who may be thinking of something to say but, for some reason, may not be able to say it or not have the platform to say it. Using my platform to be a voice for those who can’t speak for themselves.
Do you think Obama’s impact was mostly symbolic, or were there tangible accomplishments, especially for black people?
First and foremost was the symbolic message, saying that whatever you are, whatever color your skin is, you don’t have to be a white man to be president. Obama opened the door to show it can happen, it can be done, your efforts can be paid off in a very, very large capacity as long as you continue to work and educate yourself and take the necessary steps. That’s immeasurable.
Courtesy of the really good people at the NEW YORK TIMES, here is the full text of T.I. Writes OPEN LETTER To President BARACK OBAMA:

“You entered humbly into our worlds from the streets of the South Side of Chicago and galvanized a generation. You resonated from the barbershops to the airwaves to the streets of every hood across America. Many of US did not know your name, nor did we truly understand the impact you would have on the world in the years, months and days that followed.
“As I reflect, I am filled with gratitude, outrage, grief, anger, humility and appreciation, both for the things you helped bring to light and the many things we still have yet to realize.
“For years you fought to keep this nation from the very thing we have now become.
“For years, many of US failed you because, as I’ve said before, we were not all ready for the change you wanted to bring about.
“But rest assured that we heard you. Rest assured that we felt you and rest assured that your legacy will live on long after your presidency.
“Not only did you impact a nation, but you defined a culture and you shook up and woke up a generation.
“A generation that unfortunately fears more than ever being further wounded, overlooked, abused, neglected and having to fight for what we now understand is not such a basic right and that is the plight for equality and basic human dignity.
“While many of US act like this is something new, those of US who have been fighting, marching and writing about it know that inequality, hatred and bigotry has crippled and silenced US for a very long time. Although we are wounded, don’t count US out of the fight.
“We thank you for helping US face and focus on the very issues that plague our communities and diminishes US all. While I, too, responsibly admit to engaging in the behaviors that further perpetuates the negative stigma in our communities, I wanted to thank you for looking beyond our shortcomings.
“As I reflect back on my teenage years when I heard my favorite rapper and person, Tupac Shakur, tell me we weren’t ready for a black president, leaving me in nodding in agreement until you brought US the audacity of hope and reminded US that yes we can.
“As you transition out of office, we continue to watch you carry out your final agenda with precision, integrity and purpose. That is what we will remember as signature Obama.
“For every one of US who has been touched by you and tasked with a choice between finding a way or walking away, I say we can and must do more.
“We cannot afford to live in a prolonged state of grief, but must remember that we have no choice but to dust ourselves off, wipe off our wounds and move beyond this barren state of shock.
“We will forever be grateful to you and your family, the graceful intelligent compassionate first lady, Mrs. Obama, as well as your beautiful daughters Sasha and Malia for their collective sacrifices for US. WE will continue to stand with you and alongside those who make a personal investment in US. We will continue
to remain committed to causes that are bigger than ourselves. We will continue to remind ourselves that, Yes, We still can!!!


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