In an extreme contrast to Lil Wayne’s take on racism, the hip-hop world have as well noted T.I’s racism views.
While Lil Wayne says there is no such thing as racism in his career, T.I has the effrontery to say otherwise. Unlike Wayne he is a strong supporter of Black Lives Matter and NFL quarterback, Colin Kaepernick’s national anthem protest.
In his latest releases, T.I – who was born Clifford Joseph Harris Jr – has stood up for the black American community, stamping that there is indeed racism, and as such, a demand for justice.
T.I’s racism views was made all the more clearer in his new musical videos, ‘We Will Not’ and ‘Warzone.’
The rap star, who has served time in prison for illegal possession of fire arms, re-enacted the recent police brutality on blacks. This time he replaced the original black characters with white people. In other words, posing a rhetoric question- What if it were white people who were brutally killed by black cops?
The video then ends with a striking quote that reads: “The new racism, is to deny that racism exists.”
Lil Wayne should have seen this before he made his “doesn’t exist” comment.
T.I granted an interview on Trevor Noah’s The Daily Show. Addressing a possible hypocritical element in his videos, Trevor wanted to know why hip-hop songs are replete with violence.
“… I’m a huge hip-hop fan. I hear you guys saying you want justice, but in hip-hop people are talking about guns, shooting people… ” – Trevor
This was T.I’s response:
“People need to take into consideration that Hip Hop traditionally has always been a reflection of the environment that the artist had to endure before he made it to where he was.”
“So if you want to change the content of the music, change the environment of the artist and he won’t have such negative things to say.”
His response now poses the question: Whose job is it to foster these missing positive things in the society? His critics have said that nothing justifies the rate of violence that the hip-hop world promotes.
For what it is worth, two wrongs do not make a right. If the government cannot get it right, the arts could at least try. I guess there is a reason why Martin Luther King Jr. chose Ghandi’s “civil disobedience”- fighting their wars as peacefully as possible.