T.I. Pens Poem Urging Black Lives Matter Supporters To Not “Solely” Rely On Social Media
Rapper T.I. has been one of the more outspoken celebrities to voice his opinions and frustrations regarding injustices towards those of the Black community.
On Sunday (Oct. 3), he is set to make a special appearance on TV One’s Triumph Awards, in which he’ll present a spoken word poem that speaks directly to social media activism. He recalls the death of Sandra Bland and how the apparent gift and the curse of the Internet, as the talks of her death have dramatically come to a halt. “Chained by man-made device small enough to fit into the palm of our hand/I guess that’s made it easy to swipe to the left and scroll to the next/And forget about Sandra Bland,” he recites.
In new poem titled, “United We Stand,” the rapper sounds off on the need for social media activists to do just more than tweet, but take their fight for justice to the real world. T.I. also makes note of the Black Lives Matter movement, which has gained lots of social media popularity and support this past year with the striking number of Black deaths at the hands of law enforcement. And as much as hashtags, retweets and reposts have spread the word and shined a light on injustices that have been occurring at alarming rates, T.I. calls out users saying “solely” relying on those posts aren’t enough. “Our society’s issues are deeper than social media posts, there’s a long list/And if you think solely making them a trending topic will solve them/Well, then, you’re a part of the problem.”
Read T.I.’s poem in full below and watch a clip from T.I.s performance.
United we stand/ Because we created a hashtag for Sandra Bland
Jumped off the front of the ship and dove into the Internet waves
Swimming with DMs, likes, comments/ Not noticing how much it makes us slaves
Chained by man-made device small enough to fit into the palm of our hand
I guess that’s made it easy to swipe to the left and scroll to the next
And forget about Sandra Bland
United we stand
Because we wore hoodies and t-shirts that read ’Black Lives Matter’
But, ’Quick homie take this flick
Gotta make sure all my followers see this fresh ’fit’
Are we really about the movement or more concerned with our follower count growing fatter?
Secondary to revolutionary does not exist
Our society’s issues are deeper than social media posts, there’s a long list
And if you think solely making them a trending topic will solve them
Well, then, you’re a part of the problem
We are Trayvon Martin
We are Jordan Davis
We are Eric Garner
We are Tamir Rice
We are Walter Scott
We are Eric Harris
We are Freddie Gray
And We are Sandra Bland
United we stand.