After he was released from prison this last time, and showed the world that he took a slew of new vocabulary words as a parting gift, T.I. appointed himself what folks have called, “a Negro whisperer.” Essentially, he believes he can speak, with authority, on a variety of issues. The only thing wrong with this is that often times when it comes to T.I., some things are better left unsaid. We saw that again when, in an attempt to discourage people from looting, T.I. likened the city of Atlanta to the fictional African country and the setting of the Marvel film Black Panther.
According to CBR.com, during a press conference, T.I. said, “This city don’t deserve this. However, I understand that a lot of others do. But, we can’t do this here. This is Wakanda. This is sacred, it’s supposed to be protected.”
I guess T.I. didn’t realize that Atlanta is in America. And all of America deserves this. Not to mention, his comments were made before two Black college students, Taniyah Pilgrim and Messiah Young, were forcefully pulled from their car, after police smashed their windows in and were tased.
Those officers have since been fired. But that doesn’t sound anything like Wakanda to me.