T.I. Writes Open Letter To President Obama: “Your Legacy Will Live On”
With only 12 days left in Barack Obama’s presidency, many of us are experience an overwhelming amount of feels as the countdown begins.
But instead of sobbing about his upcoming exit, T.I. decided to take unload his thoughts in an open letter that thanked President Obama for service over the past eight years.
“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,” T.I. said in the letter that was originally published by The New York Times.
“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,” he continued. “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.”
The Us or Else rapper went on to share his appreciation for Obama addressing issues like hatred, bigotry, and inequality during his presidency. Among those bullet points also was The Black Lives Matter movement.
In his concluding words, T.I. promised to keep Obama’s legacy and mission alive, asking for “every one of US who has been touched by” him to “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,” he added.
Read T.I.’s full letter here.