Vic Mensa on Donald Trump's Election: 'This Had to Happen'

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Vic Mensa on Donald Trump's Election: 'This Had to Happen'

He penned a piece for Billboard.

Published November 15, 2016

One week ago (November 8) the American public took to the polls and elected Donald Trump the 45th president of the United States.

Since, protests, violence and general reaction have surfaced. Hip-hop’s given its take as well. Vic Mensa is now providing his reaction, and it’s one of the most detailed we’ve received from the culture.

Writing an op-ed for Billboard, the Chicago rapper detailed finding out about last Tuesday’s results and also what a Trump presidency means for minority communities moving forward.

“I had to remind myself that this wasn't my election to win or lose,” he wrote. “Then, when I woke up in the morning, I realized that this had to happen because we've been pacified by having Barack [Obama] in office. That pacification would have only continued by having Hillary elected.”

Also during his essay, Vic Mensa had a message about racism and unity.

“To people who have been led to believe you are white, race is the child of racism; racism is not the child of race,” he continued. “Race is a fairly new idea that's been used to divide and conquer. If you look at a lot of historical texts, when you're describing Italian war generals, it wasn't described as black. Might have been North African. People had real backgrounds. We have Irish people, English people, Polish people, Russians, and Chinese people, and Indians from India, Native Americans. All of this brown, black and white has stolen the true identity of humanity and been used to categorize people so they can focus on their differences more than their similarities.”

Read Vic Mensa’s full essay about Donald Trump election here.

Written by Paul Meara

(Photos from Left: Brian Ach/Getty Images for MTV, Andy Katz/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)


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