T.I. Pens Open Letter to Donald Trump a Week Before He Becomes President

T.I. Pens Open Letter to Donald Trump a Week Before He Becomes President

He's hoping to open a healthy dialogue.

Published January 15th

Last week, T.I. penned a heartfelt farewell message to President Barack Obama, and now the rapper has decided to give the president-elect a similar courtesy.

While T.I. previously has clowned Donald Trump, even going as far as to say that he refuses to accept the reality that he won the election, now the rapper has decided to do what he can to lead others and spark an important dialogue in order to help move our country forward positively.

In his open letter, which was published in full on Rolling Stone, T.I. has eloquently put his thoughts down on paper, raising a handful of important points Trump would benefit from paying attention to.

"As I share my thoughts, I want to first say that it's easy to allow one's frustration and angst to lead to reckless and harmful rhetoric that can cause irreparable damage," he begins. "With that said, I want to be responsible, honest and respectful, but in no way apologetic about the rage and resentment that many of US have been suppressing for far too long. In turn, I hope that we can be equally as honest about the prejudice, bias and narrow-mindedness that many of US have felt our nation has been disguising and denying for far too long."

He then explains he has an important question for Trump to consider.

"As you transition into your role as the President of the United States, you will undoubtedly be one of the most watched people in the history of the world," he continues. "So, I can’t help but ask in the midst of our nation's calamity and discord: What do you want US to see?"

During his lengthy letter to the president-elect, Tip explains certain things that separate Trump from the Black community, and how he is addressing the differences in hopes to create a healthy dialogue that can unite the American people. He later goes on to explain that he is now "past bitter and on my way to better," as well as hopeful that collective progress is possible.

"As we continue to go on together as a nation, I apologize in advance for the friction and hostility that inevitably comes with US feeling years of pain, neglect, resentment and not being heard," T.I. adds. "I am hopeful that we will not go and repeat the mistakes of the past. I am hopeful that we will all work to right our wrongs and become better men and women and a better nation."

Take a look at T.I.'s brilliant letter to Donald Trump in full here

Written by KC Orcutt

(Photos from left: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images, Ethan Miller/Getty Images)


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