T.I. was vexed during a Hip Hop and Politics panel discussion at the Revolt Summit over the weekend when he faced off with a Black Trump supporter.
Candace Owens, a Black American conservative commentator, struggled to answer when the “Whatever You Like” rapper insisted she explain the slogan “Make America Great Again.”
“When you say Make America Great Again, which period are we talking about?” T.I. asked Owens, who sat beside him during the “Trap the Vote: Hip Hop & Politics” panel.
The panel also included co-president of the 2019 Women’s March Tamika Mallory, rapper and activist Killer Mike, activist and former spokesperson for the Donald Trump 2016 presidential campaign Katrina Pierson, and Steven Pargett of Dream Defenders, reports Revolt.
“[Is it] the period when women couldn’t vote?” he continued. “The period when we were hanging from trees? The crack era? Which period in America are you trying to make great again?!”
Owens responded saying she’d “totally wear a hat that said ‘Make Black America Great Again.’”
“Which period was America great that we’re trying to replicate? Which era was it?” T.I. pressed. “You’re making light of enslavement of people that look like us.”
Killer Mike disagreed with T.I. and told the audience the debate between the “Rubberband Man” and Owens was an example of “free people arguing over who got the best master.”
“I’ll tell you when America was great -- seven years after the ending of the Civil War,” Killer Mike told the audience, Revolt reports. “Seven years after the Civil War, Blacks within seven to 15 years accumulated over 15 million acres of land. Black people were the only skilled labor in there.”
He added, “The most important thing is self-organizing. By the time we get to a candidate, we should have a list that says, ‘White man, White woman, these are our demands. You can meet them and get our vote or not, and we gon’ stay home and crochet and make collard greens.’ But what you cannot do is continue to argue over who is the best master.”
But the heat didn’t start there.
Before the discussion about the controversial slogan began, T.I. questioned Owens and fellow Trump supporter Pierson over how they could “support and align yourselves with a constituency that will not denounce white supremacy.”
The Atlanta rapper continued, “So that means your son or daughter or any of your brothers or any of your family members - if they are caught out there by a policeman who is a covert, undercover white supremacist and gets gunned down, this constituency would have absolutely nothing to say about it.”
Owens responded to T.I.’s comment about white supremacy by saying, “You insinuated that he has not denounced white supremacy. Somebody, please, go to his Twitter feed right now. Go back to the shootings… You guys are so hung up on Charlottesville and nobody heard the entire clip. I wanna talk about why we get manipulated.”
“This is literally why Black America loses right here,” she continued. “We allow people with cameras to go hear a whole speech - they do this to me all the time - they take out a couple of sentences you said and they create a whole new headline. People who were not there get incensed and get emotional and don’t actually go back to hear what was actually said in full context.”
Owens also revealed she was a liberal before Trump took office, but that he “woke” her up, Revolt reports.
“I used to be liberal,” she revealed. “Trump woke me up to the idea that we’re being manipulated by the word racism every four years.”
(Photo: Moses Robinson/Getty Images for Revolt)
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