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T.I. has penned what will the last in a series of open letters he’s written to America in recent weeks. This time he’s addressing Black America specifically.

After writing open letters to both President Barack Obama and Donald Trump, T.I. is now addressing America a large and African-Americans specifically in his latest piece.

This time he released the latter through EBONY magazine because he felt he need to talk to “US.” When asked who “US” was, T.I. described it as meaning:

The Black community, the hip hop community or whoever is against the oppressive communities that have historically tried to bring us down. Right now, I don’t necessarily think it’s a race thing. There are some White people riding with us just like it was in the Civil Rights Movement. It’s a community of people and it’s a cause that transcends race, gender, sexual orientation, social status. Its people who are fighters for what’s right.

In the letter, T.I. stresses that education be valued more than material wealth. He also reminds anyone reading the letter that just because he has become rich and famous, it doesn’t mean that he doesn’t know what it is like to struggle.

Here is an excerpt:

It is imperative for US to parent our children and educate them outside of the school systems, as our education system was not designed to lift US out of oppression. If we know that the pipelines to prisons are multiplying, well we must ask ourselves what can we do to end it? We must keep ourselves busy with finding ways to generate wealth for generations to come and work to pass down things to our children for them to pass down to their children. You see man, who wants to fight who on Instagram should not be as important as fighting for equality…and who’s f**king who should never be as important as creating a strategy to help break the cycle [of]

oppression.

You see, if we don’t acknowledge and accept where we are failing, then we’ll never do the work that it takes to make it right for US. See, we are the benefactors of too much sacrifice and blood, sweat and tears to allow petty differences and trivial discrepancies to continue to separate and divide US, while we are being used, exploited and conquered. We should not live one more day ignoring the sh** that suffocates and strangles US keeping US imprisoned in our own communities. We cannot afford to not stick and work together for the betterment of our community.

Read the entire letter here.

Photo: WENN.com

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