ATLANTA, GA – MAY 09: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Actor/rapper Tip “T.I.” Harris attends HISTORY’s “Roots” Atlanta advanced screening at National Center for Civil and Human Rights on May 9, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images for History/Roots)”

The events that took place in Charlottesville has revealed the ugly truth about where we stand today with race in American. From White nationalists inflicting violence, to the call for the removal of Confederate monuments, to Trump’s disgusting response, racism has remained at the forefront over the past week.

To shed light on the issues in America, T.I., Mo Ivory, Andre Dickens, and Ryan Wilson (owner of The Gathering Spot) held the “YouNited” town hall discussion at The Gathering Spot in Atlanta.

After taking a question from an audience member, T.I. spoke about the need to focus on one issue at a time when dealing with racism, hatred, and equality.

“I think everyone should have the freedom that is granted by the Constitution,” However, we can only fight one fight at a time. We all on the side of right and equality. This the fight in front of us right now. We can’t lose focus and say, ‘we need to be fighting for this too.’ We can’t ignore the gift of today by thinking about the fight of tomorrow. This is not any disrespect, but this affects everybody.

T.I., Mo Ivory, Andre Dickens, and Ryan Wilson

T.I. also spoke on the ridiculousness of racism as it relates to the history in America.

“This country was stolen,” T.I. told audience members.  “It’s stolen property. We have to understand the psyche of what we’re dealing with. It’s as insane as someone stealing your car and when you see them they lock the car doors and say, ‘No, you can’t get in here.’ These are the same people who were immigrants themselves. They weren’t American. You can’t ignore the horrible truth that is happened which led to the horrible truths that are happening now. All of it is relative. They came over here and stole this property and had their own selfish agendas. They called it the land of the free and immigrants came for the American dream. But they didn’t expect Africans, Mexicans, Dominicans coming to America and being raised in the same schools with White kids. They feel as if their race is being diluted and they’re going to Charlottesville with Tiki torches. This is the insanity of the people we’re dealing with. They are drowning and grabbing for anything. We have to find a strategy that will combat this buffoonery. We’re trying to make sense of it, but this is insanity.”

A.R. Shaw

A.R. Shaw is an author and journalist who documents culture, politics, and entertainment. He has covered The Obama White House, the summer Olympics in London, and currently serves as Lifestyle Editor for Rolling Out magazine. Follow his journey on Twitter @arshaw and Instagram @arshaw23.

  • britishrose

    right on target ti but who are they again? exactly:: they were immigrants too not one of them in that rally would be here if the mayfower had not landed bringing irish , english whites to america , the firest explores were white men cause only they were bold enough to explore a terrain that was inhabitated by native americas , now they gone steal america for a few bottles of liquior they sold the indians and some corn . and plotted to take it over , when economy flopped and half of them were dieing and couldnt crop them cotton fields they went to africa and bought up some slaves ,,,, sold by our own people to them . . . but after slaving us for years and robbing us of our heritage killing our children separating our familes it took , fredrick douglas , harriet tubman , malcom x martin luther , and rosa park to sot the non sense , killings of us . stop the scare tactics and angry mobbs ,,, burning our men on stakes . like a roasted pig .. all because they had a fear white women would start producing with black men .. thats what it all is about , that would have made america majority blacks and mixed americans . . to this day white kkk supremist are madd over that possibility ..they hate obama because they starre in the face of a mix breed making it to president status ,, to them that was devastating , and proof blacks and whites having kids could change america and remove the horrible pass from the forfront ., whites want to dominate in everything ,, they take all the good restaurants , clubs , and land , they have old money reason so many of them can go to college ..
    donald trump os old money , , his father was a racist reason he is ,,, you never hear bought his daddy cause then you gotta hear the whole story why his daddy came to america ..

    his roots is not american either while he talking then his wife is russian descent , and grand kids jewish !!! but he can talk about equality ???? ti is right on all points its some history yall have not read .. and you would not believe how only 10 percent of our children know who rosa parks was , or fredrick douglas and this is why whites took all the black history books out of schools period .. who let them do that? surely congress and the system .. . knowlege is the killer of many ..

  • AND THEN THERE WAS ONE!!🔥

    Spell check. And you talk too much British shut the hell up pls rose. 🔇🗣👎🏽