United we stand, divided we fall. In the past couple of years we've seen the deaths of Sandra Bland, Freddie Gray, Eric Garner and dozens of others as a result of police brutality. Celebrities worldwide have spoken out against the killings of so many African-America men and women in the United States, and Tip has just become the latest to show his support for the Black Lives Matter movement - with a twist.
Last night (Oct. 3) during TV One's Triumph Awards, T.I. took to the stage and surprised everyone with his spoken word poem, "United We Stand." "United we stand/ Because we created a hashtag for Sandra Bland / Jumped off the front of the ship and dove into the Internet waves / Swimming with DMs, likes, comments/ Not noticing how much it makes us slaves," Tip began, addressing those who only seem to be "taking action" on social media. "Chained by man-made device small enough to fit into the palm of our hand / I guess that's made it easy to swipe to the left and scroll to the next / And forget about Sandra Bland / United we stand."
Does Tip have a point? Let us know if you think social media has either helped or weakened the Black Lives Matter movement below.
T.I.'s "United We Stand"
"United we stand/ Because we created a hashtag for Sandra Bland
Jumped off the front of the ship and dove into the Internet waves
Swimming with DMs, likes, comments/ Not noticing how much it makes us slaves
Chained by man-made device small enough to fit into the palm of our hand
I guess that's made it easy to swipe to the left and scroll to the next
And forget about Sandra Bland
United we stand
Because we wore hoodies and t-shirts that read 'Black Lives Matter'
But, 'Quick homie take this flick
Gotta make sure all my followers see this fresh 'fit'
Are we really about the movement or more concerned with our follower count growing fatter?
Secondary to revolutionary does not exist
Our society's issues are deeper than social media posts, there's a long list
And if you think solely making them a trending topic will solve them
Well, then, you're a part of the problem
We are Trayvon Martin
We are Jordan Davis
We are Eric Garner
We are Tamir Rice
We are Walter Scott
We are Eric Harris
We are Freddie Gray
And We are Sandra Bland
United we stand.