T.I. speaks up about the protest spread for George Floyd turning into everything but peaceful. The “I Can’t Breathe” movement has moved all through the US and escalated protest practices have led to violence in neighborhoods that T.I says is undeserving of the havoc.
T.I. the Atlanta born and raised rapper and actor referred to his hometown as the African nation of Wakanda from Black Panther at a press conference with Mayor Keisha Lance-Bottoms and Atlanta Police Department Chief Erika Shields. The conference was held to encourage protestors to understand the value of a peaceful protest and stop violence that is ultimately causing more damage to the community than need be. Standing with the development of his hometown T.I says he understands the cause of the protest but can’t stand for the destroying of the city.
“This city don’t deserve this. However, I understand that a lot of others do. But, we can’t do this here. This is Wakanda. This is sacred, it’s supposed to be protected.”
The conference called protesters to reality by bluntly addressing and condemning the conduct of the residents. Ultimately stating that the looting and opportunistic crimes taking place can not be masked by a cry for justice. Mayor Lance-Bottoms told protesters:
“If you care about this city then go home. You’re not protesting anything by running out with brown liquor in your hands. When you burn down this city you’re burning down our community.”
Other respected voices that spoke for the cause but against the riots included Ambassador Andrew Young, Killer Mike and Dr. Bernice King.