T.I. has decided to take an opposing stance against Floyd Mayweather’s controversial assertion that all lives matter in regards to the current state of U.S. race relations.
The Grammy ward-winner, who has had a past history of public disputes with the former boxing champion, posted a statement Wednesday on Instagram asserting that Mayweather’s comments were “socially irresponsible, inconsiderate, & insensitive.”
The Atlanta rapper went on to add, “This completely undermines & discredits the movements that fight for the plights of our people. You’re a leader whether you know it or not. Don’t get so lost in personal possession or individual achievement that you lose sight of the things that are larger than all of us.”
T.I.’s poignant statement comes on the heels of his powerful BET Hip Hop Awards performance on Oct. 4 where he addressed police brutality and the release of his latest EP, “Us or Else,” which calls out issues surrounding social justice.
Prior to his appearance at Harry Belafonte’s social justice festival, “Many Rivers To Cross” on Oct. 1, the 36-year-old told the New York Times that he felt compelled to use his platform to address the police killings of black Americans, adding, “It just seemed all too consistent, all too repeated, all too ignored.”