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T.I.'s Powerful Poem Urges Twitter Activists To Do More Than Just Tweet

Hear the rapper's moving spoken word poem.

T.I. has made many statements with his music and now he’s also making them with poetry.

On Saturday, Oct. 3, Tip's “United We Stand” is slated to air during the Triumph Awards. The spoken word poem encourages listeners to be more engaged outside of social media platforms.

"United we stand/ Because we created a hashtag for Sandra Bland," he says in his performance released through Rolling Stone. "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.”

The poem continues, making references to #BlackLivesMatter and the concern many have with obtaining a greater number of followers on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and the like. And while he doesn't say that tweeting about issues is wrong, he does say that "solely" posting about them on social media is not enough.

"If you think solely making them a trending topic is going to solve them," he rhymes in the poem, "then you are a part of the problem."

This isn't new ground for Tip, who's discussed social and political topics in his music for years. "Coming Home" serves as a recent example of this. He's also shared his thoughts about such matters on social media.

You can read Tip's powerful poem below.

"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."

The poem's scheduled to air as part of the Triumph Awards Sat. Oct. 3 on TV One.