T.I. and Chris Brown Speak Out Against the Slave Trade Happening in Libya
28 Nov, 2017
T.I. used his social media platform to spread awareness about the open market slave trade that has reportedly taken shape in Libya.
A recent CNN investigative report on Black laborers who've traveled from southern parts of the continent, only to be sold into slavery in the country, has sparked a rallying cry over the past week. During a video recorded to document the nature of the crisis, Sudanese reporter Nima Elbagir attends a live auction during which a man could be heard working a crowd with shouts of: "big strong boys for farm work," and "Does anybody need a digger?" According to a local who Elbagir connects with while doing her research, a migrant slave could be purchased for as little as $400.
In a series of three Instagram posts, Tip vents frustration over how helpless he feels to watch as the atrocity goes down. “This is PURE EVIL!!!!! I'm LIVID!!!! Satan is BUSY as a muuuf**ka. Spiritual Warfare in full effect.What side u on? Fight Back," he writes in one post. In another, the rapper questions the decision (by President Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton) to support the ouster and assassination of ex-Libyan dictator Muammar Khaddafi, writing: "So... I'm wondering, if Khadafi was such a horrible dictator why wasn't this happening when HE WAS in power?"
Hours later, Chris Brown would also add his voice to those concerned over the developments in Libya, by posting a meme that criticizes the media for under-reporting such controversies when they take place in countries inhabiting people of color.