During the Revolt T.V summit in Atlanta on Sept. 14th T.I and American conservative commentator, Candace Owens exchanged words regarding the conditions of Melanated people in America.
They were on a panel title; “Trap the Vote: Hip-Hop & Politics” which also included Killer Mike, Tamika Malory, Katrina Pearson, and Steven Pargett.
A particular portion of their spat on the “Trap the Vote: Hip Hop & Politics” panel that went viral involves Tip, whose real name is Clifford Harris, and Owens sparking tensions over whether or not the president has actually made America great again, like his 2016 campaign slogan states.
That was Ronald Reagan’s slogan. Was it racist when Ronald Reagan had it?” Owens asks the audience, which responded with a resounding “yes.”
Tip then interjects to ask, “When you say make America great again, which period are we talking about? The period when women couldn’t vote? The period when we were hanging from trees? Or the crack era? Which period in America was great that we’re trying to replicate?”
Owens began by stating, “I would rock a hat that said ‘Make Black America Great Again,’” to which T.I. interjected by insisting she answer his specific question about when exactly America was great.
“Here’s the thing that you guys are forgetting,” the conservative provocateur remarked. “Slavery was all over the world.”
But before she could finish her remark about where America stood in the global slave trade, Tip interrupted once more as the crowd of attendees began booing.
“If I can’t answer the question and you’re just going to boo when I say slavery was all over the world, which is a fact, why are you booing a fact?” Owens asked.
“Because you’re making light of the enslavement of people that look like us,” T.I. replies. “You can’t make light of that. That ain’t nothing you breeze over.”
After Owens continued to question Tip amid crosstalk, he hit back, “You started with some bulls–t!”
The crowd roared at the Atlanta-based rapper’s response during the panel talk, which ultimately went on for nearly an hour and 20 minutes.