In a new op-ed piece for Billboard, Vic Mensa writes about his reaction to the election of Donald Trump last week, the realities of racism in America, and the organizing work that needs to be done now.
The Chicago rapper begins the essay by writing that the election of Donald Trump was necessary to call immediate attention to America's racist past and present. "I realized that this had to happen because we've been pacified by having Barack [Obama] in office," he writes. "That pacification would have only continued by having Hillary [Clinton] elected."
He elaborates on this issue, pointing to the killings of black Americans at the hands of police officers across the country, which he recently addressed in his "16 Shots" video. "The white nationalist groups and the KKK are being empowered right now and they're getting bolder, but they were there. They've been there," he writes. "We've been getting killed in the streets by police like dogs with a black president in the White House and there's no accountability for those white officers.
In the final portion of the piece, Mensa calls for the creation of a movement "bigger than a Black Lives Matter campaign -- something very inclusive." He continues, "We need to unify and decide what it is that we really believe in -- that's what we need to fight for. We can't just fight against injustice. We gotta fight for justice."
Read Vic Mensa's full essay for Billboard here.