On Monday, T.I. took to his Instagram account to give a lukewarm endorsement of Kanye West's recent call to alter the 13th Amendment. But, first, he had to make it clear that he's not always down with the mega-star's sporadic screeds.
the 13th Amendment is slavery in disguise meaning it never ended We are the solution that heals— ye (@kanyewest) September 30, 2018
not abolish but. let’s amend the 13th amendment— ye (@kanyewest) September 30, 2018
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Thank you Washington posthttps://t.co/y8BcgVp8Lk— ye (@kanyewest) October 1, 2018
"While I disagree with most of the shit that Kanye says and his rants I must say that the part about trying to amend or abolish the 13th Amendment I actually agreed with," T.I. says in the clip below. "And not because I think that slavery should be instilled. No, because the 13th Amendment says that slavery should be abolished unless in prison."
He went on to say that this wording "incentivizes mass incarceration." And that it "also increases the amount of scrutiny put on us and the laws that affect us differently than they affect white people."
He concluded his message by giving his "Swagger Like Us" collaborator the benefit of the doubt, saying "I do see where he was going. I think it was horribly worded. And I think if you're not careful, you can get carried off into the bullshit. Now I know how I mean it when I say it. I hope he means it the same way."
For reference, the 13th Amendment reads:
"Section 1. Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.
Section 2. Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation."
Check out T.I.'s comments for yourself: