Following Donald Trump's presidential win last week, Vic Mensa has penned an essay for Billboard in which he considers the implications of such a victory and how his pleas to keep Trump out of office may have been directed to the wrong audience. "My fight doesn't end here no matter the outcome," he writes, saying that a Hillary Clinton presidency would have continued to give the impression that all is right, when that continues to be far from the case.

"Until we can regroup and re-identify the real issues in our society," he writes, "which I think Bernie Sanders started to get people focused on -- we're gonna have all of this pointless fighting in this country that's not taking us anywhere positive."

He as well says that for real change to take place, people of all walks of life need to recognize the part they play, that the hatred and bigotry in the country existed before Trump was elected and to understand that is to begin to address the real issues. "This was not a safe place for us to begin with," he writes.

Vic encourages a dialogue between Trump supporters and critics. "We've been talking to a lot of people that's been agreeing with us, but we're seeing now that that's not the state of America," he says. "The state of America is a lot more volatile than The New York Times or The Huffington Post and New York City, L.A. and Chicago."

He closes by saying that to combat the wrong in the world and country is not enough anymore, that what's right needs to be championed as well. "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."

He also recalls having an epiphany about why it makes sense that Trump win the election. "I was in Atlanta working with The-Dream on some things," he remembers. "I had to remind myself that this wasn't my election to win or lose. Then, when I woke up in the morning, I realized that this had to happen because we've been pacified by having Barack [Obama] in office. That pacification would have only continued by having Hillary elected."

Read his statements in full via Billboard.

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