Recording artist and leftist Tef Poe posted a message on Twitter that threatened riots should Republican candidate Donald Trump win the presidential election, young African Americans can be expected to riot.

Writing on Twitter, Tef Poe (who uses the handle War Machine III) wrote on March 16 “Young niggas such as myself are fully hell bent on inciting riots. He said, moreover, that there “aint no more rules.” Theses messages were addressed to “white people.” Poe is a noted rap-artist and supporter of Black Lives Matter.

Poe’s recent Tweets read in full.

"Dear white people if Trump wins young niggas such as myself are fully hell bent on inciting riots everywhere we go. Just so you know. — War Machine III (@TefPoe) March 16, 2016  It has since been erased from Twitter.

“Trump wins aint no more rules fammo. We've been too nice as is.”

“Fammo” may be a reference to Poe’s associates, extended family members, and fans. Poe was prominent among activists involved in the response to the death of Michael Brown, an 18-year-old whose death at the hands of a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, stirred up weeks of protests, rioting, and debate among critics of the use of deadly force by law enforcement.

Poe was closely associated with Ashley Yates, with whom he founded a social justice organization known as Hands Up United, which has a website where it sells imprinted t-shirts and accepts donations. Yates posted a copy of a flyer in recent days on his Twitter account. It described clothing deemed appropriate to wear in a riot, in both Arabic and English.


Poe has had an interest in the struggle between Israel and the Palestinian authority. He visited the Middle East as a member of a “solidarity demonstration” in concert with a number of other prominent Black Livers Matter activists in 2015. When they visited Nazareth, members of the Black Lives Matter delegation called for support of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) campaign that seeks the severing of all economic ties between the United States and Israel.

The demonstration in Nazareth was arranged by Patrisse Cullors, co-founder of #BlackLivesMatter, and features “Ella’s Song” by Sweet Honey in the Rock. Among the others involved were National Director of the Black Youth Project 100 Charlene Carruthers; Dream Defenders’ Executive Director Phillip Agnew; New York Justice League member Aja Monet; Tef Poe, and Ferguson/ Hands Up United organizer Tara Thompson.

Poe and Yates and members of the Black Lives Matter movement took over a rally in 2015 that featured a keynote address by activist/professor Cornel West. The #FergusonOctober brought together numerous members of the clergy, as well as African American activists. The group interrupted the speeches, having concluded that they were not included.

When the young protesters shouted “Let us speak, let us speak!” speakers surrendered the mic to them. A description of the video says that it “vividly express gritty street level frustration and unrelenting rebellion against the widespread systemic patterns of racial oppression and police brutality-you will never get closer to the heart of the Ferguson protest than this!”

Tef Poe gets applause in the video when he suggests that the protests in Ferguson need to incorporate criminal elements, including the dreaded Bloods and the Gang. He said, “When we out there in the street, it ain’t the brother in the suit that’s protecting me.” Poe was in Texas recently, where he performed during the South by Southwest music festival. A prominent attendee at the music festival was a fan of rap music, President Barack Obama.




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Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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