Trae tha Truth Declined Going to White House to Be With Families of Shooting Victims

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Trae tha Truth revealed that he declined an invitation to the White House to assist families of shooting victims in Buffalo and Uvalde.

Trae tha Truth is paying it forward. On Wednesday, the Houston rapper and philanthropist went to Instagram and shared that in light of recent mass shootings in Buffalo, New York and Uvalde, Texas, he declined an invitation to the White House to meet with President Joe Biden.

“I was invited to the White House today to meet with the President with the families of those who have wrongfully been murdered by police,” he wrote. “But the people of Buffalo NY are really in need as well as the families of the children murdered in Uvalde… so I will have to pass, I will be in the field with the people in need.”

 

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While it’s unknown why Trae was invited to the White House, in November he was honored with the Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award, given to Americans who have given more than 4,000 hours of exceptional voluntary service.

Trae later asked to be put in contact with families who lost their children during the shooting at Robb Elementary School on Tuesday (May 24), where 19 students and 2 teachers were killed.

“I would like to assist some of the funerals,” Trae wrote.

 

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On Wednesday afternoon, the rapper held a food drive in Buffalo near Tops Friendly Market, where the mass shooting occurred on May 14. With an 18-wheel truck supplied with groceries, Trae partnered with Christopher Dipnarine, executive director of Baltimore-nonprofit 4 My City, to offer food to those in need.

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