There are a lot of things I have done in my life that I am not proud of…
Exploring ideas and challenging my understanding of the world around me is not one of them.
Anyone who pushes boundaries knows that once in a while you find yourself crossing lines that shouldn’t be crossed.
In August of 2013, I published a video that did just that.
At the time, I was a talk radio junkie who listened to Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh and other hyperbolic political commentators for hours a day. I thought emulating their emotional rants was my path to the top.
I have since come to understand that I was very wrong, about that and many other things. But back then I aspired to be just like them. It’s one of the reasons I started this blog.
It started out as a basic web portfolio and evolved into a platform where I can freely share my thoughts and ideas with the world.
And the most controversial of all, a video titled Nigga Please.
I released it right after the Trayvon Martin and Chris Lane murders. I was appalled at the difference in media coverage of the two crimes and figured a rant on the topic would be a perfect way to make a splash with my second video. I also figured the headline would get the video churning in the online forums. At the time, I had nothing to lose and thought the issues at hand were too important to stay silent. Much like I feel about where we are now as a society…
And this is where some people start to get it wrong.
First of all, the people attacking me assume I am white. I’m not. (I’m 100% Puerto Rican if you’re curious).
Secondly, they assume I am some “privileged white male” when the truth is that I come from a humble background. From a family who sacrificed a lot to give me a small boost towards a better life than the one they had. And really, all that is to say I know what it’s like to struggle, to hurt and feel neglected… To be bullied or typecast as an outsider…
Third, none of that matters because I fall on the wrong side of politically correct. You see I am not allowed to have thoughts of my own because those thoughts contradict the political paradigm that is quickly consuming our society.
The truth is that these attacks on my character are ignorant at best and malicious at worst and I will no longer stand silent as they slander my name, castigate my clients, and pressure my collaborators to abandon my projects.
The video at the top of this post, along with these few paragraphs are my first public response. My intention is to work towards an amicable solution with those who seek to destroy my name. As long as they are open to bridging the divide.
However, based on my experience with them up to this point, I am not sure they are interested in anything other than fanning the flames of the racial and social divides that grip our entire society. Something we will address in further detail if these initial attempts at a peaceful resolution are unsuccessful.
I will refrain from throwing any more stones at this point in the hopes that we may be able to find a long term solution to this problem. But the time to stand by and just watch quietly as they stomp on my credibility has passed.
If you know any of the parties involved, please share this post and the accompanying video with them in an effort to help us start that conversation. Let’s see if they stand for anything other than bullying us on social media. Because if we can find a way to come together in spite of our differences, then imagine what other problems we might be able to tackle together.