Before I leave today, I must touch on something that happened earlier this week. One of my friends had sent me a picture of an Instagram post made by Tyler that hit a nerve very close to home and was upsetting for me to see. Letting my upset feelings and outrage get the best of me in that moment, I immediately tweeted about it, calling Tyler a racist.
Growing up, I was the only “black” kid in an all-white and First Nations community. And as such, I was constantly picked on, left out and discriminated against, simply because of the color of my skin. As some of my fans know, I am an advocate for anti-racism and fighting the war on racism against all people, especially First Nations people and the injustice that is being served to them, all of which includes the struggles that members of my family must endure on a daily basis. So as you can imagine, when I saw the post, I had a knee-jerk reaction to call him out on it. However, it was brought to my attention later that the post was made well over a year ago when Tyler was still in high school. Being young isn’t an excuse, but I can see now with eyes unclouded by anger that the post wasn’t intended to hurt people.
Unfortunately, remarks such as these can hurt people regardless of intent, so I hope everyone can take away a lesson from Tyler’s mistake and think of how their jokes and comments can affect and hurt other people. Posting something on sensitive topics such as this will inevitably always be controversial and raise eyebrows. There has been way too much suffering amongst many races in this world over the course of time. To joke about it will not sit well with many people.
With that being said, I know I have learned my lesson to never speak publicly while angry or upset, as anger clouds our judgment and can make us do or say things we wouldn’t necessarily say or do if we were in a clearer state of mind. Tyler, I really hope that this hasn’t done irreversible damage to your career. You are young and still have plenty of time to turn things around. We are both young for that matter and have much of our lives ahead of us; we both have lessons to learn along our journey. A part of living is learning by making mistakes and growing. You are a great fighter, and from what I remember, a pretty good guy. I completely forgive you for what you posted, as I know there was no malicious intent. I hope that you can also forgive me for my reaction to it. I wish you nothing but the best in your future.