The reason people have such mixed feelings about your story, of course, is that you’ve had several brushes with racism since coming to this country five years ago, and you’ve done a lot to combat it throughout your life. You’ve never hidden your black skin or any other race, but you’ve had a lot of support from the communities you’ve worked in to help change those attitudes and stereotypes.
On Nov. 11, though, you took part in a march that was aimed at confronting anti-police violence in America. What was the most moving part of that day, and how did it play into your motivation to tell your story?
I guess it was so moving because we had such an event and it was so touching. I’ve done marches about different issues, but it was especially moving because we were talking about what our lives were going to be like if Black lives were not valued, and how we’re going to make sure every person is treated equally.
Did you ever think about ending up in New Jersey as a result of this march?
I mean, it was a great day. It gave a lot of hope, and there’s no such thing as too much hope. It was just going to lead to more love. It could be a different one. We have a better world, and I just want to make sure the best world is not going to happen in this city the way I was raised in New York.
When and why did you first become involved in activism?
I used to walk on the streets of New York City and people would be looking at me like I just got put on a jury, and I was like, ‘I’m just gonna sit there and watch,’ and then one day I thought, ‘Oh, I’m going out there on my own and I’m going to do my own thing.”
Why did you choose to become an activist?
Well, I used to be really bad at school, and I was afraid that there was no way I was going to get in to Harvard without knowing what a criminal was. I had a lot of criminal convictions in my past, and I was scared to commit myself to a Harvard degree. I didn’t want to be one of those guys like, “What I was really trying to do was become a journalist and make an art.” So, I ended up doing activism.
What made you want to start your own campaign against hate crimes?
I was trying to figure
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