An Open Apology
In 2013, I wore blackface for a Halloween function I was attending. At the time, no one said anything negative about it, but in 2018 someone saw the picture of me in blackface and brought to my attention that my costume was offensive. I’m deeply sorry for my choice in costume and it wasn’t my intention to hurt or offend anyone. I let down the people who I offended and I let myself down by choosing my costume without consideration to others. What has embarrassed me the most is the perception that I’m insensitive to other races and groups.
We are told in life not to care about what others think, but the fact is that I care deeply about what others think of me and my brand and what it represents. My actions in 2013 damaged that brand and I have been and will continue to be fully committed to rebuilding my brand, both personally and professionally.
I will continue to work on educating myself, as well as the community work that I’ve been doing for many years. And, most importantly, I will never repeat my mistake. I hope those who I’ve offended and/or hurt, will find it in their hearts to forgive. I welcome the opportunity to have a conversation with anyone if they so choose.