Houston rapper, Chamillionaire, took to social media to comment on the criticism he's received on his decision to help Jorge Garcia, the father-of-three who was being deported after living in the United States for almost 30 years.
When Chamillionaire emailed Free Press staff writer Niraj Warikoo, who broke the story of 39-year-old father who had lived in the United States since he was 10 years old, he did not expect Warikoo to tweet out his email. In fact he never heard back from the Detroit journalist.
This is not a joke. I actually got an email yesterday from rapper Chamillionaire (of Ridin’ Dirty fame, the song that goes, They see me rollin,’ they hatin’) after he read my story on Jorge Garcia being deported. He wants to help him. pic.twitter.com/ZBJvcbTKRf
— Niraj Warikoo (@nwarikoo) January 18, 2018
Though Warikoo's tweet has gained over 7,000 Retweets and 30,000 Likes, the 'Ridin Dirty' artist posted a video asking viewers whether they had insight on why the journalist did not respond. While he's been reached out by news outlets for an interview, he believes it is all premature because he never got connected to the family. He says in the video below, "The reason I reached out via email and not Twitter is because I assumed the conversation would be private."
Yesterday, the rapper updated his Instagram followers and thanked them for connecting him with Cindy Garcia, wife of Jorge Garcia, and said they had a "dope conversation." However, he also wanted to clarify on the backlash that he's received for helping the Mexican family.
In the video he says, "My parents are immigrants, so I feel some type of way."
In the Part 2 video he adds, "A lot of people are hitting me saying, 'I'm proud of you for wanting to help an immigrant family in their time of need,' but I a lot of people are hitting me saying, 'I don't understand why a Black man would want to help Mexicans' and nonsense like, 'They don't do nothing for us! Black people need to only help Black people!"
Chamillionaire begins by saying, "I'm sorry you feel that way but I'm from Texas. I know a lot of y'all have been led to believe the toxic narrative that Mexicans are doing this and Mexicans are doing that like they aren't valuable contributors to our economy and our society." The Grammy Award-winning recording artist went on to tell some little-known facts about how his biggest record "Ridin' Dirty" was launched to success with the help of his manager and a store owner, both of who were Mexican. "And guess who showed up at the shows, you guessed it," he says.