Last week was a rough one for Christopher Reid known as Kid from Hip-Hop group Kid N’ Play. A picture surfaced of Reid in an Afro spoofing former NFL player, Colin Kaepernick. Controversy immediately followed because many thought Reid was a white man spoofing the black quarterback. When it was finally revealed who was the person spoofing Kaeprnqick alongside sports analyst Jason Whitlock, fans remained upset. Most of the outrage comes from people being disappointed that two black men would make mockery of Kaepernick’s movement on police brutality.
Now using his Facebook, Reid has broke his silence to explain why he spoofed the quarterback. Check out his message below.
Sorry for the delayed response people-I was under the weather the last several days and I also wanted to take a little time to make sure my response was both measured and intelligent.
With that said, let me address the elephant in the room (and no, I don’t mean Whitlock)……Look, I get it-taking a pic with Jason Whitlock is like taking a pic with Samuel L. Jackson in “Django”-most people might be perplexed by this act and others will get litty on you and call you a “coon”, “sellout” or even worse. These are the pitfalls of a public life. I accept them.
Let me be clear-the skit and photo were not meant to disrespect Colin’s message or political stance. Rather, we wanted to spoof the media’s treatment of him and the circus that has been created. I understand that Whitlock has been a vocal critic of Colin so the optics of the photo have got me looking crazy. But anyone who knows me knows where I stand on Colin Kaepernick-exactly where he stands. Being born and raised in NYC I grew up seeing and reading about dozens of acts of police brutality. And the same way we know the names of Tamir Rice, Philando Castile and Michael Brown today, I grew up knowing the same fate had come to Eleanor Bumpurs, Amadou Diallo, and Abner Louima. Sadly, little has changed.
Over the years I have collected my share of controversial friends. People like Bill Maher, Charlemagne tha God, and a whole host of rappers and actors come quickly to mind. But that doesn’t mean we share the same opinion on all topics. As friends, we have vigorous discussions on sensitive issues and many times we agree to disagree.
Moving forward, I recognize the danger of optics without proper explanation-people race to their own conclusions, good and bad. I also have to accept my part in this controversy-the fact that my rep was taking hits was shocking at first-but I’ve come to a healthy understanding of how some people were dismayed by what went down.
Life moves forward-as always…..and so shall I. Shout to my fam and friends that always hold me down and support me-your calls and texts were real and much needed. As for the fans that have supported me over the years, I would like to assure you that I haven’t become some different person. I look forward to the future-thanx for reading my manifesto.
Peace, Christopher “Kid” Reid