On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, 39-year-old father and husband Jorge Garcia was deported back to Mexico. A video capturing the moment when Garcia hugs his family goodbye at the airport went viral and eventually came to the attention of rapper Chamillionaire.
After learning about the family’s circumstances, Chamillionaire took matters into his own hands and contacted Garcia’s wife, Cindy. Some people were happy and proud that the rapper was helping an immigrant family in need. However, not everyone responded positively.
Some people didn’t understand why, as a black man, Chamillionaire was helping a Mexican family. Many came into his comments saying Mexicans have a long history of anti-black behavior, and as a result the rapper shouldn’t go out of his way to help the Garcias.
After the negative feedback Chamillionaire received, he posted a public video on Instagram, explaining why he’s decided to help this Mexican immigrant family.
CREDIT: CHAMILLIONAIRE / INSTAGRAM
In the video Chamillionaire says, “I know a lot of ya’ll have been misled 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.”
Contrary to this “toxic narrative,” Chamillionaire went on to list ways Mexican people have helped his music career flourish over time, including the two Mexican producers on one of his biggest hits, “Ridin’ Dirty” and his manager who took the song to the top of the charts. The comments sections in the six videos he’s posted about the situation have been full of back-and-forth discourse on the subject.
Even though Chamillionaire initially wanted to reach out to Garcia’s family in private, having the news go public raised awareness about the case. CREDIT: CHAMILLIONAIRE / INSTAGRAM
Thanks to the story, a GoFundMe Page was set up to help Garcia and his family. With this money being raised, Cindy will have the financial help she needs to pay for all of the legal funds necessary to fix her husband’s immigration status.
As a child of immigrant parents himself, Chamillionaire empathizes with the Garcias and hopes more people will as well.
After all of the feedback Chamillionaire received, these were his final thoughts: CREDIT: CHAMILLIONAIRE / INSTAGRAM
In response to the videos, many agreed that it was okay for him to be helping others as long as he was also helping his own, to which he replied, “A brother been helping. A brother been woke.”
He ends the video with this final thought: “Don’t let evil agendas turn us against each other.”
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