With news of Andrew Gillum, Stacey Abrams and Ben Jealous' political success, it's clear that more and more African-Americans are fighting for their voices to be heard through political office.
One of the more recent Black candidates to come forward is Minnesota native Kyle Greene. Unlike the other politicians mentioned, Greene decided to use one of the most controversial words in Black culture to help raise awareness about his campaign.
Greene, an organic farmer, created a seemingly normal campaign video until he boldly proclaimed, "I want to be your state representative, I want to be your public servant and I want to be your n*gger."
After garnering a slew of backlash online and being dubbed "Donkey of the Day" by Charlamagne Tha God, Green, who is an independent, opened up about his use of the n-word during an interview with the Minneapolis Star Tribune. "We need to unify as a society, and we need to stop dealing with trivial matter."
According to Greene, the n-word is "part of the American history, regardless of the race... It's part of my history being African-American, white and Cherokee Indian."
People were rightfully offended by Greene's use of the n-word. Take a look at what social media had to say below:
"I'm Kyle Greene, and I'm the damn fool who approved this message." https://t.co/JKAmAivtCT— Tony Pizza (@trivialtony) August 30, 2018
Kyle Greene from MN... pic.twitter.com/wPrIytmKij— Ali Unruly (@ali_farah85) August 31, 2018
WAY-MENT??!!! The bigger question is ... Who in the HELLMAN’s mayonnaise approved that Kyle Greene add? @breakfastclubam— Marie Delinois (@marnyles) August 31, 2018
SOMEBODY NEEDS TO PUNCH THIS FOOL IN THE THROAT!: “I want to be your state representative. I want to be your public servant. And I want to be your nigger," Kyle Greene, an independent, said in his first campaign commercial, which has been posted to... https://t.co/8KIp4VN5vr— J Bernard Jones (@JBernardJones) August 30, 2018
Kyle Greene is running independent & uncontested in Minnesota don't let him win on a trying to be "your nigga or nigger" platform!🤬 I'm not clear,🤷🏾♀️still in shock, regardless of his multiracial background, I👂no positive changes he's making!🤪https://t.co/l6YnlYiKTR— Divalicious (@Addvok8r) September 1, 2018
So we have a Minnesota State Rep Candidate Kyle Greene who says he wants to be my “nigger” in his new Ad.— Headmo (@Headmo) August 31, 2018
Now you know he has no black in him, if this genius wouldve said ‘Nigga’ instead of ‘Nigger’, he just mightve gotten my vote. https://t.co/qTNeuoFyeH
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