Zennie Abraham’s Live Vlog Response To Oakland Councilmember Loren Taylor’s Institutionally Racist Text To Him

This unhappy story began as a result of I dare criticize District 6 Oakland City Councilmember Loren’s fixed promotion of the San Francisco Chronicle, and his insistence on pushing his legislative agenda when Oakland companies want the City of Oakland to implement AB-464, which permits Oakland and California cities to boost billions to supply help to enterprise. You would suppose the City of Oakland could be throughout that laws earlier than it handed, proper? No.

Yet, Oakland claims its serving to individuals. Right. Oakland’s elected officers do under no circumstances do something to reshape the market to assist these least lucky. We did with Redevelopment and Tax Increment Financing within the twentieth Century, however not immediately.

I lengthy suspected Councilmember Taylor was not concerned about black tech, and furthermore a black media persona who owns his personal tech startup and who will be vital of the Oakland authorities and politicians. Rather than need to take care of currying favor with me, Loren would fairly flip to white media for fake-objective takes that make him look good.

What he texted to me reveals that. He wrote this to me out of the blue:

Loren. Your message is insulting and nasty. You revealed your self as not an excellent individual.

Think about it. You use social media continuously to advertise the San Francisco Chronicle. In different phrases YOU DO THE WORK TO PROMOTE THEM. They paying you?

Your promotion of that publication is so frequent that any logically considering individual would surmise you feed story concepts to it.

You additionally do the work to advertise your self on social media. Not black social media. Not my platform however Facebook and Instagram. The platforms created by white individuals. Forget Zennie62Media blogs. My agency’s Oakland News Now or Oakland News Online. Forget Morgan De Baun and Blavity.

You obtained an actual subject with blacks in media tech. That a lot is obvious. Clue in Pal: there aren’t quite a lot of us. The taking part in discipline just isn’t equal as a lot as you try to painting in any other case in your textual content. Indeed its unhappy you even suppose that method.

But in relation to me producing work that can assist you, my publication NEVER RECEIVED the identical remedy as you gave and provides the San Francisco Chronicle. Not as soon as. And you name me lazy. Seriously. You simply did that.

Then you utilize the time period journalist as in the event you perceive media and but to an individual, who’s black, ME, who just isn’t solely the author of textual content however the creator of the web site design and the coder of the pages, and the supervisor of his personal devoted server, and the negotiator of sponsorship offers, the supervisor of vloggers and bloggers, the CEO of Zennie62Media, an actual reside tech startup Delaware c-corp of which I personal 68 p.c and my pricey Mom owns 10 p.c. ME. As if you recognize media higher than I do. LOL.

And I made an organization to permit me to work and assist my 86-year-old mom, whom your textual content fully forgot about. Meanwhile I’ve three jobs: Mom, Company, and me. Do you present any respect for that? No. None. Wow.

Oakland Post? Hell, Paul Cobb employed me in 2016 to enhance his web site’s SEO. I did by 300 p.c. I additionally obtained the yen to start out my very own new tech oriented weblog to upend institutionally racist Oakland! That was Oakland News Now.

And I’m the primary to make an Oakland weblog in 2004, the primary YouTube Partner Channel in 2006, and the creator of probably the most stand-alone information web sites about Oakland in Oakland’s historical past.

As a blogger at SF Chronicle’s SFGATE.com, I generated MORE TRAFFIC than some other individual or part of the ENTIRE web site in 2010. 26 million web page views. Doubt it? Typical. Ask Phil Bronstein the famed Executive Editor of SF Chronicle as a result of he advised me personally. He additionally really helpful SFGATE rent me as a advisor. The editors by no means did and employed an individual to run it that the hiring editor (not Bronstein) advised me (very first thing out of his mouth) was ” actually enticing ” after I requested why she was chosen to run SFGATE.com.

I additionally set up and code my very own net safety, Pal. My Oakland News Now weblog has been attacked as a lot as 1.45 million instances in 45 days main as much as final 12 months’s election. Never labored as soon as.

And the San Francisco Chronicle HIRED a hacker to take down Oakland News Now in 2018. Why? Because it went after my shopper Maria Ayerdi Kaplan. She employed my agency to counter the SF Chronicle which was telling unhealthy and false tales about her. There ought to be a statue of her up at Salesforce Transit Center immediately.

Journalism. HA. You say that in a tragic try to connect your self to a white establishment.

Aa I suspected you’re one among “us” who can’t stand when one other of us dares to ascertain his personal group and remake a practice- on this case, media. In this case me. You simply need to be a crab barrel and pull of us like me down. That’s usually Oakland, Loren.

Its no surprise you may’t settle for my 33 years of financial growth expertise within the case of Howard Terminal. And hey brother, I obtained my masters diploma at the perfect planning college on the planet, Cal Berkeley.

You suppose you may pull me down into your crab barrel?

Well that’s not taking place.

The form of media you prize, white massive media , is uneconomical and unsustainable. It take a ton of cash to supply after which few learn it.

My media has low overhead and excessive income returns. I even tried to get you concerned in it however from what I now see as your racist remedy of me as some interloper , stopped you from seeing the worth in what TECH I BUILT! Then you proceeded to mishandle it. Now I understand your actions as deliberate.

Remember this: The Legendary Oakland Post Founder and Publisher Tom Berkeley was proper when he advised me that black of us are combating a warfare on two fronts: info and legislation. He stated that as he was exhibiting me his legislation library and his printing press in 1997.

Now, its additionally clear that we’re combating a warfare in opposition to these of us who don’t need us to have the power to combat that warfare.

Not an excellent individual. You’re not an excellent individual Loren.

In all my years no elected official has ever written something to me so nasty.

But I’m glad you probably did. Thanks for revealing your true self. Thanks for exhibiting me the true City of Oakland. Once once more. Just this time from a black Oakland Councilmember.


It’s a tragic day, however for me an uplifting one. I do know who’s in opposition to me and the very only a few black of us on the planet who set up their very own media firms. Sadly, it’s different black of us, like Councilmember Taylor. A democrat.

Stay tuned.

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