I Feel Like I Let The Black Community Down Cory Wharton Apologizes To Fans After Controversial Comment

Cory Wharton says he let the black community down after saying he does not know what it’s like to be black. How fans and Teen Mom Star Cheyenne Floyd are responding after his apology.

Benny Adams

AfterBuzz TV Host & Writer
Posted On: June 3rd, 2020 5:45 pm pst

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Cory Wharton is apologizing after catching a lot of heat for saying on Instagram live that he does not know what it’s like to be black, because he’s biracial.

“I don’t know what it’s like to be black, I will never say I know what it’s like to be black, because I am biracial, I am mixed, I am white and I am black.” Said Wharton on Friday.

This was all in response to The Black Live Matters movement, and the protests going on across the country due to the death of George Floyd while in police custody. 

Since Cory’s Instagram Live, many people haven’t been too happy with The Challenge Star saying they were shocked those words came out of his mouth.

On Saturday, Wharton took to Instagram Live to issue an apology not only to his fans, but to Teen Mom Star, and mother to his daughter Ryder, Cheyenne Floyd –

“I just wanted to hop on here and apologize, I know people’s opinion and what not, they’ve already formed and that’s fine. I own up to what I said. What I said was not right.”

Credit: Cory Wharton’s Instagram

On Monday he issued another apology via an Instagram post saying in part, “I feel like I let the black community down. This is a lesson that I needed In order to see that education is key.” Wharton said.

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The last couple of days I’ve been gathering my thoughts.. I am taking a stance and trying to use my platform in a positive way to encourage others too. I wanna start off by saying sorry. I am terribly HURT and feel like I let the black community down. This is a lesson that I needed in order to see that education is key. I am taking those steps so that I do not misspeak again. I talked to the people closest to me, including my father about the importance of racism, and social injustices. I also want to say that I am by no means blind to the many injustices that impact Black lives. I hope to lend resources to support causes that will work to end police violence and killings of Black men and women. I plan to access resources and have further conversations about race, racial identity and equity. My message got lost during my live. To be honest, it can be confusing for myself because I was raised by my mother who is white and I never want to disrespect her. I am learning that it‘s okay to embrace my culture without causing hurt to others. At the end of the day, I said things that I don’t honestly believe. I spoke out of wanting to quickly react and I ended up causing more harm than being helpful. It was irresponsible and I want to own that. I will be working through the complexity of my issues regarding race and get clearer on how I articulate them. I am a Black man. As a Black father I will continue to educate myself so that I can have the tools to educate my daughters about their heritage too. I am proud of who I am and never want that to be questioned. I saw this opportunity to speak out about something I feel STRONGLY about since A LOT of others are staying silent. It’s time to take ACTION! I WANT JUSTICE FOR GEORGE FLOYD! BLACK LIVES MATTER! I promise to be better ✊🏽

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Since Cory’s latest post, many have come forward to show support including Cheyenne. 

“To be this transparent in front of so many people takes courage. I am proud of you and the man you strive to become for your daughters.” Said Floyd.

Cory is one of many Challengers stepping up to fight for a change when it comes to the Black Lives Matter Movement. 

We here at AfterBuzz are in full support of the Black Lives Matter movement, so please continue to tune in to our network daily for more coverage!

About The Author:

Benny Adams is a Producer, entertainment Journalist, and host in Los Angeles. He studied broadcast journalism at California State University Northridge.

Founded by Emmy winning journalist Maria Menounos and Producer Keven Undergaro, artist-friendly AfterBuzz TV is the world’s largest digital broadcast network and pop culture news platform, producing post-game ‘after-shows’ for nearly all favorite TV shows, interviewing cast and showrunners and providing the widest video, audio and article coverage of shows, content and influencers than any entertainment news platforms in existence

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