by Troy Williams

Troy Williams – Photo: Uncommon Law

It is with deep regret that I announce I am stepping down as editor of the SF Bay View newspaper. I stepped into the position with a great vision, no financial support and a host of challenges. Primarily speaking, without financial support there is very little that could really be done. I exhausted my personal savings as well as allowed my own production company and sole means of financial support to nearly crumble.

The toll on me has been more than financial. It has been emotional. I stand on the front lines of this movement to uplift the voices of those most marginalized, disenfranchised and underrepresented. Daily I watch, almost helplessly, as younger generations are swept away and set up for the same fate of imprisonment. For years I have watched others work so diligently to save our community from corporate and government greed only to lose their own to the streets.

Yes, I know that sacrifices must be made, but as a wise man once told me years ago, “If you can’t take care of you, you can’t take care of your own. And if you can’t take care of your own, then there is very little that you can do for someone else.”

I made a promise to myself years ago. I promised that I would never forsake my children again. I promised that I would stay in the struggle until my last breath. And I promised to never forget where I came from. Half of my life has been spent inside prison walls so there are things that I can never forget. And after all is said and done, I am left with an overwhelming need to balance health and strength with vision and purpose.

It is with deep regret that I announce I am stepping down as editor of the SF Bay View newspaper.

I will share more in the upcoming months and will keep you aware of my continued efforts to work for change. But for now, please accept my humble departure as editor of the SF Bay View newspaper.

I leave with gratitude to Willie and Mary Ratcliff for the opportunity to sit at the helm of an historic paper that continues to work so hard for people. I am sending big love and respect to all those I have worked with over the past months. Thank you for your support.

With that said, it should be known that the SF Bay View is in dire need of financial support. I urge you that if there is something you can do to support the paper, please do so.

It should be known that the SF Bay View is in dire need of financial support. I urge you that if there is something you can do to support the paper, please do so.

One love.

Sincerely,

Troy Williams

Keep up with Troy on his Facebook page and his website, www.troywilliamsjournal.com.

10 COMMENTS

  1. You let your personal finances go to ruin by being an editor of this trashy website? Make better choices. And learn how to multitask.

  2. "I exhausted my personal savings as well as allowed my own production company and sole means of financial support to nearly crumble." That implies ruin, sorry if I'm mistaken. Also, it seems like you are trying to harbor sympathy for your financial situation. Is your goal with this article to get donations for your production company? What I'm really saying is, we don't need a full on reason why you're leaving. Just say you're leaving for personal reasons and be done with! No one likes a boohoo whiner.

      • Because this trashy publication gives our community a bad name. The writers admire people like Icky and Mario Woods. And we have editors who try to solicit money, trash! You guys prey on the uneducated and turn them against public servants and each other. Want to stop seeing our people get killed by cops and be poor all the time? Try parenting instead of hitting and yelling. Try making school/education cool instead of gang banging.

        • Who are u talking too, you guys? I have 2 articles published as a student editor writing about young hip hop artists who support the community thru their music. I think your mistaken and truly angry about something else. If you don’t like the Bayview that’s fine, leave your opinion to yourself.

        • Who are you to decide what does or doesn’t give or community a bad name? And why do you care? If your really care why insult me? Contact me off-line and let’s talk? But hurling insults is not good for either of us.

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