Ring of Honor star Shane Taylor was a recent guest on
Talkin Sass with Sassy Stephie on VOC Nation. Taylor
talked about his upbringing, the political and social
climate in todays world, how hard it is to be successful
growing up in a high crime area, and much more. Here are
On growing up in a rough part of Cleveland: To be able to
think some kids from the east side of Cleveland, Ohio have
gotten to see the world and are on the precipice of being
millionaires some of us its (pretty) wild My story is
why I take the stances that I do and say the things that I
do, especially in todays society I come from a place where
my house was shot up every other week. I come from a place
where there were drug dealers on the corner. I come from a
place where weve had people break into the house. Ive
come from a place where no matter how much your parents
tried, no matter how much they cared, no matter how much
they tried to steer you the right way, they can only do so
much Youre going to get into trouble because youre going
to find people to hang around, (and) more than likely the
wrong people A lot of people that dont come from those
environments dont understand that, would never survive in
that environment, (and) always have the most to say I cant
explain to you how this nation looks from my perspective
because youve never had my perspective.
On police brutality in the black community: I cant
explain to you what police do to us when youve never had
that experience. So you think were lying, you think were
making stuff up, and then low and behold now everything is
being recorded stuff like that is happening all the time.
On living with the trauma of his upbringing: Even now,
having to go through (my upbringing), I live in a pretty
quiet suburb now, but I still dont sleep most nights
because Im wired to stay up and watch my home. I will be
up (on guard), guns ready, just in case somebody decides to
do something stupid. Now the odds of that are slim, but
its how Im wired now. So thats what pushes me so hard to
be so successful, to be able to use my platform and my voice
and be unapologetic for doing so.
On communities working together to help people that have
great talent: For the few of us that made it, it took the
entire community to make that happen. Most people dont
want to be criminals. They dont condone criminality. They
do what they have to (do) to survive on limited options. So
theyll see someone like myself, theyll see that I have
talent in a sport or that Im super smart or anything like
that, and pull you away from BS because you dont need to be
in what theyre in. Theyll pull you away.
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