In the midst of a heated election debate, a music critic who has taken heat for criticising a Mexican spice restaurant said she has received threatening phone calls, threats of violence and even death threats.
Travis Williams, the president of the Jazz and Heritage Society of Jamaica, wrote a piece for the New York Times magazine in June about a Mexican restaurant that was among several businesses targeted by anti-immigrant groups during the presidential campaign.
Williams has been outspoken in his criticism of the Trump administration and its policies, and in recent weeks has been a vocal critic of the Republican nominee.
His comments have caused some political commentators and journalists to label him a racist.
“This is not the first time that I have been accused of racism, I will continue to work in order to show that I am not,” Williams told CNN’s “New Day” in an interview that aired on Monday.
He also defended the use of the word “racist” by the media.
Williams said the term has come up in his conversations with reporters, and he also said he is “absolutely not racist.”
He said he was speaking out in order “to make people aware that there are people out there who are racist.”
“It is not about me, it is about the world,” he said.
“I have had many, many people telling me I am a racist, and that I should not be speaking out about it.
And so I am very conscious that people are going to be angry, and I am going to continue to speak out.”
The Times reported that in an email sent by Williams to staff in June, he said he had received “a flood of racist comments.”
Williams wrote that he had been told by the police that “they [police] have been called to the address and are there looking for me.”
He also said in the email that the police officers “are extremely rude to people who are trying to get them to take down the video,” adding that he “never asked for any money.”
The newspaper also reported that Williams had written to the police and the National Association of Black Journalists, asking them to stop harassing him and to “make sure I do not continue to receive threats.”
Williams also wrote that the “racist, homophobic, Islamophobic, xenophobic, transphobic, misogynistic, bigoted, and other vitriolic, threatening and anti-Semitic messages that have been posted to my Twitter account have been very threatening to me.”
“I’m tired of it,” he wrote.
“I’m sick of being attacked.”
Williams’ comments came after a video surfaced showing him arguing with a Mexican businessman.
Williams also made headlines in August, when he took a stand against a woman who accused him of rape and assault in New York.
He wrote in an article for the Huffington Post that the woman was “an obnoxious, uneducated, unprofessional and unprofessional human being” and that she had “failed to make me feel safe and respected.”
Williams called on the media to condemn her.
“She is a human being.
I’m not going to sit here and be intimidated, and so I want to do the right thing, because she’s a human,” he told HuffPost in an August interview.”
That is the kind of thing that people say when they have the gall to say something that they disagree with,” he added.