Prosecutor and Tik-Tok famous “Chef Way,” also known as Waymond Wesley II, announced his resignation from the Harris County District Attorney’s office on Tuesday in the wake of backlash against his racist and insensitive tweets about Black women.
Waymond Wesley has left the Harris County District Attorney’s Office following criticism and mounting pressure over resurfaced offensive tweets about Black women with dark skin.
Wesley is known for various tweets from 2015-2016 that spew hate predominantly for dark-skinned Black women.
Wesley acknowledged that it’s been a “painful” time for many people but said he has wanted to express his regret and provide context since the offensive remarks first went viral.
In an Instagram post, Wesley wrote a lengthy statement about his departure and rehabilitation that included an apology to Black women.
“Although the leadership at the DA’s office and I believed a path forward was possible at the outset of this situation, it has grown clear that my presence is becoming a distraction,But once I saw that my presence at the DA’s Office was becoming larger than the office itself and the ability of Black women, in particular, to feel protected, I knew the only correct course of action was to resign and allow the healing process to begin.”
Wesley posted many hateful tweets using the now-defunct @WaymoTheGod account, many of which targeted Black women with dark skin. In one tweet from 2015, Wesley opined, “I see no difference,” comparing a Black woman to a trash landfill.
“On Twitter from 2015-2016, there was a sick trend that targeted and trolled Black women to gain attention and followers,” Wesley said in his statement Tuesday. “Unfortunately, I joined this trend. Alcoholism destroyed me mentally, spiritually, and physically. I do not hate Black women. I have never hated Black women.”