Finally, a real apology

Michael Arceneaux
4 min readApr 11

It took Daniel Caesar a few years, but he’s apologized for that 2019 Instagram Live rant.


I like when people apologize — especially when they actually seem to mean it.

Back in 2019, Daniel Caesar went on Instagram live and made the mistake of defending a silly white woman that constantly used to find herself in the the center of an online Black uproar.

During an Instagram Live session, Caesar came to the defense of social media personality YesJulz, who had been accused of being a culture vulture. Around that same time, YesJulz appeared on the “Easily Offended” podcast and spoke about the time she posted a picture of a “N*gg*s lie a lot” t-shirt asking if she should wear it to a festival.

I don’t know who made her comfortable enough to both think and say something that fucking stupid, but understandably, it pissed a lot of Black folks off and they let her have it on every corner of the internet.

Caesar took umbrage with that, which is his right I guess, but he — admittedly “drunk as fuck” — went on his Live and asked his Black fans why they were being “so mean” to white people.

Let him tell it at the time, Black people were “being sensitive.”

“Why are we being so mean to Julz?” Caesar asked in his live. “Why are we being so mean to white people right now? That’s a serious question. Why is it that we’re allowed to be disrespectful and rude to everybody else and when anybody returns any type of energy to us. That’s not equality. I don’t wanna be treated like I can’t take a joke.”

He continued:

“White people have been mean to us in the past. What are you gonna do about that? Tell me what you’re gonna do about that. There’s no answer other than creating understanding and keeping it moving. That’s some biblical shit. You have to bridge the gap.

Are we winning right now as a culture? Are we popular in society? We’re not. And you can’t win the game by choosing to not accept the winning team’s strategy.”

Michael Arceneaux

New York Times bestselling author of “I Can’t Date Jesus” and “I Don’t Want To Die Poor.”