As a cigar dangled from his lips, island native Brian Harris had reason to celebrate: he’s the proud father of brand-new son Christopher Paul Harris who was born May 29 at 10:30 a.m. The baby’s mom, Tatiana August, is doing fine.
Christopher took time to chat with Humans of Galveston about his hopes, dreams and concerns for his son’s future in today’s socially volatile climate. Here’s what he had to say:
Humans: Given the racially charged incidents we see too often targeting black men, what is your wish for your son?
BH: That he be successful, be better than me and make the family proud. You know, help people, help his family, help people that need help.
Humans: How are you going to help him to do that?
BH: I’ve got instill good morals in him, man. Got to show him a good way of life. In a time like this, it’s easy to be discouraged but you’ve to keep your head up, keep it level and stay humble.
Humans: Who has been the biggest influence on your life, that you can carry that on to your son?
BH: My biggest influence has been my grandfather, Floyd Douglas Sr. He passed away in 1991. He was the rock of the family. He paid the bills. He kept everybody in line. No matter how big or strong you were, you had respect for him.
Humans: Did he raise you?
BH: No, I was raised by mom and dad.
Humans: What closing thoughts would you like to share?
BH: It’s so deep, man. Before I go (die) I just want to make an impact. To help people that need my help. Ain’t nothing like helping people, man. And that’s what I’m here for. If you can’t help nobody, then what you here for?
When you’re gone, you’re gone. You can’t leave no impact until you’re gone. You live through your legacy. When I’m gone, my children will be here. That’s my legacy. They’ve got their own goals, but at the end of the day I’m going to instill what I can.
Humans: What do you think is the irony that we happen to be standing here next to the American flag?
BH: We live in a country that persecutes us and treats us like second-class citizens. But we still represent. We still provide, we still live, we pay our taxes and we try to be productive citizens.