But this week, Sacca ventured out of his comfort zone when he posted on his firm's official blog --
Sacca's post, "A few thoughts on race, America, and our President," unleashed a flurry of responses on social media outlets, including valleywag.gawker.com, mrconservative.com and Twitter.
Sacca's passionate post took exception to his country, its leader and
"We are a nation at war with itself," it stated. "We jail our black men, and women, and boys. (Our Hispanic population isn't far behind.) We punish our poor. We have militarized our police. We selectively uphold our Constitution. 'Justice for All' is a propagandist relic."
But what drew the wrath of many was another part of his post.
"Now before you label me as one-sided on this issue, let me say from what I have seen, it appears
The explosive paragraph brought a torrent of comments, and according to some experts, it showed how the soapbox role of social media can be dangerous.
Sacca's post on such an issue, Karlis said, could be a costly one.
"It's almost like a raw wound. For Sacca to go comment on it, being a cult figure in the social media world -- much like we would look to
Valleywag, a Gawker Media blog with gossip and news about
"[It] is a character judgment, and in a world where too many men with guns think that they can judge the character of people of color and then summarily execute them on our streets, that is not just offensive, it is dangerous."
Comments calling out Sacca on his word choice are part of the drill for those who comment online, said Karlis.
"It starts out with something innocuous, and then people -- we call them trolls -- will go in and stir up a debate and it goes from an intelligent, informed discussion to subjectivity and opinion. They like to see chaos. They like to stir up the muck. They like to see the world burn."
Comments on other sites were restrained.
Social media can make or break someone's life in the span of one day, said Karlis.
Sacca's post became a story on the
When Sacca speaks, the world of social media will continue to listen, said Samantha Nephew, president of Social Media Club Buffalo.
"Sacca won't hurt from it," Nephew said in an emailed response. "He's a venture capitalist who took a noble stand and I find it commendable. However, this is the Internet and it's almost like it should be expected that people will easily take bits and pieces [out of context] to create drama."
The post could work against Sacca because of its subject matter, Karlis said.
"He took a definitive stand on something that is a very enduring and controversial topic in America, and that's race relations," he said. "Because he did this, it may affect him in a business realm. It depends if this keeps on gaining traction."
Sacca, who splits his time between
"I don't think children's success is attributable to parents,"
KC Sacca is a retired professor in the special-education departments of SUNY Buffalo State and the University at
In declining to comment,
"I don't think that would be fair to Chris. My son can speak for himself."
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