The White Boy Confessions is the powerful autobiography of Marcus Valdespino and deals with gang life and violence in San Antonio and such controversial subjects as race relations, poverty, and interracial crime . The first 29 years of Valdespino’s life was compelling and tragic. He witnessed his father’s drug dealing to high profile people and Marcus, unfortunately, followed in his footsteps. Valdespino’s story shows the worst of humanity and is chilling in its depiction of sex and violence and heartfelt, poignant and sad in its betrayal of the rite of passage of a young person growing up in this world.
The White Boys Confessions is also extremely powerful in its social and political commentary. There are several layers of the story contained within it that are both frightening and humorous. As white boy operated primarily in an African American environment, Valdespino had to prove his worth beyond a reasonable doubt. Yet, he went from a know nothing white kid of the streets in 1989 to second in command to a drug dealer in charge of a crack cocaine empire. The FEDS were after him and his crew from 1998 to 2000. There were many shoot outs, home invasions, beat downs, violent rapes, police raids, graphic explicit sex, human trafficking and even a murder. Today, all of Valdespino’s friends are in the penitentiary, dead or their whereabouts are unknown. Yet, by some miracle he went unscathed and experienced no penitentiary time. All of Valdespino’s story—the bad and the ugly — is in The White Boy Confessions. It’s story of not just survival but also redemption.
Marcus Valdespino is a native of San Antonio, Texas, and a former sports radio personality on 760 KTKR-The Ticket, covering the San Antonio Spurs and Dallas Cowboys, as well as the national sports scene. He has interviewed dozens of professional athletes and sports figures, including former NFL quarterback and sports analyst Boomer Esiason, Olympian Michael Johnson, Dallas Cowboys former General Manager Tex Schramm, the Cowboys’ current owner and General Manager Jerry Jones, and four-time NBA Champion coach Gregg Popovich, among others.