A 14-year-old from Atlanta, Royce Mann, delivered a slam poem called “White Boy Privilege” in a school competition, a video of which had gone viral.
Mann attends Paideia school in Druid Hills. While delivering the poem to his class during a school competition in May, he talked about the privileges of being a white teen growing up in a well-to-do family.
He called his situation, “Awesome!”
Royce Mann flamboyantly projects the racial, gender and socioeconomic differences that exist between white boys like him and the ones in marginalized communities. The 8th grader eloquently described why white men and boys should acknowledge how they benefit from this privilege.
In his piece, the eighth grader makes the argument that he already has an advantage in life by being white and male. He mentioned that he is in a more advantageous position compared to women, people of color, and other marginalized communities.
The 14-year-old admitted that it’s not white boys from the eighth grade who created the system; however, they benefit from it every day.
In his message, he talks about anti-racial inclusivity, while making this world a better and more just place to live in.
“It’s time to take that ladder and turn it into a bridge,” he said.
The video of Royce Mann’s performance has been shared all over social media and has crossed 150,000 views on YouTube. Although the clip was uploaded late June, his argument is still timely, said Refinery29.
Now that there is a wave of anti-racism flooding in the wake of last week’s shootings in Baton Rouge, the video is being circulated again on social media.
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