Teen’s ‘white boy privilege’ slam poem wins school competition

Teen’s ‘white boy privilege’ slam poem wins school competition
Image: YouTube screen grab (via Sheri Mann Stewart)

[Ed. – Adorable. It’s got profanity and everything.]

An Atlanta eighth-grader’s “White Boy Privilege” slam poem recorded at an end of school event is gaining acclaim from social justice warriors, and providing insight into how race issues are framed in public schools.

Royce Mann, 14, took first place at an end of the year slam poem contest at The Paideia School this year and a YouTube video of his rant “White Boy Privilege” is now going viral online, RollingOut.com reports.

In the video, Mann – a white boy – apologizes to black people, Asian Americans, Native Americans, immigrants and “everyone who isn’t a middle or upper class white boy.”

“I have started life on the top of the ladder while you were born on the first rung,” Mann said. “I say now that I would change places with you in an instant, but if given the opportunity, would I?



“I’m just saying that I’m f**kin’ privileged and I’m not willing to give that away. I love it because I can say ‘f**kin’ and not one of you is attributing that to the fact that everyone with my skin color has a dirty mouth,” he said.

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