Atlanta teen’s “White Privilege” poem goes viral

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ATLANTA — Since the violence that shook America last week, a poem written and performed by an Atlanta teenager this past spring, has been getting new attention. In fact, it has gone viral.

“White Boy Privilege” was an entry in a school poetry contest.

“To be honest I am scared of what it would be like if i wasn’t on the top rung, if the tables were turned, and I didn’t have my white boy privilege safety blankie to protect me,” Royce Mann recited at the poetry contest.  

Mann’s message was a plea from a 14-year-old white male going to a private school in Atlanta: let everyone share his privileges.

“I love it because when I see a police officer, I see someone who’s on my side,” he recited.

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Mann told CBS News he is just trying to be truthful.

“And that I wouldn’t trade places with anyone,” he said. “Because I think a lot of people aren’t truthful about that.”

Racial divisions seared America last week. After Minnesota and Baton Rouge, Mann’s poem struck a nerve online.

Many loved it. Others attacked him.

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More than eight million people have seen it.

“Everyone should have the privileges that I have,” Mann recited. “Everyone’s story should be written so all they have to do is get it read… I get that change can be scary but equality shouldn’t be…”

Mann said he is not asking anyone to give up their dreams.

“I am not asking anyone to give up their quality,” he said. “When you see something that is wrong, that is discrimination, speak up.”

He finished his poem with talking about fear.

“It’s time to let go of that fear,” he recited. “It’s time to take that ladder and turn it into a bridge.”

Mann won that poetry contest.

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14 thoughts on “Atlanta teen’s “White Privilege” poem goes viral

  1. Submitted for your approval, as further evidence that the short road to race war has always had detours strategically placed by the usual suspects.

    Up ahead, a signpost. Sentimental anecdotes from a child that must be so evident that he in his tender age has recognized it as “fact”. A misdirection that has been created by his mother, an activist. A despicable kike.

    Take that fork in the road by acting on blind hate they have set as a trap for those who are shortfused because of lack of intelligence, and it will take you deeper into the communist zone.

  2. IF HE WERE MINE I WOULD HAVE BEAT HIS ASS FOR BEATING AROUND THE BUSH AND DODGING THE BILL OF RIGHTS… AND BEING WUSSY ENOUGH TO COME UP WITH THAT LINE OF BULLSHIT…… THEN I WOULD HAVE SLAPPED HIS MOM FOR GOOD MEASURE AFTER KICKING THE DOG

  3. “I love it because when I see a police officer, I see someone who’s on my side,” he recited.”

    Communism 101… PROPAGANDA.

    This is the ONLY reason he got any attention…

    “… has been getting new attention. In fact, it has gone viral.”

    ‘Nuff said.

    1. ““I love it because when I see a police officer, I see someone who’s on my side,” he recited.”

      Communism 101… PROPAGANDA.”

      Dammit, #1, you always beat me to it. lol

  4. Yeah! White Privilege!!! WOOOOOOOOO!!! I can’t wait to get some of that.
    Heeeyyyy. Wait a minute. I’m 46. Shouldn’t my white privilege have kicked in by now? I’ve been searching for it my whole life. Kinda like the holy grail….still haven’t found it.
    Maybe it’s like social security. I can’t get my white privilege til I turn 65.
    A shaman Mystic told me I would receive my white privilege upon my death bed. So, at least I have something to look forward to.
    White Privilege in the Afterlife! WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!

      1. I just found out, I can get my white privilege but there’s a bunch of forms I have to fill out. Then, I have to get those forms signed, stamped, notarized, sealed and filed with the proper authorities.
        Then I have to join a secret society, swear an oath to obey Satan, sacrifice some babies and engage in some pedophilia, help destroy the country and enslave the populace physically, mentally and monetarily.

        Nope. The white privilege isn’t worth it. It’s a good thing I’m lazy.

  5. The poem sucks, so obviously, you’re only hearing about it because it serves a political agenda.

    There are a lot more than 8 million idiots in this country, so things of this nature are no surprise.

  6. It was my white privilege to grow up poor, to receive a poor public education and to have so many nightmarish stories from my childhood, even the hood rats would cringe. It was my white privilege that drove me to bust my ass to escape poverty and make something of my life. It was my white privilege that had me working at age 15 and then later, working full time to pay for going to school full time. Upon my graduation, it was my white privilege that helped me get the first job of my professional career at a whopping $4.25 per hour in 1989, over $2.00 dollars per hour less than my cooking job.

    Indeed, my white privilege has served me so well, that even today, after decades of hard work, strife and injury, that I still enjoy more hard work, strife and working with the pain of old injury. Sure, I have managed to acquire a nice middle class home, a reliable new vehicle and financial security, but I can tell you this; it has sh!t to do with any privilege and I have never been given anything. Someone slap this little brat back into reality. What a fekkin con-job!

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