‘White Boy Privilege’ — 8th Grader’s Slam Poem Goes Viral

WASHINGTON — Eighth-grader Royce Mann performed a heated, incentive-laced slam poem as part of a school competition this spring. He won first place.

The poem, entitled “White Boy Privilege,” is almost certain to touch a nerve, for good or bad. Many are hailing the poem by Mann, 14, as a beautiful, heartfelt acknowledgment of racial and sexual disparities in the United States. Others are ripping it as a racist diatribe that promotes generalizations and stereotypes.

There has been more positive acclaim than negative thus far, it appears, though the video has nearly as many negative reactions as positive.

Watch the video and decide for yourself. As always, avoid the comments section if you click through to YouTube.

Warning: There is harsh language in the video.

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