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This Teen Got A Standing Ovation For Her High School Presentation On White Privilege

And now she's being asked to speak at other schools.

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This is Robin, a photographer and senior in high school in Atlanta.


Robin runs a club at her high school called the People of Color Union, which is focused on talking about injustices that affect different cultures across the world.

"We all sit and learn to understand one another," she told BuzzFeed News.

Yesterday, Robin gave a presentation in her speech class on the reality of white privilege.

Last night was amazing! Had so much fun displaying my photography! Thank you again P! 💗🌹

"It's one of my favorite classes," she said.

Did you know that my teacher actually encouraged me about this topic and agreed with me and she is a white woman :)


Shortly after her speech, Robin tweeted a picture of herself in front of her opening slide – "White Privilege Does Exist".

"[Our teacher] tells us the area where we should create our topics and we all create our own individual ideas," she told BuzzFeed News. "She told our class we had to do an informational speech so I was like, 'Hey, why not discuss this with my class.'"

Robin's speech was mostly vocal with few slides. "I didn't want to feel like I would be reading a monotone script," she said. Robin covered the way white privilege affects our society, focusing on the definition of white privilege and where it originated.

"[White privilege] affects our daily society in our magazines ... children are also influenced and I used the doll test as a reference," she said. "We live in a Eurocentric society."

Robin says her speech was met with an "extreme round of applause", and that her classmates were all "really proud" of her.

I got a standing ovation after I said my speech.

"When I was about to do my presentation and I had to get it on the screen my teacher, a white woman, said she loved my topic and agreed that it does exist," she said.

The tweet has already been retweeted more than 20,000 times with thousands of people applauding her.

I'll come to your school.

"The response overall has been good," she said. "I've gotten a few hate tweets but mostly it's people saying they love me and are proud of me and they want me to go to their school and talk to them.

"There was only one kid [in class] who said that he felt hurt when other races say it's all white people, but he later said he never saw his life like that and that it really informed him how our society is."

Robin hopes to work as a creative director when she's older, or become a business lawyer.

"I just want to be successful and a voice for people of color," she said.

Brad Esposito is a news reporter for BuzzFeed and is based in Sydney, Australia.

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