Royce Mann, an eighth-grader from Atlanta, wrote and performed a slam poem that explains the racial, socioeconomic, and gender discrepancies people of color face in America:
In the poem, Mann says, “I’m just saying, I fucking love being privileged. I’m not ready to give that away. I love it, because I can say ‘fucking’ and not one of you is attributing that to the fact that everyone of my skin color has a dirty mouth.”
"I say now that I would change places with you in an instant, but if given the opportunity, would I? Probably not, because to be honest, being privileged is awesome."
He touches on the racial injustice people of color have faced with police brutality.
"To be honest, I'm scared of what it would be like if I wasn't on the top realm. If the tables were turned and I didn't have my white boy privilege safety blanket to protect me ... if I lived a life in which when I failed, the world would say, 'Told you so.'"
"When I was born, I had a success story already written. You were given a pen with no paper."
And calls out the fact that we don't live in an equal country due to all of these disparities.
And after absolutely slaying all of our lives so eloquently, Mann concluded by saying, "I get that change can be scary, but equality shouldn't be ... It's time to let go of that fear. It's time to take that ladder and turn it into a bridge."