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‘White Boy Privilege’ Slam Poet Royce Mann Speaks Out

first_img By Catherine Boyd and Arlena McClentonRoyce Mann is a 14-year-old student at Atlanta’s Paideia High School whose poem about white privilege has gone completely viral with more than half a million views on YouTube. But he says the irony is pretty clear. “It’s a little sad knowing that if I wasn’t my race or even my gender maybe that I wouldn’t have gone viral.”Royce’s poem, which he says was inspired by a class about race, class and gender at Paideia, discusses white privilege and how it affects women and people of color — basically anyone who isn’t a “middle class white boy.”  The poem also expresses hope for equality in the future.We sat down with Royce while he was recording the slam poem he’d originally written as various media outlets stood by. We wanted to figure out his motivation for creating his poem and how it leaves a mark of understanding not only on people of color, but on white people as well. “I want people who disagree with me to see that video,” Royce said. “If I could get 10 of those people to start rethinking their views, and maybe start seeing it from my point of view, too, and from people who are of a different race than them and a different gender, then I would have accomplished something.”To listen to Royce’s poem, click here. The poem contains some explicit language.Catherine Boyd, 19, is an intern/reporter who loves Chinese food and stalking super villains with pitch forks.Arlena​ ​McClenton​, 19, ​is​ ​a​ ​rising​ ​sophomore​ ​at​ ​Barnard​ ​College.​ ​She​ ​loves​ ​writing, ​reading and exploring the city​.​ This story was published at VOXAtl.com, Atlanta’s home for uncensored teen publishing and self-expression. For more about the nonprofit VOX, visit www.voxatl.org. Share ‘It’s Fractured’: Georgia Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan On Healing Republican Party For Whom The Bell Rings Related Stories Add to My List In My List Legal Advocate Discusses Medical Abuse At Shut Down Georgia ICE Facility last_img read more