Sometimes – often – a child will say something so perfectly that you wonder why adults, on the whole, don’t get it. This is one of those times.
Royce Mann, 8th grader from Atlanta, Georgia, USA, wrote and performed this slam poem as part of a school competition.
“Dear women, I’m sorry.
Dear black people, I’m sorry.
Dear Asian-Americans, dear Native Americans, dear immigrants who came here seeking a better life, I’m sorry.
Dear everyone who isn’t a middle or upper-class white boy, I’m sorry.
I have started life on the top of the ladder while you were born on the first rung.”
Royce, quite rightly, took first place.
Ka pai, Royce – go change the world one poem at a time.
Ka pai, Royce’s teachers, for having a class on race and gender and helping people understand the issues here.
You all give me hope.