Alexis Marie: Former Stuyvesant HS Student Posts Video in Response to Racist Rappers

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by Dr. Boyce Watkins, Syracuse UniversityScholarship in Action 

Alexis Marie, the girl who posted the video of the white students at Stuyvesant HS who rapped about their disdain for black people, issued a statement regarding why she posted the video. 

In her remarks, Alexis states clearly that she was seeking to use the video to encourage “elite” high schools to have conversations about race relations.  Her statement is very intelligent and effectively delivered, especially for a young woman her age.  I personally applaud Alexis for having the courage to speak up and take a stand on issues like this one. 

As I mentioned in my article on the topic, schools like Stuyvesant High School (whose student body is only two percent African American in a city that is 70 percent black and brown) need to step up to the plate and realize that the racism being displayed by these students is merely a reflection of the same disrespect being shown by the adults around them.  The only difference is that the teenagers are silly enough to rap about their true feelings.

You can watch Alexis’ video by clicking here, in case you can’t see the embedded version below.

 

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