This Poet's Powerful Explanation Of 'Black Privilege' Will Give You Chills

This Poet's Powerful Take On ‘Black Privilege' Will Give You Chills

“Black privilege is a myth, is a joke, is a punchline, is a time a teacher asks a little boy what he wanted to be when he grew up and he said alive.”

This is just one of the chilling and painfully honest statements poet Crystal Valentine delivered at the finals of the 2015 College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational in April.

In a video published to YouTube last week, Valentine -- a talented performer, activist and student at New York University -- powerfully expressed the raw emotions and experiences of what she feels being black in America means today through a poem titled “Black Privilege.”

“Black privilege is me having already memorized my nephew’s eulogy, my brother’s eulogy, my father’s eulogy, my unconceived child’s eulogy,” she recited. “Black privilege is me thinking my sister’s name is safe from that list.”

Valentine is one of six performing poets who represented NYU at the poetry slam. The team ultimately won the competition -- meanwhile, Valentine won our hearts and she’ll win yours, too.

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