November 18, 2016
Image courtesy of Taylor Amari Little Facebook
Written by Mike Orie of TheConsciousTip.com
In less than 24 hours, a college student's presentation "White People Stay Colonizing" has gone viral and it's sparking a lot of controversy.
When Taylor Amari Little posted a photo of her class presentation, she had no idea it would garner this much attention. The current Criminology and Criminal Justice major at Eastern Michigan University posted a photo with the caption "One day I feel like my professors just gon stop letting me do presentations." It was enough to get people talking instantly. After amassing over 4,000 shares on Facebook, Little would shortly after release the video of her class presentation.
Shortly after releasing the clip on YouTube, it was clear that Taylor Amari Little caused lots of controversy, making some either extremely uncomfortable or completely in agreement. Some popular comments included the following:
YouTube Profile Matt Gutro Says: So let me get this straight, black people murder the English language, that whites invented, and then a white person ironically says "that sh*t was fire" it is somehow negatively affecting blacks?
Youtube Profile SLJ Music Says: It's weird how racists purposely watch things that make them feel threatened, and then react thusly. Why are y'all even here. Tay this is just as dope as the pic that broke the internet. Keep going lil sis.
Little highlights the popular term known as Columbussing, which commonly refers to White people (or those of European descent) stealing and appropriating minority culture and redefining it, claiming it as their own. And although it's a tough conversation to have, it's something that has to be done.
Watch the video below.
What are your thoughts? Did Little go too far or is this a real conversation that still needs to be discussed in 2016?
Mike "Orie" Mosley is a freelance writer/photographer and cultural advocate from St. Louis. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Arts, Entertainment & Media Management from Columbia College Chicago and a Masters in Higher Education Administration from LSU. He is also the co-founder of music and culture website www.theconscioustip.com. In his spare time, he's probably listening to hip hop & neo soul music, hitting up brunch or caught up in deep conversations about Black music. You can follow him on Twitter @mike_orie or on Instagram @mikeorie