Watch This High School Student Teach the Teacher About the History of Racism

Watch This High School Student Teach the Teacher About the History of Racism
Source: Getty Images
Source: Getty Images

Everyone thinks they're smarter than the teacher. In this case, on this topic, it just so happens to be true. 

A video, which started going viral when it was shared on a Facebook page and has been viewed over 3 million times, shows a student — who appears to be a woman of color — correcting a teacher on the nature of racism. 

The video starts in the middle of the conversation, and you don't get to hear what the teacher was saying prior, but it a visible overhead projection shows that the lesson was titled "What Is Racism?" 

"You're trying to say that it's just race," the student said. "No. Racism is based on the systematic oppression of people. White people have never suffered that."

The student then brings a historical lens to her argument: "It's kind of like you, as a white man, saying what is and what is not racist. And that's what's been happening throughout this century."

At that point, her classmates erupt by clapping and finger snapping in agreement. 

Source: Facebook

"That doesn't make me believe you because that's what's been fed to us for so long," the student concludes. 

And with that, the student became the teacher — of Stay Woke 101.

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Mathew Rodriguez

Mathew Rodriguez is a Staff Writer at Mic. He is a queer Latino New Yorker who enjoys female rappers, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Flannery O'Connor. He is a former editor at TheBody.com and he is working on a memoir.

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