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    Friday, March 17, 2006

    Autum Ashante


    In the NY Post:

    YOUNGSTER'S BLACK-POWER POEM RILES SCHOOL
    A 7-year-old prodigy unleashed a firestorm when she recited a poem she wrote comparing Christopher Columbus and Charles Darwin to "pirates" and "vampires" who robbed blacks of their identities and human rights.
    Hundreds of parents of Peekskill middle- and high-school students received a recorded phone message last week apologizing for little Autum Ashante's poem, titled "White Nationalism Put U in Bondage."


    Blowing up the blogosphere: Level Head, Moonbattery, Red Guy Blue State, Ace of Spades HQ,
    Word is Bond, Gawker, One Brotha's Mind, No Dhmimmitude, Narcissistic Views on News/Politics and I saw it originally on Fluffy Dollars.

    (I don't endorse these views, I just think it's fascinating to see what people are saying.)

    I don't think this kid should have been banned or anything like that, in fact, I don't think kids' creativity should be stifled in any way unless absolutely necessary. I especially don't think it makes sense to do so publicly. That said, there's something distinctly irritating about this kid. Not because I disagree with her exactly (I mean, it's a bit shrill, but I think the underlying message is pretty true, and she's seven) but because she seems like such a precocious little brat. Her and her four languages and well-travelled-ness and smug little photo. Is that evil of me?

    Edited to add: Yeah, it kind of is evil of me. I mean, I remember being the kid who had my views censored all the time because they were feminist or queer. I have such an aversion to elitism that I pinned it on this kid, when it wad actually the press coverage that felt the need to assert her many languages, etc, just so you didn't think she was just another uppity Negro- this kid's a "prodigy"! So, rather than hating on Autum Ashante, I should be hating on the media.

    4 Comments:

    Blogger Dark Daughta said...

    Thanks for this. I followed the link to Fluffy Dollars and then returned to my blog home and posted this...

    http://darkdaughta.blogspot.com/2006/
    03/her-seven-year-old-fury.html

    1:50 PM  
    Anonymous Rachel S said...

    I posted my comments over at dark daughta's blog. I was troubled by the whole situation as well. I am admittedly not a fan of home schooling, and I was bothered by the comments that she made to the local reporter saying "the White man is the devil." A 7 year old kid doesn't come up with that on her own. The poem is fine, but the whole troubles me. (When my comments show up on the other site, I'll repost them here.)

    3:49 PM  
    Blogger Dark Daughta said...

    Rachel,
    They showed up. Thanks for the comment.

    9:49 AM  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I want to know this; why is Atumn Ashante a "child prodigy" and Lamb and Lynx Gaede (prussian Blue two little neo nazi, brain washed jack booted white supremists? why is it ok for a Black to vomit any kind of garbage on white society he /she chooses but when a white ( or for that matter another black) calls them on it its either racism or (in the case of the black) uncle tomism?

    12:07 AM  

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