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This College Student's "White People Stay Colonizing" Presentation is Necessary Viewing

Watch freshman Eastern Michigan University student Taylor Amari Little's "White People Stay Colonizing" presentation that's about to blow up the internet.

Taylor Amari Little, aka Controversial Tay, is a freshman and all-around badass activist at Eastern Michigan University, where a number of racist episodes have taken place this year, including one in September in which a man in an SUV attempted to plow through a group of student Black Lives Matter protesters who were protesting against racist graffiti that was spray painted on campus.


The 18-year-old Criminology and Criminal Justice major has emerged as an important voice at the predominantly white institution. She’s also the founder of a social justice organization that seeks to service homeless people around Detroit (The Temple Project) and a visibility project for queer Muslims (Queer Ummah).

Most recently, Little has people talking with an enlightening presentation she gave during one of her classes this week. The presentation is titled “White People Stay Colonizing,” and it’s an examination of “teen dance crazes” and “teen slang” in which Little, sporting a brilliant "Make America Brown Again" t-shirt, argues the following: “The most important yet hidden fact about the history of mainstream culture is that it always derives from people of color, especially black people.”

“Teen dance crazes and teen slang is not actually teen dance crazes and teen slang, but really just appropriated parts of black culture,” she continues.

Watch the full talk below.

One day I feel like my professors just gon stop letting me do presentations

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what happens when I'm assigned to do a presentation #imactuallyhellaexcitedformyspeechtomorrow #itshellaBlack

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