Beverly Hills, CA – Russell Simmons’ and Kimora Lee Simmons’ youngest daughter Aoki just lately known as out a classmate for repeatedly hurling racial slurs at her. During an Instagram Live session, the 16-year-old highschool pupil blasted her fellow pupil for addressing her as a “N-word” and was moved to tears as she recounted her expertise.
“I’m so over folks at my faculty being racist and nobody doing something about it,” she says within the clip. “Like, I’m going to high school to work. I don’t even discuss to those folks as a result of I’m busy. I’m making an attempt to go to Yale, I’m making an attempt to go to Harvard, I don’t have time for you.
“And this explicit child, I swear all day lengthy — he’s white and he can’t cease saying the n phrase. It’s like his favourite factor to say. I don’t even use it like that, however he simply loves to make use of it. And see how far he can push it and see how many individuals he can offend and all of his mates don’t care. They all assume they’re good, woke, good folks however they don’t cease him.”
Even within the Beverly Hills bubble the place Aoki lives and attends faculty, she says racism rears its ugly head every day.
In response to the viral video, Simmons has penned an open letter for not solely the scholar chargeable for Aoki’s misery but in addition for all younger individuals who may use this expertise as a teachable second.
The Hip Hop mogul emphatically believes his daughter’s technology has the potential to make a strong distinction.
Read Simmons’ open letter beneath.
“After seeing my daughter Aoki Lee’s expertise with a fellow pupil go viral on-line, I felt compelled to jot down this open letter to the scholars at her unnamed faculty. For those who missed the stay video that went viral, the lengthy story quick is a white pupil addressed her utilizing the ‘N-word.’ It was, as she understood it, normalized conduct for him and little question for some others.
Here is what he and different college students should understand, the dehumanizing of individuals of colour around the globe has gone on for a lot of centuries and for our total existence in America. Beginning with the Transatlantic slave commerce, which is documented (however not taught nicely by Western Civilization and even in our colleges), the struggling of African-Americans is part of human historical past that’s one in every of — if not the worst — examples of mankind’s unconscious conduct.
This a part of historical past is probably going a extra brutal interval than most individuals may even think about. It lasted 430 plus years. The unofficial slavery of Jim Crow the place blacks have been compelled to work on land owned by whites turned an ongoing phenomenon that lasted one other 75 years. The truth is, this dehumanizing course of has lasted all through African-American’s total historical past in America. You may say that the compelled segregation and hateful authorized practices inflicted upon African-Americans by no means formally ended you could know that blacks couldn’t even vote in lots of locations till 1965 and racism is alive and nicely and rising in in lots of elements of our lives immediately.
It’s protected to say that so long as black folks have lived on this nation now we have, as a collective, by no means been made to really feel equal and we proceed to really feel the burden of the illness known as ‘white supremacy.’ My daughter is, in some ways, lucky to stay in a bubble the place, till this incident, I assumed most of her mates in Beverly Hills have been type of shielded and in some methods ignorant and subsequently believed and acted as if that struggling was one way or the other restricted or gone totally.
I encourage them to look deeper the place within the ‘actual world’ they’ll nonetheless see clearly the results of the dehumanizing of individuals of colour everywhere in the world. A large number of folks of colour undergo nonetheless undergo from discrimination and emotions of inferiority. It is value mentioning the primary manner of protecting a slave has at all times been to advertise their pores and skin colour as proof that she or he was one way or the other lower than his or her slave grasp or colonizer. Make no mistake, the illness of white supremacy is alive and nicely everywhere in the world as illustrated within the precise practices of whites —both deliberately or unintentionally — we’re seeing this everywhere in the media. We are witnessing the rising tide of polarization and hate in America.
I wish to consider this rapper made a horrible alternative — a misstep — and for that, he must be educated, not made right into a villain. The language he used is unacceptable, in fact, however what I desire to consider, on this case (and plenty of others prefer it) is that it’s largely simply inconsiderate conduct that must be corrected. In truth, I consider that the younger man is healthier than his phrases and these motion and actions of his ancestors.
Yes, I helped launched the mainstream to rap, however I additionally promoted the primary white rap band and none of them ever used that language. They revered the tradition and their black colleagues. I select to consider this younger man in query is already a greater human being due to this expertise. aI will ask the scholars and school of Aoki’s unnamed faculty to sensitize themselves and to make use of this expertise as a teachable second.
Together as a gaggle of ahead pondering lecturers and younger leaders, they’ll go ahead ever aware of their phrases and reject inconsiderate decisions that trigger ache to one another. Students, you might be a part of a brand new technology that wishes to present the identical stage of freedom and happiness to all folks that you simply wish to declare for yourselves. Let’s — as a group — break the archaic observe of utilizing phrases that minimize and as a substitute, be a lightweight and dwelling, respiration examples of doing higher.
You are the technology or already the people poised to interrupt the chain of negativity. Together via this type of open and trustworthy dialogue, I consider we may be the change the world wants. Blessings to all the scholars everywhere in the world who maintain the long run in your fingers. Be mild with it and one another.”