Beverly Hills, CA – Russell Simmons’ and Kimora Lee Simmons’ youngest daughter Aoki not too long ago referred to 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 individuals at my college 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 individuals as a result of I’m busy. I’m attempting to go to Yale, I’m attempting to go to Harvard, I don’t have time for you.
“And this specific 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 pals don’t care. They all suppose they’re good, woke, good individuals however they don’t cease him.”
Even within the Beverly Hills bubble the place Aoki lives and attends college, 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 coed liable for Aoki’s misery but additionally 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 under.
“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 college. For people who missed the dwell video that went viral, the lengthy story brief is a white pupil addressed her utilizing the ‘N-word.’ It was, as she understood it, normalized conduct for him and little doubt for some others.
Here is what he and different college students should understand, the dehumanizing of individuals of shade all over the world 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 effectively by Western Civilization and even in our colleges), the struggling of African-Americans is part of human historical past that’s considered one 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 grew to become 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 might know that blacks couldn’t even vote in lots of locations till 1965 and racism is alive and effectively and rising in in lots of elements of our lives right now.
It’s secure to say that so long as black individuals have lived on this nation we now have, as a collective, by no means been made to really feel equal and we proceed to really feel the burden of the illness referred to as ‘white supremacy.’ My daughter is, in some ways, lucky to dwell in a bubble the place, till this incident, I assumed most of her pals in Beverly Hills have been form of shielded and in some methods ignorant and subsequently believed and acted as if that struggling was someway restricted or gone fully.
I encourage them to look deeper the place within the ‘actual world’ they’ll nonetheless see clearly the consequences of the dehumanizing of individuals of shade everywhere in the world. A large number of individuals of shade undergo nonetheless undergo from discrimination and emotions of inferiority. It is value mentioning the primary means of conserving a slave has at all times been to advertise their pores and skin shade as proof that she or he was someway lower than his or her slave grasp or colonizer. Make no mistake, the illness of white supremacy is alive and effectively 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, after all, however what I favor to consider, on this case (and lots 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 best 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 college of Aoki’s unnamed college to sensitize themselves and to make use of this expertise as a teachable second.
Together as a gaggle of ahead considering lecturers and younger leaders, they’ll go ahead ever conscious 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 individuals that you simply wish to declare for yourselves. Let’s — as a crew — break the archaic follow of utilizing phrases that reduce and as a substitute, be a light-weight and residing, respiratory examples of doing higher.
You are the technology or already the people poised to interrupt the chain of negativity. Together by way of this sort of open and trustworthy dialogue, I consider we could be the change the world wants. Blessings to all the scholars everywhere in the world who maintain the longer term in your arms. Be mild with it and one another.”