Posted on March 3, 2011

Racist Hip-Hop Video By Stuyvesant HS Students Causes a Major Stir

Boyce Watkins, Black Voices, March 2, 2011

A group of white students, who some believe are from Stuyvesant High School in New York, have gotten the Internet up in arms.

{snip} To the surprise of some, Stuyvesant High School is considered one of the top high schools in the nation, but many are wondering what in the world they are teaching.

Apparently frustrated with their black classmates, the rappers use lyrics, like, “You so wack, b–, chilling in the projects. . . .You black and you so f– grimy. . . . What’cha gonna do? Call your black squad n–?”


Stuyvestant High School is reflective of a disturbing degree of racial segregation that exists in New York City schools. Even though 70 percent of the student population in New York is black or Latino, only 2 percent of the students admitted to the school are African American, according to the New York Daily News.

For the seven specialized schools in the five bureaus of New York City, only 4 percent of the students admitted are black and only 6 percent are Latino. Therefore, it appears that the racism being shown by these students is a direct reflection of the very same discrimination being endorsed by school administrators.


As much as these young people should be punished for their behavior, we cannot deal with them without also addressing the administrators at Stuyvestant High school, who are seemingly determined to maintain systems that promote and endorse racial inequality.

{snip} I would imagine that these students are not being given a curriculum that embraces interracial respect and their behaviors are a reflection of the adults who’ve declined to teach them to show decency toward those who are different.

Perhaps if their school would admit a few more black people, the kids might not feel so inclined to sound like members of the KKK.


[The video can be viewed here. The rap is full of obscene language and the “racist” words are difficult to make out.]