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Gyasi ross harvard video feat
Gyasi ross harvard video feat

Gyasi Ross - "Harvard" [Official Video]

Native American Wordsmith Gyasi Ross Drops The Official Video For "Harvard" From His 2015 'ISSKOOTSIK' LP Directed By Brodie Stevens.

Native American wordsmith Gyasi Ross drops the official video for "Harvard" from his 2015 Isskootsik LP directed by Brodie Stevens. The video finds Ross at the epicenter of a student/teacher classroom standoff, running down the difficulties Native Americans encounter in the U.S. educational system. The clip carries a powerful message of triumph for marginalized youth seeking higher education in environments where they have historically been discouraged from aiming high. Ross drops this piece with a breakdown of those experiences and the systematic racism that drives them:

"White supremacy is all-encompassing within the United States; one aspect is that it has long overlooked the humanity and value of Brown and Black intellect and development. Consequently, within Native American communities, Native people have the highest dropout rates of any ethnic group in the U.S. Yet, Brown and Black people are regaining our footing and realizing that the educational systems are simply another place where we must defeat white supremacy. Native youth are realizing, like Manny, that we got this--compared to the struggles that we've already overcome, this is easy."

Check the footage below to watch the video for "Harvard." Purchase the Isskootsik LP via iTunes.