One Teen Says A Brilliant Goodbye To All The Names He Was Called In School

Falling is what this student used to do. Soaring is what I'd call his performance here.


by Vinny Borzumato

I’ve fallen many times.

I’ve fallen under labels,
but none of them are mine.
I’ve fallen under white.
I’ve fallen under weird.
I’ve fallen under gay.
I’ve fallen under queer.

But now I choose to rise,
shine like the brightest star.
I'm rising to this occasion,
I’m raising up the bar.
No longer am I losing, I’m finally choosing.
Throwing labels away, casting hurt astray.
So call me what they want, I will not do the same.

As for you,
you can call me Vinny,
because that is my only name.

via Jeremy Hogan / YouTube

Vauhxx Booker, a civil rights activist from Bloomington, Indiana, claims that a group of white men threatened to lynch him during an altercation on July 4 near Lake Monroe, but he was saved by onlookers who intervened.

Video taken during the incident shows he was held down by a group of men who pinned him to a tree in a wooded area. Booker says that while he was being held down, the men threatened to break his arms, repeatedly said "get a noose," and told his friends to leave the area.

The men later let him go after being confronted by onlookers who gathered at the scene.

The incident began, according to Booker, when he and his friends were making their way to the lake to see the lunar eclipse when a white man on an ATV told them they were trespassing. When Booker and his friends continued to walk to the lake, the man on the ATV and his friends allegedly shouted "white power" at them, which is when things turned violent.

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