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On Being a Black Student, Being in Debt, and a Failing Education System

frustrated studentWhat do you get when you candidly discuss a messed-up higher education system that sets bright, vibrant young people up for failure, student loans that sink students in debt that they will spend most of their adult lives digging themselves out of, degrees that sit like ornaments in a glass case, collecting dust and spider webs, because starting salaries don’t ever live up to the hype of those degrees, and the treatment of an academic offense as far more criminal than sexual assault, all in less than five minutes? You get a poem by Javon Johnson.

Describing himself as “a college professor who puts in work,” Johnson explains how, at times, while teaching, he is caught between feeling like a hero and feeling like a villain at the same time.

You don’t have to listen to this spoken word piece, but we humbly suggest and strongly recommend that you do.

By: Danielle Dixon

Follow her on Twitter: @tooprettydani

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