Black Teen Speaks Race And Wins

Black teen wins essay contest on a sensitive topic.

Chet Ellis, a Black teen from Staples High School in Westport, described the “unavoidable” racial issues he has to cope with growing up in an affluent, predominantly white Connecticut community. This brought him the first prize in an essay contest on the topic of white privilege.

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“I was stunned,” he wrote, “and mumbled something instead of firing back, ‘Your parents are third-generation Princeton and your father runs a hedge fund and yet you think my ride is free?’”

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The size of Chet’s award was $1,000.


We appreciate Chet’s ability and eagerness to tackle such serious issues at such young age. Hopefully, his interest will develop into full-size activism.

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