Young Men Debunk Negative Racial Stereotypes In “Suit and Tie” Video

A group of young Black and Latino men are letting the world know that they are far from the image of violent, uneducated and unkempt individuals that the media often makes them out to be.

Screen Shot 2014-04-16 at 11.22.47 AMDressed in suits, button-down shirts and bow ties while serving plenty of bravado, 34 juniors and seniors from Illinois’ Central High School recently created a short video called “Suit & Tie In The 217″ to combat the negative stereotypes they face regularly — and we love every second of it!

Set to the Justin Timberlake/Jay Z collaboration “Suit & Tie,” the teens show off their superb style while the messages “we are not gangsters and thugs,” “we are employees and volunteers,” “we are scholars” and “we are athletes” appear across the screen. To be specific, they are Honor Roll students, poets, future collegiate athletes and National Honor Society members, just to name a few of their talents and accomplishments.

“The negative stories told daily in the media and in our culture about our young African-American men tend to ignore their successes and don’t tell the full story about how young Black men are becoming leaders within our community schools,” Tiffany Gholson, a Central High School counselor that helped with the project, told NewsOne.

Between Obama’s new initiative, My Brother’s Keeper, this awesome viral video and countless other groups and individuals attempting to reclaim the narrative of young black men — we’re hopeful the mission will be accomplished.

Check out the amazing video above and let us know what you think about it in the comments section.

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5 thoughts on “Young Men Debunk Negative Racial Stereotypes In “Suit and Tie” Video”

  1. There are a lot of young miniorties men out there who are smart, working toward their goals. They not only have family support they have a whole village support of people helping them. They also killed that myth that they have to come from a two parent family even though it is better when they do come from a two parent family. Sometime the absent parent is not in the home but is present in the child life, but also death can keep an absent parent away. What makes a family strength is knowning that they have someone to be there for them when the going get tough and miniorites have always been doing that. Congrats young men for bringing this attention for other young men to start coming forward to be recognize for their accomplishment as well.

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