Inaugural poet Amanda Gorman delivers a poem at Joe Biden's inauguration

Inaugural poet Amanda Gorman, the Youth Poet Laureate of 2017, delivers a poem at President Joe Biden's inauguration. For access to live and exclusive video from CNBC subscribe to CNBC PRO:
Amanda Gorman, 22, became the youngest inaugural poet in U.S. history after reciting her poem “The Hill We Climb.”
“But while democracy can be periodically delayed, it can never be permanently defeated,” Gorman read. “In this truth, in this faith, we trust.”
Gorman is the current United States Poet Laureate. At age 16, Gorman became the Youth Poet Laureate of Los Angeles and later became the first National Youth Poet Laureate in 2017 as a sociology student at Harvard.
First Lady Jill Biden invited Gorman to participate in the inauguration in late December after hearing the poet at the Library of Congress.
Gorman immediately made waves following her reading at the inaugural ceremony, becoming the top trending Google search topic in the U.S.
Her words rang across the country: “A skinny Black girl descended from slaves and raised by a single mother can dream of becoming president, only to find herself reciting for one.”
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  1. Albert Allen

    Albert Allen3 timmar sedan

    She is giving me Iyanla Vanzant vibes

  2. Julian Rochell

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  3. mohammad iqbal

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  5. Joshua d'Estoville

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    The brighter the image...

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  7. Wayne Brafford

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  8. Chris Hill

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    Mediocre at best. And her poem is based in lies which makes it hollow and naive. How sad. I'd like to see her do a poem based in some objective truth.

  9. Julian Rochell

    Julian Rochell7 timmar sedan

  10. Zig Field

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    If you're so committed to equality for all people of all races, then why did you fire your dutch translator because she wasn't black???? - that's actually the definition of racism. This is the exact reason the mass majority of people in the world do not believe a single thing the MSM and government agenda is pushing it's all bs to divide us EVEN MORE. Divide and conquer RIGHT??? News Flash - we don't buy the evil racist fascist bs you're selling. You can try and trick the world for a long time, but that time is up. #THEREALTIMEISUP

  11. Corn Pop

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    Boy american standards have really sank

  12. Just an old chunk of coal from Italia

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    Every thing she said are obvious truths that are overly dramatized and excessively articulated. Three quarters of that crowd probably stopped following her after twenty five seconds. There are a lot of much more talented poets in the US, it’s just that they aren’t a black girl.

  13. Jaxson Stevens

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    Bro now I have homework

  14. Denise

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    2.8 million views 👏🏽👏🏽 What a wonderful poem ✨



    Bruh i got a week of homework from her

  16. m o

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    is this a hamilton based poem? lol

  17. 35oz 19g

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    Im shocked to see a young black woman with a victim complex....😒

  18. Corn Pop

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    I'll be shocked to see one without

  19. 35oz 19g

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    Actually Democracy has been defeated historically and by gods will it wont destroy Americas Republic 😎

  20. Jim James

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    Well pretty good and I'm a conservative LOL however this is not even close to Shakespeare LOL not in a million years would it be this is just whiny pandering feel sorry for myself but pretend I'm empowered kind of s hit LOL

  21. Vexifyi

    Vexifyi2 dagar sedan

    Nice poem, Racist woman

  22. Dylan Scott

    Dylan Scott2 dagar sedan

    From all the praise she was getting I was really expecting this to be something... more. This is some highschool tier trash

  23. Ayden Berg

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    @Andrew Orr it is thanks for noticing Do you think I look good?

  24. Andrew Orr

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    @Ayden Berg is that a selfie in your profile pic ?

  25. Ayden Berg

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    @Dylan Scott NP Mate cya later

  26. Dylan Scott

    Dylan Scott2 dagar sedan

    @Ayden Berg oh, art is subjective? Okay I will make sure to keep quiet about my opinions then, thanks

  27. Ayden Berg

    Ayden Berg2 dagar sedan

    Poetry is an art form Art is subjective But could you do something better that makes everyone happy?

  28. Khallil Walter

    Khallil Walter2 dagar sedan

    This poster black child

  29. martina seifertova

    martina seifertova2 dagar sedan

    Disgusting activism. Very dangerous person. God save America. This is version, or beginning, of communistic terror. We know it very well, from fifties.

  30. Nissim Levy

    Nissim Levy2 dagar sedan

    I am also a poet. Of course, I'm not worthy to even be compared to the great Amanda Gorman. Her poetic genius is earth-shaking and beyond anything I could ever hope to write myself. Here is a modest little offering of my poetry: I reminisced of a time long ago when I was only twenty years old. I was studying English 101 at the University Of British Columbia in the summer of Eighty-Four. It was at a summer session because I had failed English 101 two years before. A failure due more to my citizenship in a different realm than to the failings of my intellect, aptitude, or the magnanimity of my core. “You have such a poignant and evocative writing style,” wrote my teacher on the short story I had submitted the week before. I had written about a lonely sojourn on a desolate beach in the pregnant moment, When sunset injures day's abandon and grants night the freedom to roam. I had written about the mighty North Shore mountains, Hoary with age and reverberating with an energy ineffable to the mind, But savored by the soul. I remembered how exhausting of mind, but above all of the soul, writing that short-story had been. I tried to reveal my spirit bare and exposed. I tried to destroy the ramparts and blow open the heavy gates shielding my secretive core. But through my exhausting efforts, I had only succeeded in weakening the facade between me and the world, Usually held at arm's length, But through my story then, only slightly nearer yet still remote. There is an essence within everyone hidden in a chamber far beneath the veneer that encrusts our core. We seldom allow it expression beyond just its fractured shadows dancing on an external wall. But if we all dig deep and reach into this secretive chamber, We will, to our astonishment, discover we are all reaching into the same chamber, Not a separate one for each within the all. And then we will grasp each other's same-hand. We all share the same soul. I knew that in the novel of my compulsion I would have to expose this chamber, Ramparts and heavy gates destroyed once and for all. And my novel would then cry out from this collective chamber, And speak for my left and for my right with one voice for all. It would be the ineffable ground of being reaching out to humanity from the navel of Creation, Proclaiming the dawn of a Third Age. It would announce the sunset of the Second Age before this coming dawn. A moment pregnant with change that will forever be remembered in the annals of the Civilization of Man. It would herald a paradigm shift far greater than the Renaissance, Not just an age of reason, but of reason and divinity intertwined as an inseparable whole. I envision the Third Age to be promoting the two primordial dancers, The abstract magical, and the other, its complementary whole. To engage in the Dance and thence unshard into the Eternal Garden from whence we all came forth. They are in Eternity entwined but sharded into the realms of space and time. They are shards of the divine. Would composing such a novel be an arduous journey, Exhausting my body and above all my core? Would I be as a drowning man, Gasping for breath, Kicking and screaming while with futility grasping for shore? But would every paragraph and page exhaust me, Yet also leave me yearning for more? It would, I am sure. This arduous compulsion will also uplift and invigorate me with waves of catharsis and frisson. And I pray dearly for the same in my reader, of soul-piercing joy. If I fail to evoke the same in my audience then I would have failed to breach the ramparts and the gates shielding my innermost chamber, Our collective soul. Only within this innermost shared sanctum can I truly touch someone's soul. And by touching one, I will be touching them all.

  31. olds Aurora

    olds Aurora2 dagar sedan

    She looks good in those Chinese flag colors

  32. olds Aurora

    olds Aurora2 dagar sedan

    @Ayden Berg so you agree. She's dressed in Chinese colors. Not the red white and blue colors of America. You sound dumb. America ain't canada.

  33. Ayden Berg

    Ayden Berg2 dagar sedan

    She does look good in the Spanish or Macedonian flag colors. If we include the white then we can see Poland or Canadian flag colors. If she was going for symbolizing the Chinese flag I would have expected the coat to be red and the thing in her hair yellow. So shut up

  34. Jan Larsen

    Jan Larsen2 dagar sedan

    So just read that Amanda Gorman done a request that the translator should like to be a younger and preferably colored woman to translate her poem to danish and in the Netherlands have chosen Marieke Lucas Rijneveld to translate but a colored women Janice Deul criticized the election of a white person, Marieke Lucas Rijneveld chosen to withdraw. So colored are racists, maybe even more then white, did not see that coming.

  35. Alexander Malinowski

    Alexander Malinowski2 dagar sedan

    Key word is "skinny". She is happy she is not fat.

  36. Nicholas Tait

    Nicholas Tait2 dagar sedan

    This is not poetry

  37. Gary Sheldon Jr

    Gary Sheldon JrDag sedan

    @Nicholas Tait yea sure you did buddy.

  38. Nicholas Tait

    Nicholas TaitDag sedan

    @Gary Sheldon Jr I'll have you know I've memorised the whole of Eliot's Four Quartets, and you can't even construct a short sentence.

  39. Gary Sheldon Jr

    Gary Sheldon Jr2 dagar sedan

    Then you don’t know poetry is.

  40. IgroSome

    IgroSome2 dagar sedan

    very cool, good message but i'm also here for school

  41. grosbeak

    grosbeak2 dagar sedan

    Really, a poem consisting of platitudes and cliches?

  42. patricia sherman

    patricia sherman3 dagar sedan

    impactful, hopeful, and clever. i applaud her command and presentation of our language. Brava, young lady!!!

  43. Danger Bear

    Danger Bear3 dagar sedan

    Mmmmm.... much theatrics, very woke..

  44. Rosean Henson

    Rosean Henson3 dagar sedan

    👌 awesome, bravo 👏

  45. JustAnotherHuman

    JustAnotherHuman3 dagar sedan

    I could listen to her read out my maths questions from my textbook and I would still be mesmerised by her voice.

  46. brandan shoemaker

    brandan shoemaker3 dagar sedan

    It is all fun and games until you realize you now have homework due today

  47. WydTyy

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    This female gave me work WTF

  48. roblox zong

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    Powerful 👊🏿👊🏿👊🏿👊🏿

  49. Arandomdonkey

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    god damnit why you gotta give me english homework lady

  50. roblox zong

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    haha are on teams rn?

  51. TheSapphire M

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    The poet of establishment!

  52. Boiled toes

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    thank you for english homework queen!

  53. Whitewalker The long night

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    How much was dumped in her bank account

  54. michael gove

    michael gove4 dagar sedan

    I don't understand why she goes, " *Mister* President, *Doctor* Biden, *Madame* Vice-President, *Misterrr* Emhoff " It sounds as if she's saying it sarcastically, calling their titles into question. Why do that?

  55. Ayden Berg

    Ayden Berg2 dagar sedan

    @Rosean Henson Sounds like they're an English teacher or Major

  56. Rosean Henson

    Rosean Henson3 dagar sedan

    No. Its just emphasis on her pronunciation. Its a little amusing that you digging deep like this 😄

  57. AGENT s

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    Recited Beautifully

  58. Michael Sandoval

    Michael Sandoval4 dagar sedan

    Isn’t it insane that Democrats can spend almost an entire year attacking Americans & burning down their cities, then act like it didn’t actually happen?!?!? It’s effing weird!!!!

  59. sage the swag

    sage the swag5 dagar sedan

    thanks for the homework

  60. 2371anna

    2371anna5 dagar sedan

    And this is poetry? English language sounds so limited for poetic structure, coming from this young lady .

  61. Aniga W

    Aniga W5 dagar sedan

    Love it

  62. Emanuel Alvarez

    Emanuel Alvarez5 dagar sedan

    She’s annoying to be honest , and when she mentioned a skinny black girl raised by a single mother!! I was like damn can we have a nation that doesn’t mention color. Always have to mention your black as if we didn’t know

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  64. portneufflyer

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    I hope they kept Biden away from her.

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  66. roslyn riley

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    I love you Amanda Gorman

  67. AG - 07CD 872069 Thomas Street MS

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    she gave me homework

  68. Munkuikizi Nsosolo

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  69. Corvin666

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    I probably don't know anything about English poetry, but this sounds to me like rap song lyrics rather than a poem. Beautiful words, but feels like it was meant to be performed in a Dr Dre album!

  70. Bolesław Birkut

    Bolesław Birkut7 dagar sedan

    Poetry straight from the lavatory.

  71. erιn

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    thank you for my english homework

  72. Baby girl

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    Doctor Nanny Jill

  73. PeaceAndL ove

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    Not impressed!

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  78. Denette Daniels

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    All you wicked people

  79. Denette Daniels

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    👿👿👿👿👿👿👿 demonic

  80. Subaru outback 2018

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    I got stupid homework on her

  81. rude Dog

    rude Dog9 dagar sedan

    Biden wanted a Ebonics speaker for this job..

  82. RΛVΞΠ

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    She's like a modern day Hamilton. Powerful

  83. Serdi Kobane

    Serdi Kobane10 dagar sedan

    Imagine, even as a kurdish guy, who has never been to US, I'm deeply touched and overwoamed by these words of this beautiful, humble, golden evidence of human's ability to increase, to learn, to rise and shine! Everlasting love from Kurdistan for Amanda Gore, and everyone who led, helped and educated her....

  84. Viranko

    Viranko10 dagar sedan

    Goes to show how indoctrinated some people are. Biden is the reason for black mass incarceration and this chick is giving him a poem

  85. DRraze

    DRraze10 dagar sedan

    What Do people mean by she gave me.homework

  86. Kit_Kat

    Kit_Kat10 dagar sedan

    Their English teacher made them recite/ analyse this poem for homework

  87. Yunjae Kim

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    How is watching this for homework?

  88. Donna Andrus

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    I will never be able to watch this enough.


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    She doesn't know how to get online

  90. Thatcher Weeks

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    Y'know this homework that they gave me sucks. :/

  91. Jelani Groce

    Jelani Groce11 dagar sedan

    I ain't get homework

  92. Aka Riced

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    Thanks for the damn assignment

  93. Shawn McDowell

    Shawn McDowell11 dagar sedan

    joe biden is not my president. I purposely do not capitalize his name. he does not deserve the Capitol!

  94. Caribbean Girl

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    Wow! First, Serena Williams best in tennis; Simone Biles best in gymnastics; and now Amanda Gorman best in poetry! Who's next? They put a smile on every face who watched them.

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  97. Mark Kane

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    She's reading from qcards

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  99. Julian Rochell

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  100. J G

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    Too many lines, the message was lost!

  101. Spiritual J

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    Chill out ✨

  102. Reginald P

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    Yeah what the hell is she talking about lmao

  103. Adam Brož

    Adam Brož14 dagar sedan

    quite embarrassing. she read it all the time. many young children can recite from memory and do not have to read their own text. I wonder if she really wrote it herself.

  104. Adam Brož

    Adam Brož11 dagar sedan

    @Sam Schoo yeah i expected that...because you wrote about high level of education in your country...and this is it, she is product of USA low level education...

  105. Sam Schoo

    Sam Schoo12 dagar sedan

    @Adam Brož nope

  106. Adam Brož

    Adam Brož13 dagar sedan

    @Sam Schoo so you probably don't live in USA...?

  107. Sam Schoo

    Sam Schoo13 dagar sedan

    @Adam Brož where I live we have one of the highest education systems in the world, still it’s very human to hold on to a card. why can’t you just let it go and give her credit for such a good speech.

  108. Adam Brož

    Adam Brož13 dagar sedan

    @Sam Schoo well i my country even little childrens can recite without reading infront of people...diferent level of education? Probably...but this was not worthy of POTUS inauguration...

  109. Anthony Conti

    Anthony Conti14 dagar sedan

    She gave me Italian homework

  110. Jordan Goulet

    Jordan Goulet15 dagar sedan

    I’m here because of a English homework!!😂

  111. Jason Lin

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    When day comes we ask ourselves, 1 where can we find light in this never-ending shade? The loss we carry, a sea we must wade We've braved the belly of the beast 5 We've learned that quiet isn't always peace And the norms and notions of what just is Isn't always just-ice And yet the dawn is ours 10 before we knew it Somehow we do it Somehow we've weathered and witnessed a nation that isn't broken but simply unfinished 15 We the successors of a country and a time Where a skinny Black girl descended from slaves and raised by a single mother can dream of becoming president only to find herself reciting for one 20 And yes we are far from polished far from pristine but that doesn't mean we are striving to form a union that is perfect We are striving to forge a union with purpose 25 To compose a country committed to all cultures, colors, characters and conditions of man And so we lift our gazes not to what stands between us but what stands before us We close the divide because we know, to put our future first, 30 we must first put our differences aside We lay down our arms so we can reach out our arms to one another We seek harm to none and harmony for all 35 Let the globe, if nothing else, say this is true: That even as we grieved, we grew That even as we hurt, we hoped That even as we tired, we tried That we'll forever be tied together, victorious 40 Not because we will never again know defeat but because we will never again sow division Scripture tells us to envision that everyone shall sit under their own vine and fig tree And no one shall make them afraid 45 If we're to live up to our own time Then victory won't lie in the blade But in all the bridges we've made That is the promise to glade The hill we climb 50 If only we dare It's because being American is more than a pride we inherit, it's the past we step into and how we repair it We've seen a force that would shatter our nation 55 rather than share it Would destroy our country if it meant delaying democracy And this effort very nearly succeeded But while democracy can be periodically delayed it can never be permanently defeated 60 In this truth in this faith we trust For while we have our eyes on the future history has its eyes on us This is the era of just redemption 65 We feared at its inception We did not feel prepared to be the heirs of such a terrifying hour but within it we found the power to author a new chapter 70 To offer hope and laughter to ourselves So while once we asked, how could we possibly prevail over catastrophe? Now we assert How could catastrophe possibly prevail over us? 75 We will not march back to what was but move to what shall be A country that is bruised but whole, benevolent but bold, fierce and free 80 We will not be turned around or interrupted by intimidation because we know our inaction and inertia will be the inheritance of the next generation Our blunders become their burdens 85 But one thing is certain: If we merge mercy with might, and might with right, then love becomes our legacy and change our children's birthright 90 So let us leave behind a country better than the one we were left with Every breath from my bronze-pounded chest, we will raise this wounded world into a wondrous one We will rise from the gold-limbed hills of the west, 95 we will rise from the windswept northeast where our forefathers first realized revolution We will rise from the lake-rimmed cities of the midwestern states, we will rise from the sunbaked south We will rebuild, reconcile and recover 100 and every known nook of our nation and every corner called our country, our people diverse and beautiful will emerge, battered and beautiful When day comes we step out of the shade, 105 aflame and unafraid The new dawn blooms as we free it For there is always light, if only we're brave enough to see it If only we're brave enough to be it 110

  112. Gannicus Finch

    Gannicus Finch15 dagar sedan

    Understand, Trumpees? Understand?

  113. NH - 12ZZ 877529 T L Kennedy SS

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    you make it sound like it was nazi germany guys jesus christ relax

  114. Petee Petee

    Petee Petee16 dagar sedan

    Joe Biden let black children touch his leg hair.

  115. Sarayah Said

    Sarayah Said16 dagar sedan

    We or learning about this grade 5

  116. Patrick Star

    Patrick Star16 dagar sedan

    the only reason I am here is because I have English homework. But other than that very powerful poem

  117. Ethan Weeter

    Ethan Weeter16 dagar sedan

    As good as Biden’s speech was, her speech stole the show, no doubt. Glad Biden or whoever made the decision to have a Poet Laureate.

  118. Andrew Corbett

    Andrew Corbett17 dagar sedan

    Does she have a poem for the BLM violence thst Biden and the democrats looked the other way over last year?

  119. Andrew Corbett

    Andrew Corbett17 timmar sedan

    @Mike Cynic What that BLM is a Marxist organisation that doesnt care about black people?

  120. Mike Cynic

    Mike Cynic13 dagar sedan

    You don't get it do you?

  121. lucrezia pullì

    lucrezia pullì17 dagar sedan

    Is it so important that teachers give you this speech as a homework? In my opinion it is not something you guys should be annoyed of. Just see this speech as a chance to understand the importance of essential life values like equality and brotherhood.

  122. pida siouy

    pida siouy17 dagar sedan

    "we've learned that quiet isn't always peace in the norms and notions of what is "just is " isn't always "justice" WHAT A QUEEN

  123. Jacob Brown

    Jacob Brown17 dagar sedan

    So we see all 7 thousand trump supporters who disliked the video which shouldn’t have been disliked for just speaking facts

  124. hummus crow

    hummus crow17 dagar sedan

    oh boy oh boy, I sure do love the same politics I try to avoid become my homework.

  125. Ben Phillip

    Ben Phillip17 dagar sedan

    Her clear skin is literally goals

  126. pida siouy

    pida siouy17 dagar sedan

    Best Speech Ever.

  127. SweetiePie

    SweetiePie18 dagar sedan

    Half of the comments: **praising her for being so smart.** The other half of the comments. *SHE GAVE ME HOMEWORK.*

  128. Jason Lin

    Jason Lin15 dagar sedan

    best homework ever

  129. dizzi 051 herab

    dizzi 051 herab15 dagar sedan

    i just listend to this 5 minute speech, still dunno what she wanted to say. Girl if you wanna say something do it ! I have to sum it up for homework i bet i can do it in 3 lines ! Honestly streching your 1 minute speech up to 5 doesen´t ,make it more interseting ....

  130. tbwatch88

    tbwatch8818 dagar sedan

    what twaddle.

  131. Steve Bardill

    Steve Bardill18 dagar sedan

    yes she is great i think best speach of the day ..... loved her Superbowl spot