Arisson Stanfield, a philosophy major at Colorado State University knows the impact of race in America. From the controversies surrounding the deaths of black men like Trayvon Martin, Mike Brown, and Eric Garner, Arisson has felt that tension of being a young black man, living in a world that puts a stigma on you.
So how does Arisson deal with this? He’s an activist, a leader, but also a spoken word poet. Arisson uses the power of words to communicate his frustrations, his hopes for change, and his profound rhetoric.
In his poem “I’ve Been Repugnant”, Arisson tackles how the world views him as a young black man, all the while communicating his hope and love for the people around him.