My platform as a young black man in a high level position is to actively participate in the work of expanding options for youth of color and girls and to encourage them to tackle issues they care about, be creative, build things, and embrace discomfort.
The fact that you have one student offender who did not play to that gate, and claim victimization, and instead accepted, fully, responsibility for his racist, offensive action, is cause for much hope.
I tell young black men to sag their pants down to their ankles if they like, and to be as loud as they want. I tell them, remain who you are because no matter how much you assimilate, you will not be viewed as a human being by those wishing to view you otherwise.
It's time for all of us to wake up and attack the problem of mass incarceration and the drug war. If there were ever a set of realities that are reflective of the persistent racial divides that continue to plague America, this one would be it.