(CBS) PEEKSKILL A controversial poem, recited by a 7-year-old prodigy, is stirring up controversy in a Westchester school district. In it, the child compares Charles Darwin and Christopher Columbus to vampires and pirates, who robbed blacks of their human rights.
Autum Ashante performed at the African burial ground in Manhattan and at the Apollo Theater in Harlem. Her bedroom is decorated with photos reminiscent of the Civil Rights movement. Framed proclamations and awards document the many accomplishments of this aspiring actress and poet.
"They took the black woman, with the black man weak. Made to watch as they changed the paradigm of our village," read Ashante.
But when Ashante of Stamford recited this poem during a Black History Month event at Peekskill Middle School, the home-schooled child prodigy would spark a firestorm of controversy.
�You know, when the ancestors take over you just can't stop them when they do something. And I said, this ain't for white people, and they started walking out," Ashante said.
Ashante said her poem entitled, "White Nationalism Put You In Bondage," was meant to instill pride, not intended to offend.
School officials apparently found Ashante's poem so offensive, it prompted them to send a recorded phone message home to hundreds of parents, apologizing for the child's visit.
It was the second time Ashante visited the school. The invitation was sent out by music teacher Mel Bolden, who stated, "Perhaps we should've had a lesson plan in advance to give them a heads up of what she'd be talking about, to explain it a little better."
Added Batin Ashante, the girl's father, "She's not a racist. She's a literalist and she's true."
True to what she believes in, no matter the audience.
all viewpoints aside, she seems like one hella smart 7-year-old...