I love TED talks, I think they’re a great way to learn about new perspectives and opinions that challenge your own. I was watching a few this afternoon about being antiracist and an ally and thought ahhhhh I should share these but didn’t want to keep sharing links and thought I’d choose my 3 favourites and share those here.
I really enjoyed the three I’ve linked in this post – especially listening to an explanation about the difference between being not racist and being anti-racist. I think it’s easy to say I’m not racist but it takes work to live in a way that demonstrates anti-racist and that’s what we should all strive towards. I also liked the idea of letting people be allies – it resonated with me. I see so many people who want to help but don’t want to get things wrong – we need more people who are willing to stand up and fight. Because people of colour are tired! The story Jennifer L Eberhardt told about her son in the plane broke my heart. I have an almost 5 year old and I don’t want him to ever think that people act a certain way because of the colour of their skin.
How racial bias works
Through interdisciplinary collaborations and a wide-ranging array of methods — from laboratory studies to novel field experiments — Jennifer L. Eberhardt has revealed the startling, and often dispiriting, extent to which racial imagery and judgments shape actions and outcomes both in our criminal justice system and our neighborhoods, schools and workplaces. Her work highlights the negative impact that racial bias can have on us in these settings and provides clear direction on what we can do about it. Amid unprecedented inequality and growing polarization around the world, she is enlisting science in the fight for equal justice.
Want a more just world? Be an unlikely ally
A more equal world starts with you. Citing a formative moment from her own life, equity advocate Nita Mosby Tyler highlights why showing up and fighting for others who face injustices beyond your own lived experience leads to a fairer, more just future for all.
The difference between being “not racist” and antiracist
There is no such thing as being “not racist,” says author and historian Ibram X. Kendi. In this vital conversation, he defines the transformative concept of antiracism to help us more clearly recognize, take responsibility for and reject prejudices in our public policies, workplaces and personal beliefs. Learn how you can actively use this awareness to uproot injustice and inequality in the world — and replace it with love.
“If you make a mistake, just say you know what, I was being racist and I’m going to change”
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