In this inspiring and powerful talk, Megan Francis traces the root causes of our current racial climate to their core causes, debunking common misconceptions and calling out "fix-all" cures to a complex social problem
Megan Ming Francis is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Washington where she specializes in the study of American politics, race, and the development of constitutional law. She is particularly interested in the construction of rights and citizenship, black political activism, and the post-civil war South. Born and raised in Seattle, WA, she was educated at Garfield High School, Rice University in Houston, and Princeton University where she received her M.A. and her Ph.D. in Politics.
In her award winning book, Civil Rights and the Making of the Modern American State, shows that the battle against lynching and mob violence in the first quarter of the 20th century were pivotal to the development of civil rights and the growth of federal court power. She is inspired by people who fight for justice–even when the end appears nowhere in sight.
This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx
Racial profiling can happen.....but in a low income area, where i presume there is a high crime rate.....there is a high police presence. Several youths are acting in a similar way to the way the criminals are acting. The police are doing their jobs. Now if there was racial comments then fair enough, but why take it all back to a race issue when it is a community issue based upon location not race. Im sure if youths of another race, acted the same in the same area, they would receive the same treatment.
Dont just go with the victim card and try to see the other side of the card. And that goes to the cops as well. Ignorance causes fear. Fear leads to the dangerous actions that do occur.
Everyone needs to talk more, listen more and respect one another more. Minorities stop the race card. Majority groups, stop being so defensive and engage in conversation.
I can definitely relate to your understanding of racism. As a northern truck driver,,,with a college degree))))),,,I am in Georgia today,,,and have already been treated very rudely and unfairly. In the past, in South Carolina, I was refused sevice at a restaurant because of my race !!!!! The waitress simply refused to bring me a simple cup of coffee,,,,AND, all the other costumers just glared at me as if I didn't belong in a simple Dennys restaurant. I called the corporate office,,,but they refused to even look into the matter without video evidence.
I absolutely cannot stand racism !!!!!
And,,,,I hate being down south for a week at a time when I get treated so badly. .Obviously not enough people have read Dr. King's letter he wrote from jail. .I thought it was an amazing letter!!!!!
Yes I am often discriminated against!!!!
Yes,,,I AM WHITE !!!!-!
Thank you Professor for your presentation
PART TWO: I don't want to refute the presence of racial stereotypes though. They exist and they do not benefit the society for sure. So, apart from police power abuse (one issue) , there is (another) social issue of race perceptions, which is not dangerous in itself yet bothering. Social perceptions create useless stereotypes that breed ignorance on an individual level, I would say. And ignorance at its extreme can become dangerous, of course. In a way, that kind of perceptual ignorance about certain group of people among the American-raised population does add "oil to the fire" of the first issue, yet it still does not resolve it and rather distracts from it , I think. But it is just an opinion, and I was pleased to listen to your interesting talk.
Serial killing, abductions, human trafficking, mass killings, mass school shootings are not done by the crips and the bloods. Stalkers are not usually in the crips or blood either. Find your own numbers.
When people like this get the racial tension to the point they want I'm going to sit to the side and watch what happens. This point the finger thing is not only insane, but pathetic. I've never thought of or seen being hispanic as a drain. The lack of accountability in certain communities is embarassing.
We can't even get to the real nature of most violence perpetrated by the state which crushes us all. Nooooo, lets blame the white man.
I agree they need to forget about what you people think of them and get to a place of learning how to get to a dignified existence among themselves. But that would call for you people to live and let live. Not live and kill them and their existence if they don't do what we tell them to do when we tell them to do it, for whatever reason we say they do it. It's funny how every other culture of difference (color) always at some point in time ends up on your list of boogiemen.
I acknowledge that white man hasn't always been civil. They've been very brutal.
But you can say that about many races.
But, I also acknowledge that without the white race, the world probably would be still living in the 1800s.
I'm an Asian.
"Bureau of Justice Statistics reveal that blacks were charged with 62 percent of robberies, 57 percent of murders and 45 percent of assaults in the 75 biggest counties in the country, despite only comprising roughly 15 percent of the population in these counties. "Next cop out.
.......and WHY do you think that is? Why do certain parts of the population commit more crime? You may think it's because they're just born with a criminal gene or something, but the truth is that it has to do with a long, long history of generations of those minorities living in poverty, with very minimal access to education, resources, jobs.... The main thing that causes crime is NOT race or ethnicity or anything like that; it's poverty and the environment/circumstances you grow up in.
And once you understand that, you can move on to the next question of "why is it that minorities are the ones predominantly living in these conditions?" And THEN you really get to the roots of all these things. It DOES have to do with history, oppression, discrimination, etc etc.
PS: I am a white person from Germany, and I cannot for the life of me understand why so many white Americans have such trouble understanding / acknowledging some of these realities.
Yes. I go to the root! I have solutions I must get out. Look for my email. Yes mental and emotional abuse causes confusion, a threat to ones identity. As you conclude I feel compelled to say that just as hard for you to believe that I am not or ever been the white person you describe. I personally feel that if I can do a little more to make you feel the truth of what I see when I look at you like I would any human being, I’m going to do it gladly. So you see there how walls have been put up. I know many white people that feel helpless because the attitude they get when they try so they go about there live disconnected. The solution tackles both with a simple small act. If consistently done I believe we will experience positive changes in not only race relations but in every way because people will feel empowered to be powerful and you never know who has the next world changing idea. He or she may just not feel worthy to speak there truth.
So discouraging to know that a college professor isn't smart enough to understand that when blacks commit crime at a higher rate, they encounter cops at a higher rate and therefore get shot at a higher rate.
+Gradie Roberson yall should've been deported after the civil war, the constitution was never meant to apply to blacks. The level of freedom that the United States was formed with is not compatible with non whites. Anywhere in the world that you go to, non whites consistently vote for less rights, while whites vote for more individual freedom.
The story is clearly a violation of the 4th amendment. If your brother. Knew what he was doing than he would use his 4th amendment and ask the oficers why. If they don't respond you entitled to compensation. To fix the problem people need to understand the basic function of the government. Its not there to MAKE you happy its there to give you the tools to make yourself happy.
+Muffin Man Everyone the whites encountered came in peace, until their trust was betrayed. Native Americans and white "settlers" got along until fear mongering amongst whites started with the agenda to push the Natives out more and more.
Kind of like what whites do now. All the people in power have to do is tell you to be afraid of x group, and you dance like puppets
Wonder how much she paid to get he degrees – or if she paid anything at all? Wonder if there were any more talented students who got turned away from the slots she got in college because of the color of their skin?
Kkknnggrrr please, she is pathetic, articulate but pathetic. The story of “Kenny’ was in the news at the time. 4 nnnggrrzzz were smoking weed in front of a university residence. Exactly what you expect a nnnggrr to do.
We are a race that is in pain! We have put band-aid on our issues and refused to address the internal conflict within. That handicap us in all Avenues of our lives. It is my hope and my prayers that we as Race will rise above all that we have been through. I do believe we are strong.
Yeah, because as we all know, EVERY piece of fashion for women is totally functional. High Heels, stilettos, clutch bags, pencil skirts ... who would ever want to wear that? (for the record, I don't. I own a two finger ring, though ;) )
I've not really seen any convincing arguments that have proven to me that 'systematic' racism exists in as mighty a presence as people often project. I've been searching around the web trying to find a real argument that doesn't use purely anecdotal evidence like this woman has. Just because there are disparities between groups doesn't mean that there's a systematic discrimination or oppression against one of them and not the other. Everybody likes to say that there is a system that is perpetrating this, but nobody seems to be able to explain how the system works. If anybody knows of a non-emotional, non-anecdotal, and logically sound explanation of the 'systematic' racism in America please let me know, because I really can't find anything. This video seems to be some kind of argument against looking at these things individually, and instead looking at everyone and everything as homogenous.
Are you serious? What you need to do is get out from behind your computer and go into the real world. Believe it or not, your own "anecdotal" eye witness observations of facts (yes, even if it causes you to get "emotional") does qualify as evidence. You are worshipping false gods waiting for scientists to tell you what to think. And social scientists, as someone with a degree in sociology I will give you a quick short cut. The research and studies happen based on what questions are being asked, and how. Obviously ppl still twist numbers to suit what they want to believe.
Here is the question anyone can ask, using powers of observation, a beginner's open mind and common sense: Who benefits? GL.
its both simple and hard if you dont want discrimination go to a community that is run and build by your race
in africa there is discrimination against tribes due to their behavior and believes both ways
if you dont want trouble just stay away from them
It's disturbing (from a university professor, no less) she is so dismissive about education being a solution. It's almost as if she is giving license not to think and using emotion to solve racial problems. No, a book won't physically stop a bullet, but a book with useful, competitive information can help remove a person from being in areas where there are bullets.
Lack of education and people just operating on their emotions is one of the biggest problems facing the USA, amongst all racial and cultural lines.
She cites the successful campaigns of the NAACP and Brown Vs. Board of Education decision of 1954 which were major victories for American civil rights. It was books and education that made those victories....not just emotions.
Fixing the root cause Is obvious. Blacks just need to stop committing violent crimes at 6X the rate of Whites. And drug laws need to be repealed. She forgot to mention that drug laws were primarily passed as a way to imprison Blacks and Mexicans. Drugs are a right, not a crime.
If the Europeans knew the true history that THEY ARE A MUTATION OF ALL OF OUR ANCESTORS and not just white people. The created white nation was CREATED read Jacquelin Battalora book “The Creation Of The White Nation.”
+J Glenn , Most people would look at this as a hiccup in the road of their lives and sometimes necessary to insure safety for the public as a whole, To internalize this as a assault on your character means there is something wrong with your character in the first place!, And to add grievance on top of that just perpetuates your character flaws, THEIR NOT GOING TO STOP DOING THINGS LIKE THIS BUT BY BRUSHING IT OFF AND WALK LIKE A MAN IT WILL NOT DETERMINE WHO YOU ARE.
"...focus on bringing the damn thing down!".....and the mostly White crowd didn't clap, and the ones that did.............waited until she wasn't speaking anymore, killing the impact of the statement....because they genuinely don't agree with it. And herein is the REAL root of the problem. Only White people can stop racism and racial injustice. And they'd have to have a desire to do so...which they don't....So it continues.
Or people who pretend racism doesn't exist by telling a people who for hundreds of years have had explicit laws specifically regulating where they live,work,go to school,shop,dine out etc...that it's all in their head. Got it.
Murder is murder. Anti-Lynching Laws didn't end murder. This is an example of complaining without providing real solutions. The real problem is financial. Without financial competence, freedom will never be achieved. When the government wants to keep you down, all they have to do is keep giving you just enough money to survive. Learn from the Stoics. See life as it is, not how you think it should be.
What's wrong with this woman is that she doesn't stop and think how other people might think. She is only interested in convincing others they are wrong. If she is proud of being so intelligent, it might behoove her to get out of her own head every once in a while.
+J Glenn how so? you keep commenting on my comments and I'm simply pointing out statistics. if I'm projecting by calling her presentation delusional and non factual. she me where I'm projecting delusion and lack of facts. give some substance, not just insults.
A lot was said but the answer was given in the review of her experience at the airport. She knew more about the law than the TSA agent and he knew that he would be in a world of hurt if he pursued the injustice any further. When the lady tapped her on the shoulder and said it had happened before proves there is corruption in the system and most are aware of it. For the injustice to stop it IS about education but it is also about economics. When the people learn the legal process to sue and win Federal (not State or Local) lawsuits against these rogue cops and take money from the municipalities that allow these atrocities to happen, the harassment, the rights violations, the killings will stop. As long as the families of the those killed simply march in the street and wait on the police to declare themselves guilty in an investigation of themselves nothing is going to change. When the budgets of the municipalities are running at huge deficits because of payouts on wrongful deaths, the people will make sure their representatives feet are held to the fire. That's when the cops will be start to be held accountable. That's when prosecutors will start inditing and convicting the cops that have not lived up to their oaths of office. When private people all the way up to through the top elected officials see a lot of green flowing out of the coffers to the victims of government agents, only then will things change.
Boy, are you naive. People quitely marched in Fergusson. You know what police did? They set tanks on them. Payouts for wrongful deaths? *Goerge Zimmerman* wasn't found guilty, and you think policemen are?
Why don't you look up the official police responses to litterally any case of police brutality involving a minority person? That includes deaths of children, and times when evidence gets mysteriously lost, and times when there is a recording and you can see zero threat being posed to the police.
+max olande you've got to be joking. no, most everyone in prison is guilty of the crime they did. the innocent ones are rare anomalies of any race. it is an unavoidable fact that blacks commit more crime than anyone else.
This talk/argument would have so much more force if race wasn't the focal point. There are many people that should not be in positions of authority. All it takes to be a cop is a six month academy. All it takes to be a TSA agent is a legible application. I am not saying that racism does not exist, but attributing all despicable behavior by cops or TSA agents to racism is an oversimplification. They are equal opportunity, just ask any poor person regardless of color.
I agree - As i can personally relate to her experience - which is essentially the abuse of power over another - typically by someone of low consciousness.
Racism just adds another whole dimension ontop which the tsa probably feels he can use as an excuse to vent, and believes would be socially acceptable amongst his peers
27Bayleefs the people who ask for proof are the problem because they perpetuate it, it’s like asking to prove classism, you don’t need citations if you are aware of how our system benefits some and oppresses others, you just have to be alive in current society to see it, but if you’re benefiting from it you can choose to turn the other way
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