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
What they don't tell you about crime statistics is that in actuality everybody of all backgrounds commits at least one illegal felony at some point in their lives. The skewed reports are a result of misconceptions which leads to the police of the majority to scrutinise visible minorities more, which in turn means minorities get caught more often even when they commit certain crimes at the same rate. This then leads to skewed crime reports that reaffirms the racial biases. In short, the police is blinded by a self fulfilling prophecy that's very hard to stop, with "statistical evidence" that often doesn't get dismissed or deconstructed.
Amen sister, this country was built with racism inserted into our government during Colonial times, to keep the whites calm enough to accept slavery. White was the norm with laws a long time ago. how strong are we America, i hope strong enough to protect all lives.
Onley conclusion whites are racists and oppressors . The fact is that most of the killed "blacks" are killed by "blacks" .
Pan-Afrikans don't care they have a political agenda and are supported by United Nations Durban pact 2001.
Aim excluding whites and destroy "whitness" so non-whites can flourish.
men commit the most violent crime does anyone deny that? people often judge people by what they know about violent crime statistic. I am not afraid of an old woman trying to rob me at knife point but I will be cautious of a 20 year old male. She is reducing a complex social problem into a series of cliches.
The US was founded on principles of greed and sociopathic brutality - and hasn't changed a bit since day one. Broken treaties prove our government's word has no honor, and its insatiable imperialistic lust has spread across the globe. Unfortunately, trying to educate narcissistic, privileged, brainwashed snowflakes about systemic racism in America is like trying to teach Cruella, my Doberman Pinscher, how to can peaches...
I believe in freedom of speech. This lady can speak to she's blue. Whites will never change. It's in their DNA. They don't know right from wrong.. they have gone to Africa and said the Ethiopians are white. They say the Egyptians are white. They don't like the blacks in America . They tell them to go back to Africa. At the same time they trying to move to Africa to be around people they don't like. They are doing the same thing in Africa they're doing in United States putting up statues the African got to take them down. I hope she's getting paid if not she's just wasting her time talking to these fools.. they are just a bunch of cartoon characters. The people who are watching this video may not live to see this. The Europeans going to Africa. You made a big mistake. The people you enslaved. They are now breathing you out. That's your curse.
Until you fix the hoods and ghettos and forcefully retrain them; This won’t end at all!
Expose the connections between organized Street crime persons and their roles and deals with local politicians police and so many drug dealers supply most of the prestigious middle class community...
These blacks in hoods are the only reason we suffer a “fit the description” scenario every damn time dealing police and society...Funny how nobody wants to challenge them directly and really solve this problem we have!!!
Ok, so blacks are 3x as likely to be shot by a police officer, but 2/3 of those shot were armed. Why are so many people walking around with guns (I'm assuming guns and not knives)? No wonder the police are a little freaked out when people are generally unpredictable, especially when scared, and they have guns!
Racial injustice, when you look at an affirmative action program that gives any race free points for belonging to that race, is simply a way to eliminate the merit system, the only system worthwhile. Look at it this way: if you pass someone in a course he/she failed, you impose that person as an MD, for example, on patients who may, and probably will, not get the most optimal medical care available at the time. This is the true injustice. I think it is criminal.
"It's all of us" No, it's not. All of us aren't shooting up neighborhoods and selling drugs on corners. All of us aren't opening fire on police officers every day. All of us don't have neighborhoods that have the most concentrated crime and highest crime rates in the country.
Ms. Francis relates an experience her brother had with the police that is similar to a number of encounters I had with the cops years ago when I was young. After these encounters, I cursed about the "pigs", as we then called cops, and then continued on with my life. My encounters with the police remained nothing more to me than anecdotes in my life's experiences. Maybe that was because I was never taught that the rest of the world would like me or owed me anything. I don't think my attitude was unique in my generation.
Today we live in a culture that now encourages people to think of themselves as victims and to wallow in their perceived victimhood rather than to get on with their lives. Ms. Francis' emoting is a perfect example of this.
The ANSWER has been in heaven sitting at The Father's right hand, but rejected of by so many ( Matt. 15:7-14; II Tim. 4:16-18; I Tim. 4:13-16; Isa. 53:1-12 ) who have been deceived by many false prophets and false teachers ( Eze. 2:1-3:27; 13:1-23; Isa. 56:9-12; Jer. 5:20-31; II Peter 2:1-22; Rom. 16:17-18; Phil. 3:2, 18-19 ), like TBN, DAYSTAR, LESEA, EWTN BROADCASTING NETWORKS, and Radio stations like KKLA ( Whose lying SLOGAN is: "God LOVES L.A. followed by it echo." ) ...Psalm 5:5; Amos 5:21-23; 9:10; 8:3; Isa. 33:14; (((( Eze. 18:1-32; 33:1-33 )))); I Tim. 1:9; Malachi 1:1-4:6!! ( but WHO PAYS ATTENTION TO details...? ) ...O.K. NOW, that you know THE PROBLEM ( I Cor. 15:22; Rom. 1:18-32; 2:1-8:39; Matt. 7:1-29 )!! ...THE ANSWER ( I Cor. 15:1-58; Phil. 3:1-21 ...King James Bible ONLY )!! ...And IF you don't UNDERSTAND, here is WHY: Dan. 10:21; 12:10; Prov. 28:4-5; I Cor. 2:1-16 ...FINALLY: ...Matt. 23:1-25:46!! ...Says The Lord God of Israel... for details: The Revelation of Jesus Christ 1:1-22:21 ...Amen!!
It really comes down to what a people put most of their time into. If you put a lot of time into sports you will tend to perfect it more than someone else. Just like putting a lot of time into gaining knowledge, the martial arts or anything else. Different cultures or nations of people just put more time into doing different things and may have perfected that thing more than another culture or race of people. I'm explaining this in a simple way, but hopefully this is not over someones head to not get, that it is a lot of truth to this observation (analogy). Then also diet may play a part. There are different types of edible vegetation on the planet that some people had access to that other tribes of people didn't have access to. Every tribe depending on where they settled on the planet had more access to something that other people didn't have access to. And this may have played a part that gives groups of people an edge over each other, in some way or another. If your (culture or people) put a lot of time into a particular thing, you will perfect that thing more than someone else or other nations of people. But this doesn't make you superior to other people. Why? Because someone is better than you are with something else. Being superior to other people is really a man made illusion. Only God is the superior one. Until you can create the universe like God, then you can never be superior to anyone on the planet.
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
+AristOwl that didnt solve the problem bro...... Perhaps a better solution is to get to know people individually and be kind to one another regardless of race. Try to show the people that you are not a bad person by race but a good person at heart. This is the only way to change people's perceptions of you.
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.
They are wrong in the sense that if police camped out in your neighborhood, stopped and frisked almost everyone sitting on their stoop, there would be an epic increase of white males going to jail for selling molly and other myriad prescription drugs. But that does not happen.
+Mickey because they are marginalized and denied basic rights. they dont have the same playing field as white folks. And that normally drives people to crime. its survival.
if you put someone in jail for the crime they didn't commit and slap a criminal record on them so they cant find a job , yet allow them to buy guns, you will end up with crime. you cant force people to resort to crime and you call them bad.
Yes, what she said is very factual. Her hair was seen as a threat, but why when that is what grows out of her head. God gave us a covering for our heads to protect us from the hot sun of Africa. Many white people have a negative issue with our hair, why? Is it because it has the power to defy gravity?
Taylor Parker I was addressing his original statement, you were addressing his response. Regardless his first statement is correct, and the second a matter of opinion. But I don’t think anyone should be wishing for the white race to be killed off or eradicated because there won’t even be any races in a couple thousand years.
+Melanin Faded The word "it" is ambiguous. He replied in this thread that racism won't go away until "they" die off, meaning white people. He doesn't have to say it explicitly. He, along with many others, DO want the white race to go extinct. Learn about implications, ignoramus 🤦🏽♀️
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.
+Ripp Russell then tell me what white people didnt do that moved the world further? Weren't whites the first ones to end slavery for the world though? Unlike popular opinion they didnt even start slavery.
"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.
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