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Let's get to the root of racial injustice | Megan Ming Francis | TEDxRainier

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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
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Didivs Ivlianvs (15 days ago)
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  And drug laws need to be repealed.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.
Zelda Thomas (20 days ago)
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.”
zephron schmit (20 days ago)
All these people with no etiquette or ethics talking about injustice on a specific race is destroying that race, Get someone in there that has some etiquette and ethics!.!.
Hadassah Yael (29 days ago)
"...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.
Julio Jackson (1 month ago)
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.
Jill Hansen (1 month ago)
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.
Patrick Lacy (1 month ago)
Here's better advice: 1. Stay in School. 2. Stay out of trouble. 3. Obey the law. 4. Dont stay out late at night.
Ava Limpa (1 month ago)
Her brother was in COLLEGE!!! That's really staying in school.
coolsouth S (1 month ago)
How about not commiting crimes that evoke police interaction? Something about 50 % of crime commited by 7 % of the crime.
Ava Limpa (1 month ago)
@coolsouth S, Her brother was a college student he had not committed any crime; unless you are saying that his crime was to be the son of his parents who looked like the random so called 50%. That's like blaming you for police interaction as a white male because young white males shoot up schools, or if you're older because Stephen Haddock did the Las Vegas shooting.
Real News (1 month ago)
.... and then the whole airport clapped, including the airplanes, and someone gave her a %100$ bill...........
coolsouth S (1 month ago)
Real News right on lol
Deez Nutz (1 month ago)
Terrible miserable woman - shouldn't be teaching anybody anything
Deez Nutz (19 days ago)
+Electric nuts is this pathetic bipolar victim
Electric (20 days ago)
gabby lit Deez Nutz is well how do I say NUTZ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
gabby lit (1 month ago)
+Deez Nutz how is she hateful?
Deez Nutz (1 month ago)
+gabby lit - she is a hateful delusional victim
Molly Hubbard (1 month ago)
Yeah Megan!! Great TED talk!!
True American (2 months ago)
IQ matters
Quincy Birwood (2 months ago)
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.
Quincy Birwood (1 month ago)
We agree on that point Jack. Please note there is no mention of race or color in my comment. The "We" I'm talking about is we the people. ...I did mention green. My bad.
Jack Frost (1 month ago)
Quincy Birwood Everybody is targeted if they are not a police officer, not just blacks.
TheBrother Wakanda (2 months ago)
Thank god for whites
Djelari Ghana (2 months ago)
Its about white insecurity because they are disconnected from divinity. They hate us because they know what we are. Satan hates God. It's that simple. All whites care about is making money at all costs and then they export their sick mentality to the rest of the world. The African world view is in direct opposition to the European word view. Blacks are spiritualists. Whites are materialists. The former is eternal. The latter is temporal and will soon be completely destroyed. When you have ZERO eumelanin and your pineal gland is calcified you cannot experience empathy. Whites don't hate blacks though. They hate themselves but because they refuse to accept it they purge their demons by externalizing their self-hatred onto blacks and Latinos. Whites are not natural beings. Everything that is natural lives in harmony with nature. Whites do not. That means they were genetically engineered. They are not even supposed to exist because they are an abomination to the Creator. Truth hurts. Whites are all dying out anyway. Problem solved.
ash wednesday (1 month ago)
I'm pretty sure Africans never knew about the Bible before white people showed them.
Vivian Lee (1 month ago)
Africa is impoverished...there is no spirituality there....only extremism. You have no idea what you're talking about, your ideas are just theories harboring on racism.
Andrew Olson (3 months ago)
Does she want us to quote the crime stats per head?
Andrew Olson (3 months ago)
Who said this? “There is nothing more painful to me at this stage in my life than to walk down the street and hear footsteps... then turn around and see somebody white and feel relieved.”
coolsouth S (1 month ago)
Jessie Jackson. orrr maybe Tito Jackson? It was a Jackson.
Andrew Olson (3 months ago)
It shows that even blacks are scared of other blacks. Blacks commit 50% of violent crime. And blacks kill other blacks in the thousands. And they are worried about police.
Zeph Smith (3 months ago)
That's basically reinforcing her message (and I have disagreed with her analysis, to some degree, in other comments). Much of the bias against blacks is based simply on fear, rather than hatred per se; but stereotypes based on that fear can still have terrible consequences.
Andrew Olson (3 months ago)
That is what Kenny told her.
Blair Franklin (3 months ago)
She's dead right.
Abibatu Bangura (3 months ago)
very needed
Dewey Baugh (4 months ago)
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.
dave lloyd-jones (1 month ago)
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
Ava Limpa (2 months ago)
The TSA agent said "You people.." Those words came from his heart or his heartlessness. Whichever.
levi ridge (4 months ago)
the cure for racism is to ignore it man up and obey the law
薇嵐蕭 (3 months ago)
Yeah, because that totally resolved slavery, Jim Crow, and other institutions and policies that exploited and victimized people on the basis of race.
d pef (3 months ago)
seu filho da puta racista da pintura.
Chicken Sandwich (4 months ago)
ohhh boy I havent even read the comments section yet but this should be good...
Oliver Phippen (4 months ago)
The COPs are NOT targeting Blacks ?? They are targeting NWA ?? The COPS are not targeting dark skinned Indians from India or Guatemalans or Polynesians ?? Just Negros with ATTITUDES ??
Oliver Phippen (4 months ago)
RACISM is Human nature as we all ALL ALL practice it ALL ? Recall that when ZERO set up his cabinet he assigned a lot of Un known NEGROS ?? recall ?? That was RACISM ??
Oliver Phippen (4 months ago)
This is NOT racism ?? This is the COPS doing their JOB ?? NEGROs have a propensity for drugs so why not target them ?? Ever hear of Par ado theory ??
Dijorn Anderson (4 months ago)
God bless your soul
Oliver Phippen (4 months ago)
Oh Stop it ?? I've been stopped before as a student and its noting so long as you keep your mouth shut ?? Keep you mouth shut ??
redxpen (5 months ago)
She said a lot of stuff but didn't give any reasons or proof for why we should believe what she thinks
Terrence Myers (1 month ago)
redxpen, You are blind to reality. You are the problem!
JL Stout (5 months ago)
So the main argument here is that we have to proactively punish people for thinking unacceptable thoughts (wrongthink)? And Education WON'T work to alive the problem.....
Ava Limpa (2 months ago)
I am not disagreeing with you, but precisely what education are you talking about? Also, what is your opinion about proactively punishing people for the color of their skin?
Jurgen Rumsfeld (5 months ago)
Good job stealing Chris Rock's classic bit about Robitussin!
linx finx (5 months ago)
What hella small views with so great content.
Thelonious M (6 months ago)
Newsflash - TSA agents are aholes to all races. Its what happens when you take a poorly educated and trained individual and give them 2 square feet of authority.
truthbetold (25 days ago)
But this particular TSA agent always singled out blacks!
Jacklynn Jackson (3 months ago)
Thelonious M. OOOOOOOO
Dj Hughes (6 months ago)
Living fantasys sister they don't want to hear it... This topic doesn't effect them.... it's a war and I'm not trying to be negative it's just my reality.
Ava Limpa (2 months ago)
Once again, no harm in being courteous.
Furrowed Brow (2 months ago)
Ava Limpa I am a free agent. Go f#(k yourself.
Ava Limpa (2 months ago)
Furrowed Brow, It's good that you were aware of the misspelling or misuse of the word and tried to bring it to Dj's attention. However, you can correct a misspelling without being insulting. There is no harm in being civil.
Furrowed Brow (2 months ago)
Dj Hughes Affect. Not effect. A common mistake amongst illiterate people.
David Murray (6 months ago)
Postjudice
Donald Robertson (7 months ago)
The truth is plain to see but everyone refuses to look at it.
Kate O (7 months ago)
I hope TSA was sued and that security worker was fired or at least reprimanded. He often does it and still keeps his job?
Zeph Smith (3 months ago)
Alas, that outcome is very unlikely. There is very little meaningful oversight as it is structured today, and wide latitude is effectively granted to such agents. That is exactly what needs to change. An agent with a prejudice against blacks will use their authority in ways that cause serious harm to some passengers based on nothing more than skin color, while the real threats pass by with less scrutiny. Unlike Megan, I think focusing on getting rid of the bad apples like that person, is one of the most effective approaches to improving the situation within our lifetime. We also need to address other lesser issues, but "not clutching your purse" is not going to keep biased police or agents from mistreating people, it just diffuses responsibility and thus leverage for effective change.
Jerry Peters (3 months ago)
Kate O buts the BS hook line and sinker. Little clue Katie O. It did not happen exactly like the race hustler making the video claimed. I hope I don't have to explain why i know this.
emily woods (7 months ago)
White people only see what they wanna see and they don’t understand the there is a reason for things.
CapiTen10 (2 months ago)
The truth is Blacks will never be on a level playing field with whites because unlike East Asians, Jews or Indians who not only adjust, succeed and can surpass us in our societies blacks are clearly incapable of matching us. That is the truth, you're the dumbest least productive race on earth. Harsh I know. But true.
Uncle Jax (3 months ago)
love you sister
Windship Boyd (5 months ago)
Because most of us refuse to really learn about the history of this country- it's difficult to accept the role our ancestors played, manipulated by the elite. 'Seeing White' podcast, Slavery by another name, Hidden Colors, 13th ...all of these podcasts/ films tell the truth if we take the time to listen to them and find the courage to accept the truth.
Teddy Collier (7 months ago)
Can you ignore the fact that 15 % of a population commits over 50% of crime in america?
dave lloyd-jones (1 month ago)
what are you onabout
Furrowed Brow (2 months ago)
Teddy Collier Low average IQ. Blacks have an average IQ of 85. The average IQ of prison inmates is around 85. Psychologists call it the sweet spot for criminality.
JayTen Cross (7 months ago)
waaaaaaaa oh poor me.
Saroya Fanniel (2 months ago)
+Got a fresh delivery! You are projecting. Arrogance + Ignorance = Savagery.
Frank Christopher (8 months ago)
its not about skin, Its about culture.
Jay Santana (1 month ago)
this is apart of Europeans culture
Stephie King (2 months ago)
It's about correlation.
67CHEV 67CHEV (2 months ago)
Every Body Gets Harassed by TSA
Rossell Casildo (8 months ago)
I finish the job by the house and Michelle said it was all good.
Wild Swan (8 months ago)
Good job all around.
Michael Cox (1 year ago)
blacks are statistically more likely to disobey police orders compared to whites, this may be why they got shot at more. Its difficult to say it, but it you cannot hide from facts. That is not saying there isn't racism, there is.
MJ mj (1 month ago)
This guy is baiting. Ignore him.
Terrence Myers (1 month ago)
Michael Cox, The typical response from a white person that is in denial of reality. I
Deez Nutz (1 month ago)
67CHEV 67CHEV awwwwwww poor pathetic you
jazzyjake99 (1 year ago)
"The killing of unarmed blacks happens at an alarming rate". (Citation needed).
A Plicqu (7 days ago)
Twice as many unarmed blacks were killed as whites. The total number of people killed by police are white, which reflects the fact that more white people occupy this country. Percentage-wise, 50% more blacks were shot dead. And I looked it up.
Skinny2Swole (6 months ago)
and research shows it's false.
olzt100 (6 months ago)
It doesn't neeed a citiation. It needs you to research on your own.
Judah Richardson (2 years ago)
Go Rice!
angela williams (2 years ago)
What an amazing talk Thank you for being the voice of my generation!
nilphuxgiven (2 years ago)
1) I don't believe a word of her story about her brother. Blacks make up that type of thing frequently. Tawana Brawley was not a one-off incident. 2) "Why does the killing of unarmed blacks continue to happen?" Why is black mob violence happening at a much more alarming rate? Why is black on White rape hundreds of times more frequent than the inverse? Why is racially motivated black on White crime almost never prosecuted as a hate crime? 3) Black skin provokes the reaction it does because blacks commit so many damn crimes. Change your culture and Whites will change their perception. 4) I don't believe a word of the TSA story. See point 1. 5) "I think we mis-diagnose the problem." No we don't. We see blacks committing the vast majority of crime. A huge percentage of black boys don't have fathers in the home. We Whites see these things, among others. And you really think White supremacy is the problem? And for fuck's sake, the statute of limitations has run out on using slavery and lynchings as an excuse for violent behaviors today. If you want to be taken seriously outside the sheltered academic cocoon, you really need to stop the cognitive dissonance. Your culture is deeply corrupt. Look inward and change it and stop blaming people like me for your bad behavior.
Jurgen Rumsfeld (5 months ago)
+nilphuxgiven We're already in the process with our tribal unit. We have begun buying up property & have 1 house currently built with the wall going up next, then the sentinel's post after that. As it is private property in a sane state, we have a stand your ground law & we absolutely will shoot trespassers.
Mark off (2 years ago)
Stop committing crimes so much maybe you wont get shot lol...
Ava Limpa (2 months ago)
I don't know your age, but if you are a young white male do you think you deserve to be shot because off all the school shootings that other white males did?
薇嵐蕭 (3 months ago)
Mark Levers Wouldn’t that require you to leave as well? That is, unless your Native American.
Uncle Jax (3 months ago)
so, all crimes are punishable by death? Didn't know we lived in medieval times... lmao
Daring Soul (2 years ago)
Thank you to share this #blacklivesmatter
DrClaw77 (2 years ago)
+Jonathan Degeier You're a child molestor
Jonathan Degeier (2 years ago)
+Daring Soul I feel ya.
Ricy Bob (2 years ago)
#ALLlivesmatter

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