Note — Jun 02, 2019

Baratunde Thurston: How to Deconstruct Racism, One Headline at a Time

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For only the second time over eighty-two issues… a TED talk! But this is the fantastic Baratunde Rafiq Thurston on systemic racism and living while black so indulge me and go watch. Btw, the link is to his website with an inspiring answer to the extra unexpected question, more on the data he used, and his process.

I’m semifamous, mostly happy, meditate twice a day, and yet, I walk around in fear, because I know that someone seeing me as a threat can become a threat to my life, and I am tired. I am tired of carrying this invisible burden of other people’s fears, and many of us are, and we shouldn’t have to, because we can change this, because we can change the action, which changes the story, which changes the system that allows those stories to happen. Systems are just collective stories we all buy into. When we change them, we write a better reality for us all to be a part of. I am asking us to use our power to choose. I am asking us to level up.