What is it?
Here is a TEDx Talks video that someone sent me called What I Am Learning From My White Grandchildren — Truths About Race | Anthony Peterson | TEDxAntioch:
What is it about?
Here is how TEDx Talks describes this video:
This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences.
Are we in a post-racial society?
Do we want to be?
Anthony Peterson, an African American, draws from current research and from conversations with his Anglo American grandchildren to address truths about race in 21st century America.
Anthony Peterson is an African American Army brat who calls Hawaii home.
He has lived, studied, written about, and taught about cultural and racial realities.
He has developed and facilitated diversity training for corporate and church leaders.
His degrees in psychology and religious education add to his perspective.
Anthony continues work as an educator, writer and editor in Nashville, Tennessee, where he lives with his wife, Laura.
They count six children and nine grandchildren.
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I agree with a lot of what he says but I disagree with some of it, my approach is to go even further and just stop using race at all, let people know that race does not exist and the history of it and put it in the history books (grave) where it belongs; and let people use ethnicity socially instead if they want to, and let them know that physically we are one species because it is kind of hard to fight racism if you keep pretending that race is real and / or keep using it and / or supporting it and / or keep not fighting against the idea of race itself as well because racism is partly / mostly dependent on the idea of race being real and people using and supporting and allowing it to continue to exist beyond the history books (grave) where it belongs.
I do not think that it will happen in my lifetime but I hope to see race put in the grave one day, and I wish that I could take it to the grave with me when my time comes.
- John Jr