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How we can start to heal the pain of racial division | Ruby Sales

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"Where does it hurt?" It's a question that activist and educator Ruby Sales has traveled the US asking, looking deeply at the country's legacy of racism and searching for sources of healing. In this moving talk, she shares what she's learned, reflecting on her time as a freedom fighter in the civil rights movement and offering new thinking on pathways to racial justice.

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76 Comments on How we can start to heal the pain of racial division | Ruby Sales

  1. Let’s start then shall we? Why has TED become this PC outlet that stopped caring about real problems and focuses now on less important crap like racial division. Guess we solved world hunger, poverty and illnesses.

    • Wrocek It’s almost as if hunger, poverty, and illness go hand in hand with racial division, Jesus Christ.

    • How come you’re only able to care about one thing at once?

    • IOozeAwesomeness // 12th March 2019 at 4:49 pm // Reply

      What you fail to realize if the correlation between those issues and race. Edit: hunger, poverty, illness anything you want to talk about most greatly effects minorities not just blacks. You can’t talk about those things without addressing racial bias. I mean red lining was a real thing.

    • Cyrina Hunter // 12th March 2019 at 5:11 pm // Reply

      Racial divide involves world hunger too fool plus illnesses.

    • “Less important”? Isn’t it very important? The things that bind us together as Americans are our shared values and identity as a nation. While I think the color of your skin is less of a factor than the character of your heart, many people see things in black and white terms. That’s not “evil” or “stupid” that’s just how they perceive the same thing we perceive – human interaction.

  2. African Music Tv // 12th March 2019 at 4:09 pm // Reply

    Racism is a state of mind and not a natural phenomenon. Allow a white and black child to grow without external influences and you will discover that they will grow to ❤️ and not hate. At the end, we all have consciences that will determine our place in the #afterlife

    • Alexa Musick // 12th March 2019 at 7:39 pm // Reply

      +elijahp I spent most my life in the deep South. I’ve studied it well.

      The laws you mentioned are not racist. That’s a lie.
      They disproportionately affect the lower class which is disproportionately African American.
      They affect me because I’m lower class, not because of my skin color.

      Racist against whites? Lol you’re brainwashed.. How about diversity enforcement only on white majority areas?
      It’s written in *black* ink on *white* paper.
      Those are the real ‘Blacks and Whites’, and the only ones that matter.

    • Alexa Musick // 12th March 2019 at 7:44 pm // Reply

      +elijahp “Deal with it” I agree they might need to.
      All of these psychos calling for ‘kill all whites’ or ‘kill all men’ need to be locked up.
      When I see racial discrimination against humans, I think they should be punished, regardless of which ‘race’ they did it to.

    • Alexa Musick Oh, you mean affirmative action? Cool that you don’t even know the name of it. You really have no clue how little affirmative action is actually enforced. There is only ONE law on affirmative action enforced in the US, which was enforced in 1961 by JFK, which was “to ensure that applicants are employed, and employees are treated during employment, without regard to their race, creed, colour, or national origin”. There is no laws saying “you can’t have more than x white people working for you”, there’s only “you can’t refuse to hire someone just because of their race, or nationality”. And if you really spent most of your life in the Deep South, you should really open your eyes, because I’ve been to bars in NEW ORLEANS where they try to sit black and white people apart.
      And no, Florida didn’t cut off predominantly white lower class areas. They didn’t even just cut off black lower class areas. They cut off suburban areas that were partially/predominantly black. Again, how have you not read these papers? THEY’VE BEEN OUT SINCE 2000! YOU’VE HAD 19 YEARS!

    • Alexa Musick // 12th March 2019 at 8:37 pm // Reply

      +elijahp I refuse to call racism and sexism by such a pretty title.

      1961 – Executive Order 10925, issued by President Kennedy

      But that’s not all…

      • 1964 – Section 717 of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964
      • 1965 – U.S. Executive Order 11246 and Executive Order 11375
      • 1971 – Executive Order No. 11625, issued by President Nixon
      • 1971 – Griggs v. Duke Power Company 401 U.S. 424 (1971)
      • 1973 – Section 501 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973
      • 1974 – DeFunis v. Odegaard 416 U.S. 312 (1974)
      • 1978 – Regents of the University of California v. Bakke 438 U.S. 265 (1978)
      • 1979 – U.S. Executive Order 12138
      • 1989 – City of Richmond v. J.A. Croson Co., 488 U.S. 469
      • 1989 – Wards Cove Packing Co. v. Atonio, 490 U.S. 642
      • 1995 – Adarand Constructors, Inc. v. Peña, 515 U.S. 200
      • 1996 – Hopwood v. Texas, 78 F.3d 932 (5th Cir.1996)
      • 1998 – President Clinton’s Affirmative Action Review
      • 200…you get the point?
      The point is your a liar..

    • Alexa Musick MY GOD, THATS EXECUTIVE ORDER! It’s AFFIRMATIVE ACTION! Sweetheart, no…

  3. Miles Coverdale // 12th March 2019 at 4:10 pm // Reply

    What a load of crap! When people accept there is but one race then matters will be seen in their proper perspective. As long as people believe in different races there shall always been a division of the human race by these racists.

  4. Racial multiplication and addition can solve this problem

  5. Disruptive Times // 12th March 2019 at 4:16 pm // Reply

    Just stop divide people by race.

  6. Here’s an idea: Stop the racist left from driving a wedge between ethnic groups in the name of inclusion and diversity.

    • The Reverend Scoops // 12th March 2019 at 5:04 pm // Reply

      For anyone who doesnt understand this comment- ‘cultural marxism’. Youre welcome.

    • The Reverend Scoops // 12th March 2019 at 5:53 pm // Reply

      +wide awake wow. Dumb.

    • +wide awake yeah, I’m in favour of moving away from those racist, ancient political institutions and instead judge everyone as individuals, by their character. White people need not feel ashamed at all, especially if they had no hand in implementing them

  7. Sezrekahn Eldar // 12th March 2019 at 4:18 pm // Reply

    We’ve taken care of everything
    The words you hear, the songs you sing
    The pictures that give pleasure to your eyes
    It’s one for all, all for one
    We work together, common sons
    Never need to wonder how or why
    We are the priests
    Of the Temples of Syrinx
    Our great computers
    Fill the hollowed halls
    We are the priests
    Of the Temples of Syrinx
    All the gifts of life
    Are held within our walls
    Look around this world we made
    Equality our stock in trade
    Come and join the brotherhood of man
    Oh what a wide contented world
    Let the banners be unfurled
    Hold the red star proudly high in hand

  8. When one side realizes it’s about character and not race. It’s rocket not science.

  9. Today is history in the making, and ironically, it’s often the people who seemingly simmer with hate and resentment the most, who are forever accusing others of racism! The Jussie Smollett debacle is a case in point! How many people were physically attacked in revenge attacks because of his lies, one has to wonder!

    • I know AllJazita is as based as Fox news but believe that their figures can help to inform the discussion.

      2/3 of hate crimes they recorded (including anything labeled “terrorism”) was perpetuated by white people against people of other ethnicity… That’s the demographic that appears more violent than any other (adjusted for demographic differences, income and education) suggesting its a more aggressive culture than believe in Islam or “gang culture”.

    • Alexa Musick // 12th March 2019 at 4:46 pm // Reply

      +fiona fiona That’s because it’s not a hate crime to attack a white person for being white.
      Find that statistic. It will clearly show, like *everything ever!* that African Americans are more aggressive and hate filled (racist)

    • +Alexa Musick
      African Americans are on average poorer and younger, discounting their contribution to the overall number (even if absolute numbers were used by AJ and 25% off the population accounted for less than 30% of the mentioned reported action (while Hispanics who are more than 3% of US residents made up 3%))

    • Alexa Musick // 12th March 2019 at 6:08 pm // Reply

      +fiona fiona I have many years of poverty and homelessness.
      I agree that, while we are slightly different, most of the problem is poverty.
      Due to many reasons, some in fault by colonialism, the African American community is affected by poverty more.
      This is a huge inflation on those statistics. It’s still true, but arbitrary.
      We are close enough the same that it doesn’t matter.

    • +Alexa Musick alias it’s important to act close and reduce (self perpetuating) poverty

  10. Jonatas Nogueira // 12th March 2019 at 4:28 pm // Reply

    Ilke how Morgan Freeman responded to racism with just “Stop talking about it”

    • Alexa Musick // 12th March 2019 at 7:45 pm // Reply

      +Brooke it did work and is the only thing that will work again. You’re stupid, not naive.

    • GuitarZombie // 12th March 2019 at 8:00 pm // Reply

      +Brooke Every time we hear people referred to by a race, racism is perpetuated

    • Descendant Travels // 12th March 2019 at 8:38 pm // Reply

      Just let the lynchings happen then. You beasts are going to struggle with your Karmic Retribution. Pass the popcorn.

    • Alexa Musick // 12th March 2019 at 8:41 pm // Reply

      +Descendant Travels They aren’t happening..
      Smollett lied..
      Crimes are punished, regardless of race.
      Or should be..

    • *Racism WILL NEVER END.* It will just get replaced my *CLASSISM* eventually. *”Somebodies gotta win and somebodies GOTTA LOSE”.* In a perfect world we’d all come in first place, but UNFORTUNATELY, that will *NEVER COME TO FRUITION IN THIS REALITY.* The only reason why racism IS *STILL SO STRONG in 2019* is because black people are *TOO WEAK, NON TACTICAL AND TOO SPRITUAL.* They still believe they can *HUG AND LOVE THEIR WAY TO EQUALITY.*
      The kill em with kindness tactic has *NEVER EVER WORKED ANYWHERE ON EARTH IN HUMAN HISTORY!!!*

  11. RealityCalling // 12th March 2019 at 4:29 pm // Reply

    Definitely by dividing ourselves along racial lines and denouncing anyone who hold even the slightest difference in policy opinion racist, sexist, *phobic, etc…

    And if that doesn’t makes sense, just remember… leftism.

    Also, this chick just claimed the “culture of whiteness” strips away identity groups and creates unity. But she’s sees that as divisive. Because she is a moron.

    • John Hillman // 12th March 2019 at 4:40 pm // Reply

      as long as that thinking prevails, nothing will change

    • If you’re so adamant to point out the use of racial divisions, why do you use words that highlight political divisions such as leftism, which is arguably just as harmful

  12. THATMOFODIRT // 12th March 2019 at 4:41 pm // Reply

    Stop dividing people into groups based on immutable characteristics.

  13. do your self a favor,and watch it at 1.5 times the normal speed

  14. Georgie Pineda // 12th March 2019 at 4:57 pm // Reply

    So the way to beat racism is by demonizing one race?

    • mintandlimeandlemonade // 12th March 2019 at 6:18 pm // Reply

      It is about white privilege and internalised racism, institutional racism. Racism that way too many people experience every day and that white people do not even recognise as such because it is so normalised.

    • Georgie Pineda // 12th March 2019 at 9:03 pm // Reply

      +asteiner274 I’m not even white and i felt like she was attacking me.

    • Georgie Pineda // 12th March 2019 at 9:11 pm // Reply

      +mintandlimeandlemonade So USA still has cops jailing protesters for their skin color and shooting them with shotguns at plain sight without any repercusion? The bus is still divided in two sections and if the non-white decides not to give the sit is put to prison? Because i’m not white and i’m not a USA citizen yet when i was on the USA i didn’t felt institutionally opressed.

      And what privilege does having white color has? Last time i was in USA UTAH i only saw white beggars in the streets and in the charity alms that i went was full of them whities and they didn’t seem priviledge at all.

      And what’s internalised racism? So far a racist is blatantly obvious.

    • Georgie Pineda // 12th March 2019 at 9:12 pm // Reply

      +Kip Buxton Please do tell what is “The culture of whiteness” because as far as i am concern people prefer a tan.

    • +Georgie Pineda I wasn’t trying to tell you anything that wasn’t in the video.

  15. I love Morgan Freeman’s idea on this issue. Stop bringing race up so much , throwing it in everyone’s face so much. When talking to Mike Wallace Morgan said how about you just call and refer to me as Morgan Freeman the man , not the black actor. In turn he said to Mike Wallace – I will refer to you as Mike Wallace the man not Mike Wallace the white Jew news anchor.
    Think about the brilliance in the simplicity of it. It’s thrown into everyone’s face so much that it actually makes it worse and irritates people when they hear so much of it. It is only stoking the fires of racism.
    Putting it under this microscope is only causing devisions between us. After all what do you normally get when you put something under a microscope? You see all the differences and you miss everything that makes us so very similar, so human.

    • And not talking about crime will surely make it disappear off the face of the Earth. Surely police officers are just stoking the fires of crime by discussing ways to fix it. Ah, and terrorism. See how it went away just because we didn’t talk about it anymore? Because ignoring issues and ways to fix them clearly makes them disappear

  16. Torin McCabe // 12th March 2019 at 5:13 pm // Reply

    It is “whiteness” not “white people”.
    > Let me ask my brain, “Brain when you hear ‘whiteness’ what do you think about’?”
    > Brain answers: “I see only systems of oppression. When I see people it is only with compassion and love for we are all born wanting to be good, but the systems brainwash us into hate and oppression”.
    > “But brain why do we use skin color and ‘whiteness'”?
    > Answer, “FU white boy your time is coming”

  17. Racial divide is a lie. I do not discriminate and neither do my neighbors. Period!!

  18. RheubenRheuben // 12th March 2019 at 5:21 pm // Reply

    I am sorry someone killed your friend and made you a racist

  19. And then, another political correctness lecture,i’m done with TED.

  20. People normally form into groups and tribes that like drama and fights between the groups, because you know our Internet group is so much better than that other one 🙂
    Look at who sits with whom in the popular restaurants. People form groups by size, gender, color, and age.

    The issue of the discriminated us is that after a while we start repeating the message of victimhood, even if its not present anymore. That limits our own hope and positive efforts to push forward in life.

    • Kurt E. Clothier // 12th March 2019 at 7:47 pm // Reply

      People sit with random other people at restaurants? I usually sit with my wife. I didn’t realize I could just find any other slightly overweight, 30-something, white male and join them. Do we split the tab, or is it their job to pay since I’m the guest at the table?

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