Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Ted Talk

In the ted talk, Mellody Hobson: Color blind or Color brave, Hobson discusses the issue of race. She begins the talk by sharing her own story of when she was seven years old and went to a birthday and was the only black person. Her mother questioned her and said, How did they treat you? She didn't really understand why someone would treat her differently. Hobson cited several statistics which included white men who make up 30% of the U.S population, they hold 70% of all corporate board seats. She was mistaken as a kitchen help, because she was the only black women when she arrived at a reception in the U.S Congress.  In my own personal experience, I remember at one of my jobs as a older teenager I was the only colored person. I felt out of place and a bit uncomfortable. It made me wonder and really think like why there were no colored people besides myself. I also have other experiences where in situations I felt like I wasn't able to express my feelings because I would be judged because of my skin color.

I agree with Mellody when she begins explaining about colorblindness not meaning there is no racial discrimination or fairness. It is important to not avoid race and to deal with it head on. Recognizing and embracing all races is important. I feel that it is important to express your opinion and share your personal experiences and "to get comfortable with the uncomfortable", like Hobson states in her talk.

As an environment like Youth and Action, the youth are encouraged to share their person life experiences and creating change in their environments. They also have the opportunity to interact with people of different diversity backgrounds and being able to express their opinions about issues of race without having fear of being judged about it. It is important for youth to understand this as well.

1 comment:

  1. I know exactly how it feels to be seating where you fear to voice and opinion because you are concerned about your skin college and background. I remember my sophomore year of college, I had this one class where I was the only student f color in the class. For many times I kept my opinion to myself, thinking because I was the only colored students my opinion would not be valid at all.