Racism Ted Talk

This assignment requires you to watch two Ted Talk Videos of your choice from the list below. These videos all relate to racism.
Then write a paper answering each of the questions below. The paper should be double-spaced and in formal paragraph writing using Times New Roman 12 font with 1 inch margins. Number the answer to each question.
Your paper should be at least 2 full pages. You need a cover page, but you do not need a References page.
1. Which two videos did you choose and why?
2. Describe the speaker in the video, what makes them qualified to speak on these issues?
3. What is the main theme of each talk?
4. Tell me two things that you learned from each talk.
5. Now I want you to compare and contrast the two videos. Were there similar themes in the talks (other than just racism)? What was different in the two talks, were there points that were different, or even statements that conflicted between the two videos?
6. Which one did you find most powerful and why?
Below are links to the videos from which you can choose, along with a brief overview of each one:
1.
https://www.ted.com/talks/heather_c_mcghee_racism_has_a_cost_for_everyone?referrer=playlist-talks_to_help_you_understand_r (Links to an external site.)
Racism makes our economy worse — and not just in ways that harm people of color, says public policy expert Heather C. McGhee. From her research and travels across the US, McGhee shares startling insights into how racism fuels bad policymaking and drains our economic potential — and offers a crucial rethink on what we can do to create a more prosperous nation for all. “Our fates are linked,” she says. “It costs us so much to remain divided.”
2.
https://www.ted.com/talks/david_r_williams_how_racism_makes_us_sick?referrer=playlist-talks_to_help_you_understand_r (Links to an external site.)
Why does race matter so profoundly for health? David R. Williams developed a scale to measure the impact of discrimination on well-being, going beyond traditional measures like income and education to reveal how factors like implicit bias, residential segregation and negative stereotypes create and sustain inequality. In this eye-opening talk, Williams presents evidence for how racism is producing a rigged system — and offers hopeful examples of programs across the US that are working to dismantle discrimination.
3.
https://www.ted.com/talks/baratunde_thurston_how_to_deconstruct_racism_one_headline_at_a_time?referrer=playlist-talks_to_help_you_understand_r (Links to an external site.)
Baratunde Thurston explores the phenomenon of white Americans calling the police on black Americans who have committed the crimes of … eating, walking or generally “living while black.” In this profound, thought-provoking and often hilarious talk, he reveals the power of language to change stories of trauma into stories of healing — while challenging us all to level up.
4.
https://www.ted.com/talks/rich_benjamin_my_road_trip_through_the_whitest_towns_in_america?referrer=playlist-talks_to_help_you_understand_r (Links to an external site.)
As America becomes more and more multicultural, Rich Benjamin noticed a phenomenon: Some communities were actually getting less diverse. So he got out a map, found the whitest towns in the USA — and moved in. In this funny, honest, human talk, he shares what he learned as a black man in Whitopia.
5.
https://www.ted.com/talks/james_a_white_sr_the_little_problem_i_had_renting_a_house?referrer=playlist-talks_to_help_you_understand_r (Links to an external site.)
Fifty-three years ago, James A. White Sr. joined the US Air Force. But as an African American man, he had to go to shocking lengths to find a place for his young family to live nearby. He tells this powerful story about the lived experience of “everyday racism” — and how it echoes today in the way he’s had to teach his grandchildren to interact with police.
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