In her TEDx Talk below, Professor Megan Ming Francis asks a visionary question about about achieving racial justice and contends that we need to address the problem differently.
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“What if we placed freedom from racist violence at the crux of what it means to be free and equal in the United States?”
“In talking about the current racial crisis, we tend to focus all of our attention on police and overlook our own complicity in creating an environment in which Black lives are not treated as equal,” she said. “It’s not just a few bad racist apples in a police department or at an airport; it’s all of us, who in big ways through our actions and in small ways by our silences, support this lie—because that’s what it is, it’s a lie—that somehow Black folk are more dangerous than the rest of us. So not only do I believe that we’ve misdiagnosed the problem, I also think we have the wrong cure to it.”
ABOUT THE SPEAKER
“Megan Ming Francis is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Washington where she specializes in the study of American politics, race, and the development of constitutional law. She is particularly interested in the construction of rights and citizenship, black political activism, and the post-civil war South. Born and raised in Seattle, WA, she was educated at Garfield High School, Rice University in Houston, and Princeton University where she received her M.A. and her Ph.D. in Politics. In her award winning book, Civil Rights and the Making of the Modern American State, shows that the battle against lynching and mob violence in the first quarter of the 20th century were pivotal to the development of civil rights and the growth of federal court power. She is inspired by people who fight for justice–even when the end appears nowhere in sight.“PLEASE SHARE: