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Beratunde Thurston, Social Justice Speaker

Beratunde Thurston
 
American writer, commentator and cultural critic Beratunde Thurston talked about stories and the power they have to tell us who we are and who we can be. He spoke specifically on stories about Black people in the U.S. as they are represented on social media, which Thurston began collecting and diagramming to look for the common elements. This allowed him to diagram and criticize the ways in which white supremacy – as a system that includes many factors including gentrification – is enacted, reflected and weaponized in popular culture and in communities. He spoke specifically about how in the pattern he discovered, he saw the potential to shift the narrative by shifting the outcomes and recognizing the structure. There is a structure to white supremacy, he said. Structure is what makes it systemic. “What I am asking all of us to do is see that structure and to see the humanity of those who are made targets,” he said. “There is an invisible but tangible tax that some of us are made to pay for our existence. It comes with having to bear the weight of other people’s fears and short-sightedness. How do we change this? We change the action, which changes the story, which ultimately changes the system.”
 

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  1. Angela says:

    Outstanding speaker with an amazing view of the world. How enlightening!

  2. Nikki Clucas says:

    I feel very privileged to have heard this presentation. Someday, we will have a true global community. This message needs to be spread far and wide.

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