Color blind or color brave? | Mellody Hobson

Color blind or color brave? | Mellody Hobson

So it’s 2006. My friend Harold Ford calls me. He’s running for U.S. Senate in Tennessee, and he says, “Mellody, I desperately need some national press. Do you have any ideas?” So I had an idea. I called a friend who was in New York at one of the most successful
media companies in the world, and she said, “Why don’t we host an editorial board lunch for Harold? You come with him.” Harold and I arrive in New York. We are in our best suits. We look like shiny new pennies. And we get to the receptionist, and we say, “We’re here for the lunch.” She motions for us to follow her. We walk through a series of corridors, and all of a sudden we find ourselves in a stark room, at which point she looks at us and she says, “Where are your uniforms?” Just as this happens, my friend rushes in. The blood drains from her face. There are literally no words, right? And I look at her, and I say, “Now, don’t you think we need more than one black person in the U.S. Senate?” Now Harold and I — (Applause) — we still laugh about that story, and in many ways, the moment caught me off guard, but deep, deep down inside, I actually wasn’t surprised. And I wasn’t surprised because of something my mother taught me about 30 years before. You see, my mother was ruthlessly realistic. I remember one day coming
home from a birthday party where I was the only black kid invited, and instead of asking me the
normal motherly questions like, “Did you have fun?” or “How was the cake?” my mother looked at me and she said, “How did they treat you?” I was seven. I did not understand. I mean, why would anyone treat me differently? But she knew. And she looked me right in the eye and she said, “They will not always treat you well.” Now, race is one of those topics in America that makes people extraordinarily uncomfortable. You bring it up at a dinner party or in a workplace environment, it is literally the conversational equivalent of touching the third rail. There is shock, followed by a long silence. And even coming here today, I told some friends and colleagues that I planned to talk about race, and they warned me, they told me, don’t do it, that there’d be huge risks in me talking about this topic, that people might think I’m a militant black woman and I would ruin my career. And I have to tell you, I actually for a moment was a bit afraid. Then I realized, the first step to solving any problem is to not hide from it, and the first step to any form of action is awareness. And so I decided to actually talk about race. And I decided that if I came
here and shared with you some of my experiences, that maybe we could all be a little less anxious and a little more bold in our conversations about race. Now I know there are people out there who will say that the election of Barack Obama meant that it was the end of racial discrimination for all eternity, right? But I work in the investment business, and we have a saying: The numbers do not lie. And here, there are significant, quantifiable racial disparities that cannot be ignored, in household wealth, household income, job opportunities, healthcare. One example from corporate America: Even though white men make up just 30 percent of the U.S. population, they hold 70 percent of all corporate board seats. Of the Fortune 250, there are only seven CEOs that are minorities, and of the thousands of publicly
traded companies today, thousands, only two are chaired by black women, and you’re looking at one of them, the same one who, not too long ago, was nearly mistaken for kitchen help. So that is a fact. Now I have this thought experiment that I play with myself, when I say, imagine if I walked you into a room and it was of a major corporation, like ExxonMobil, and every single person around
the boardroom were black, you would think that were weird. But if I walked you into a Fortune 500 company, and everyone around the table is a white male, when will it be that we think that’s weird too? And I know how we got here. (Applause) I know how we got here. You know, there was institutionalized, at one time legalized, discrimination in our country. There’s no question about it. But still, as I grapple with this issue, my mother’s question hangs in the air for me: How did they treat you? Now, I do not raise this issue to complain or in any way to elicit any kind of sympathy. I have succeeded in my life beyond my wildest expectations, and I have been treated well by people of all races more often than I have not. I tell the uniform story because it happened. I cite those statistics around
corporate board diversity because they are real, and I stand here today talking about this issue of racial discrimination because I believe it threatens to rob another generation of all the opportunities that all of us want for all of our children, no matter what their color or where they come from. And I think it also threatens to hold back businesses. You see, researchers have coined this term “color blindness” to describe a learned behavior where we pretend that we don’t notice race. If you happen to be surrounded by a bunch of people who look like you, that’s purely accidental. Now, color blindness, in my view, doesn’t mean that there’s no racial discrimination, and there’s fairness. It doesn’t mean that at all. It doesn’t ensure it. In my view, color blindness is very dangerous because it means we’re ignoring the problem. There was a corporate study that said that, instead of avoiding race, the really smart corporations
actually deal with it head on. They actually recognize that embracing diversity means recognizing all races, including the majority one. But I’ll be the first one to tell you, this subject matter can be hard, awkward, uncomfortable — but that’s kind of the point. In the spirit of debunking racial stereotypes, the one that black people don’t like to swim, I’m going to tell you how much I love to swim. I love to swim so much that as an adult, I swim with a coach. And one day my coach had me do a drill where I had to swim to one end of a 25-meter pool without taking a breath. And every single time I failed, I had to start over. And I failed a lot. By the end, I got it, but when I got out of the pool, I was exasperated and tired and annoyed, and I said, “Why are we doing
breath-holding exercises?” And my coach looked me
at me, and he said, “Mellody, that was not a breath-holding exercise. That drill was to make you comfortable being uncomfortable, because that’s how most of us spend our days.” If we can learn to deal with our discomfort, and just relax into it, we’ll have a better life. So I think it’s time for us to be comfortable with the uncomfortable conversation about race: black, white, Asian, Hispanic, male, female, all of us, if we truly believe in equal rights and equal opportunity in America, I think we have to have real conversations about this issue. We cannot afford to be color blind. We have to be color brave. We have to be willing, as teachers and parents and entrepreneurs and scientists, we have to be willing to have proactive conversations about race with honesty and understanding and courage, not because it’s the right thing to do, but because it’s the smart thing to do, because our businesses and our products and our science, our research, all of that will be better with greater diversity. Now, my favorite example of color bravery is a guy named John Skipper. He runs ESPN. He’s a North Carolina native, quintessential Southern gentleman, white. He joined ESPN, which already had a culture of inclusion and diversity, but he took it up a notch. He demanded that every open position have a diverse slate of candidates. Now he says the senior people in the beginning bristled, and they would come to him and say, “Do you want me to hire the minority, or do you want me to hire
the best person for the job?” And Skipper says his answers were always the same: “Yes.” And by saying yes to diversity, I honestly believe that ESPN is the most valuable cable franchise in the world. I think that’s a part of the secret sauce. Now I can tell you, in my own industry, at Ariel Investments, we actually view our diversity as a competitive advantage, and that advantage can extend
way beyond business. There’s a guy named Scott Page
at the University of Michigan. He is the first person to develop a mathematical calculation for diversity. He says, if you’re trying to
solve a really hard problem, really hard, that you should have a diverse group of people, including those with diverse intellects. The example that he gives is the smallpox epidemic. When it was ravaging Europe, they brought together all these scientists, and they were stumped. And the beginnings of the cure to the disease came from the most unlikely source, a dairy farmer who noticed that the milkmaids were not getting smallpox. And the smallpox vaccination is bovine-based because of that dairy farmer. Now I’m sure you’re sitting here and you’re saying, I don’t run a cable company, I don’t run an investment firm, I am not a dairy farmer. What can I do? And I’m telling you, you can be color brave. If you’re part of a hiring process or an admissions process, you can be color brave. If you are trying to solve a really hard problem, you can speak up and be color brave. Now I know people will say, but that doesn’t add up to a lot, but I’m actually asking you
to do something really simple: observe your environment, at work, at school, at home. I’m asking you to look at the people around you purposefully and intentionally. Invite people into your life who don’t look like you, don’t think like you, don’t act like you, don’t come from where you come from, and you might find that they
will challenge your assumptions and make you grow as a person. You might get powerful new insights from these individuals, or, like my husband, who happens to be white, you might learn that black people, men, women, children, we use body lotion every single day. Now, I also think that this is very important so that the next generation really understands that this progress will help them, because they’re expecting
us to be great role models. Now, I told you, my mother, she was ruthlessly realistic. She was an unbelievable role model. She was the kind of person who got to be the way she was because she was a single mom with six kids in Chicago. She was in the real estate business, where she worked extraordinarily hard but oftentimes had a hard time making ends meet. And that meant sometimes we got our phone disconnected, or our lights turned off, or we got evicted. When we got evicted, sometimes we lived in these small apartments that she owned, sometimes in only one or two rooms, because they weren’t completed, and we would heat our bathwater on hot plates. But she never gave up hope, ever, and she never allowed us to give up hope either. This brutal pragmatism that she had, I mean, I was four and she told me, “Mommy is Santa.” (Laughter) She was this brutal pragmatism. She taught me so many lessons, but the most important lesson was that every single day she told me, “Mellody, you can be anything.” And because of those words, I would wake up at the crack of dawn, and because of those words, I would love school more than anything, and because of those words, when I was on a bus going to school, I dreamed the biggest dreams. And it’s because of those words
that I stand here right now full of passion, asking you to be brave for the kids who are dreaming those dreams today. (Applause) You see, I want them to look at a CEO on television and say, “I can be like her,” or, “He looks like me.” And I want them to know that anything is possible, that they can achieve the highest level that they ever imagined, that they will be welcome
in any corporate boardroom, or they can lead any company. You see this idea of being the land of the free and the home of the brave, it’s woven into the fabric of America. America, when we have a challenge, we take it head on, we don’t shrink away from it. We take a stand. We show courage. So right now, what I’m asking you to do, I’m asking you to show courage. I’m asking you to be bold. As business leaders, I’m asking you not to leave anything on the table. As citizens, I’m asking you
not to leave any child behind. I’m asking you not to be color blind, but to be color brave, so that every child knows that their future matters and their dreams are possible. Thank you. (Applause) Thank you. Thanks. Thanks. (Applause)

Comments (100)

  1. this is not discrimination. these cases are all results of America's unfortunate past, when segregation and discrimination was legal. I don't think that intellectual majority nowadays has any issues with equal rights. it's just combinations of wrong assumption and prejudice that need more time to fade away. and, unfortunately, all these conversations and talks are nothing but complains about unavoidable. they are pointless and make things even sadder…

  2. I dont like the fact that youre dressed like a maid tho..defeats all u said..sorry

  3. I thought this video was actually about being color blind, I can't tell the difference between most blues and purples and some greens and oranges.

  4. I use lotion everyday too! That's just good skin care <3

  5. Stop appropriating my colorblindness

  6. "Imagine if i walked you into a board room of a major corporation like Exxon Mobil, and every single person around the board room were black, you would think that were weird. But if i walked you into a fortune 500 company, and everyone around the board room were white, when will we think that's weird too?" – Mellody Hobson

  7. I think it's important to consider the difference between having equal opportunity for a racial group, and equal opportunity for the individual. Things like affirmative action help with equal opportunity for a group, but not necessarily for the individual. 8:50

  8. So should the most qualified candidate or the most diverse candidate be hired? The most diverse candidate may end up being the most qualified, but what happens if that is not the case? Be brave by selecting the darkest "color"?

  9. Amazing! I loved this Ted video.

  10. the naiveness of the comment section, of leftist social justice warriors is just hilarious.

  11. I always look at someone's color before I hire them – color and gender are really important, qualifications shouldn't matter so long as they're NOT white.

  12. My best friend was ( is still duh) black when I was 6. I didn't know she was different until a teacher asks me ''where your black friend is?". I asked ""who?"". She named my friend. Then I realize race. I just thought she got coffee color skin for no reason. As blue eye or tall people… I stay colorblind still. I'm worst. I don't label people. You are a person and we worth the weight of our soul's kindness… nothing else.

  13. Urrg. I didn't know TED promoted racism. She acts like no one talks about racism – Certain minority groups promote it and only leave room for THEIR NARRATIVE and anything that departs from it is RACIST talk. This binary categorization is what makes race a taboo subject.

  14. Dr. Francis Cress Welsing "RACISM=WHITESUPREMACY !" My husband , who just happens to be white . Where is the brave?????

  15. As a colorblind person, I came here thinking this was about Colorblind people LOL. Still Good talk!

  16. Thank you Mellody Hobson, one day soon we will live in a world where it won't be based on color but based on intelligence, knowledge, and wisdom of which we all bestow. Although I personally don't have much respect for whites/ Caucasians because of what they have done to our people even in today's time. I learned I must not be angry with them because I will be shackled down in anger and pain not allowing me to grow to best of my ability. Thank you for being a leader. Thank you for questioning the "norm".

  17. Good job on CBS Sunday Morning as substitute host.

  18. Really great talk. But I cringe at the moment when Mellody Hobson — inadvertently, one would hope — implied that the dairy farmer in the small pox anectdote was of a lower intellect. Perhaps she meant to say that when you are trying to solve a problem, you should include people of varying educational backgrounds rather than varying intellects?

  19. Was it just me to realize… that entire introduction was so non-sequitur that I had no idea what she was talking about…

  20. I like this talks

  21. i was kinda epecing somehin about coloblind people osh

  22. It sounds like the people responding to this lecture have missed the point.  This is why race relations in the U.S. will not improve anytime in the near future.

  23. I'm seeing a lot of people echoing "if you're giving special treatments to the minorities, this is not equality because then it is unfair to the whites". If one is truly concerned of equality, one is to consider the context of history. We don't achieve equality by simply echoing "we are all inherently equal, therefore everyone should get equal chance". The problem is, due to the context of history, we weren't treated and perceived equally. So if one is truly concern of equality, one can't say that everyone should get equal chance because clearly after all the oppression and racism in the past, we aren't equal – some collective group weren't treated equally as the other. Notably the perception and mistreatments in the past are still in the subconscious minds of most today, which then affects decision making. While we are getting better at raising awareness towards diversity, we have only just began to fix this issue of the past. We're at the time of healing the wounds of inequality. This is a big part of what it pertains to be not color blind – being aware of the context of history so that you dont say that everyone is equal, therefore everyone gets equal chance because again, the truth is while we want to think that everyone is equal, we are not and we need to fix this. True equality is the goal, but in order to get there, we need Equity.

  24. As an entrepreneur, I'll hire a person based off of their work ethic, respect and behavior. Not ethnicity. I was raised to treat everyone with respect, that's what I'm hoping to hear a Ted talk on!

  25. She's right, but some take her good word and pervert it. I'm the US, the leftist love to group everyone into groups thus, robbing them of their identity.

  26. I can not stand her.

  27. I work with mostly white people…because my city is mostly white people.

  28. So her mom made her racist? K

  29. She dress like help XD

  30. well…I thought this was gonna be on colorblindness…

  31. I have nothing to add to this conversation, except that her dress is freaking 👌👌👌

  32. So….she admits she got her racial biases from her mom? I'm impressed that she admitted that.

  33. At the end of the day Diversity affects corporate bottom line. It is more or less Diversify or Perish. Facebook, google, Apple are jumping on the diversity bandwagon. You will be left behind if you don't embrace diversity or possibly sued for discrimination.

  34. I really like this speech. I also like the term Colorbrave as opposed to Colorblind in the it is to your own advantage to invite those individuals who dont look like you, act like you, think like you, or come from where you come from so that you can enrich your life by developing through so many different racial perspectives. That is the message I got. ( I don't run or coporation lol)

  35. You know what else doesn't lie? Fruit trees. Stop holding yourselves back. All of you.

  36. Every time I try to have an open conversation about race with a black person they generally run away. They often want the affirmation of victimhood rather than anything else.

  37. Good talk but the espn anecdote is problematic. I have worked long enough to know that if your boss won't give you a straight answer to an easy question it is because they can't stand over what they expect you to do. The implication of the evasion here is simple hire the black person.

  38. she doesn't talk like a black woman

  39. Oh my God again regrets about black

  40. I had the honor to see/hear her speak at the KNOW YOUR RIGHTS CAMP in New Orleans! Very inspired by her works and in support of her standing with Colin K. 🙂

  41. Mellody don,t talk about race, since you are married to a dog smelling cave devil.

  42. Would America change after horrific experience similar what Germans had to face in 1945? Is this the only cure for the disease of arrogance and faith of "American exceptionalism"? Don't forget that even Barack Obama believed in that bullshit and cruiser misseles were flying above Yemen, Syria, Iraq, Libya and Afghanistan. War criminal is war criminal what ever his skin pigmentation is.

  43. I chose to read the comments to see if anyone felt the same as I did after the amazing speech but all I saw was a bunch of nit pickers…I’ll know next time to just give it a thumbs up and continue my day.

  44. The very notion of race is based on a fundamental lie of skin color. When I call something something that its not we have a language problem. If I call a color a color it is not then I can divide the human race. There are no white black yellow or red people because people can't have those colors. We have all been racially gaslighted. People are colored blind because the very way skin color is defined is a lie. If someone calls me white I say they have a perception deficit disorder. What color does people of color include or exclude?

  45. How about diversity of ideas and not calling people racist all the time for disagreeing with you. F this lady, I will be color blind and I will never look at a person differently cause of their skin color.

  46. I love watching ultra-privileged people speaking about things that don't affect them anymore.

  47. i don't feel sorry for her !

  48. embracing diversity means don't hire the best qualified person for the job … wake up !

  49. Yes we do need more Black people in the senate

  50. I see it everyday, and I think it is weird !

  51. Awesome lady 🌹

  52. When it comes to the whole color blind aspect of thinking, I think there is too much sensitivity that is reinforced to the "victim" so upon a person being told "you will be treated differently" if that person, hypothetically, was never treated differently, but has the notion in his/her mind, that notion will be enough to gather up a negative attitude and have an abrupt speech pattern where the persons words are molded in such a way that the person always is "on edge" or "ready to fight the fight", instead of attempting to make conversation with those around him/her and then upon having a substantial conversation, to then step back from it, and ask oneself "How did I feel after that conversation?".

    In a nutshell, what I'm trying to say is, the more you think that people are against you, the more you will display it in your words, thoughts, body language, body rhythm, vocal tone range, so put an ice cube on your inner zealous that screams "everyone hates me because I'm white, black, both, etc." Experience the world around you first and the people around you, then, come to a decision point, but not after a mere five minutes or something ridiculous like that.

  53. I love her voice, her passion, her wisdom and indeed, there will only be a true wealth when all the colors, religions, genders etc…are represented.

  54. People always assume I'm an employee even though I'm never in even the same color clothes as the workers. If this can happen to white people, then I fail to see what the racial problem is. Whites are treated the same as blacks in our society.

  55. America systematic problems, is based off the powerful refusing to be responsible for the original national sins of, greed, unfairness, inequalities , injustice, deception, and hypocrisy of acting as the God is please with the results.

  56. isn't she married to George Lucas?

  57. She almost lost me at the very beginning mentioning Harold Ford as a 'friend' from Tennessee (Memphis specifically). Well the problem I have with that is this, the Ford family in Memphis have been constantly involved in corruption, not to mention Harold Ford (Not sure which one shes referring to because theres a SR, JR and the III'd if I remember correctly. Anyways, shes promoting Harold Ford and regardless of which Harold Ford shes talking about, THEY ALL have been engaged in criminal behavior while maintaining office. HFord SR did a stint in prison for corruption and his son was arrested and charged don't think the convictions stuck bc of his political influence8 but the same guy literally got arrested because a citizen (race the same) reported the assault. The guy not only beat his girlfriend up but dragged her out of their car and apparently left her on the side of the road. So while I enjoyed her TED talk, using any Ford from TN (Memphis, TN) is sort of a joke. They've ALWAYS been involved in corruption ** allegedly * with their politics (like living in one district but being vote as a rep from another district. The SR was in jail for a 5yr sentence for some sort of embezzlement I believe. Anyways, the moral of the story for me, or should I say my recommendation for the TED talk holder, would be to use people who don't have a long list of criminal behavior including stealing from the city/state they represent but also shady practices surrounding their long list of funeral homes that have had more than a few complaints. If anybody is interested just google the Harold Ford Family from Memphis, TN. They are as crooked as they come. Anyways, I wont go on and on but its kind of sad she thinks Harold Ford, whether it be SR JR or the III, Would be a benefit to the senate regardless of what race they are. Otherwise I liked the video. I guess I just have an issue when people act as if we need more of this or that race to make things change. Agreed to an extent but picking the most corrupt of them sort of kills your argument of needing diversity. There are plenty of African americans that have not been allowed into the senate bc of the campaigns of Dem opponents because they make AA Communities believe those AA candidates are " uncle Toms " because they don't vote based on the general policy opinions that the majority of DEM's do. Anyways, I need to stop before I start a short story.

  58. And she is married to a white man. Youtube and yahoo had asian ceos. Mayosaki shon practically owns most of the shares of tech company like alibaba. The man who owns at and t is south american. Surely, merit based leans toward whitemen but it should not be undermined. Rather, those with merits should be recognized without discrimination. I dont believe in racial based affirmitive action. Better solution is education reform that foces on merit and encourages all to enjoy that kind of education

  59. YouTube and Facebook are always at competition for the most ignorant comment sections

  60. When an unacceptably high percentage of any group is behaving badly, it will naturally give the whole group a bad reputation. Duh!

  61. This was an insightful and inspiring talk. I agree, all of us seeking change in this countries racial dynamic should be more bold. No change comes about through silence. On that note we should really get rid of the term "Hispanic" to describe brown/mixed people and countries that speak Spanish. That word classifies these people as "relating to Spain, or Spanish speaking countries". Where does that leave our indigenous, African, or other ancestry? It erases it in one word. I don't want my ancestry whitewashed. STOP USING HISPANIC.

  62. So why do we never see Wealthy Blacks adopting White Orphans? Tell me again who's Racist? Trump 2020

  63. Peta is going to be mad that she killed a Dalmatian to make that damn shirt.

  64. "Let's have a conversation about race" is what black people say when they mean "You whites sit there silently while we tell you how racist you are."

  65. Less anxious, MORE bold!

  66. It starts at home. If her mom had a job that left the kids hanging in the streets on their own, the chance of her going to Princeton dramatically decreases. The key to African American success is the family unit. Why have our people abandoned the family unit?

  67. It's always the case that people who grow up and exist in majority white environments are put forward into talks like this. People who've been elevated and seriously listened to by those environments. If a black person who grew up in Detroit gave a talk about gang violence they'd be considered a sell out even though it would be more useful in working towards solving the problems of inequality. People who appeal to middle-class white guilt and tell that audience what they want to hear get the platform.

  68. I've always admired Mellody Hobson, but this Ted Talk makes me admire her even more. I don't feel that using statistics to make a point is a negative against anyone, but rather gives us a measure of what it is like to be a person of color, or white, in today's society. The goal is to be color brave as she puts it so eloquently, and be inclusive at every opportunity.

  69. interesting that she dressed in a somewhat house keeper outfit for this talk

  70. Color blind = dangers

  71. Color brave was one of the concepts in the Starbucks brainwashing, I mean re-education.

  72. My takeaway is that it doesn't take diversity to create value. It takes role models in self-belief and self-motivation.
    Presenters like this never draw the causal link between diversity and success because there isn't one.
    A culture of edification of individuals and self-belief drives people to succeed. Should culture edify individuals regardless of their race? Absolutely. Does this mean that people of all races will succeed equally in this case? Absolutely not.

  73. At the point where she describes the conversation with her mother at age 7 after having come home from the birthday party and she is told "they will not always treat you well:" My heart sank. Her mother tainted her outlook on life. Innocence gone. So sad. As a father of a beautiful daughter and son, I can say that struggles must come for kids learning to interact with other children without having to add on this kind of influence. Very sad. In the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King, I will not judge (positively or negatively) anyone based on the color of the skin. But instead, by the content of their character. I attribute this approach to my Christian influence. We have enough challenges in life not to have to add on suspicion too.

  74. I came across this video doing my required training for the company that I work for. I watched this and several others and I see similar themes in all of them. When being taught about race or race issues the person doing the video's or teaching is a minority. My question is who are we educating? Just White people, or are we including all races into this area of learning. I find it fascinating as well as very frustrating that year in and year out I have to watch videos and take classes on diversity, race, and inclusion. All based (in my humble opinion) on an assumption that because I'm considered white I must need race, diversity and inclusion training. Every year? It's monotonous, and somewhat insulting. If you have an employee that needs this training year in and year out, well you've hired the wrong person. Don't get me wrong you are never in a position in life where learning new things from a different point of view isn't a good thing, but year after year is insulting. I've been through the privilege training too. Which I was actually offended by even more. Privilege to me is not a race thing, its a Rich or Poor thing. I've had several discussions one the term White Privilege. That term assumes every person of the color white is privileged, which is inherently untrue. Growing up where and in the time that I did there wasn't such a beast. I went to a predominately Black school from K-12 grade. I had some really great teachers. I had a few bad ones as well. Some invested a lot of time with me and some chose not to. Each child had the same opportunities as the other child had. Didn't matter the color, at least as far as I experienced. We were taught the same way, each having the same exposure to the same education. many of my classmates went on to college and live really good lives. Both Black and White. Some didn't do as well as others academically, but took to trades and live very comfortably. Some chose the wrong path in life. To me that's called life. We are the sum of our choices. We can choose our way in life, but it isn't free. You have to want to go after your dreams and aspirations. You have to want to work for it. Nobody is going to hand you anything in this life, but if by chance you get lucky and someone does, well then consider yourself of a fortunate few. that doesn't happen too often. reality is that, to get ahead in life you have to work hard, put in the time, learn your craft and strive to be the best. If not it doesn't matter your color, religion, creed, or social status you will be the one complaining about life not being fair to you. Life isn't fair. Never has been and never will be. There will always be obstacles in your way. Its about how you choose to maneuver around those obstacles that will determine where you are in life. I think you can be Color Blind and Color Brave at the same time. Just be a fair minded person and look at each person as a person and hire the best PERSON for the job. When we put color into our thinking we have put people into categories. Which in my opinion is not fair. We are all human and we are each different. No two people are exactly alike in every way. We each bring different things to the table. When we all look at each other as a HUMAN first, then we can truly stop seeing color.

  75. i love your speech


  77. All of this will become irrelevant, depopulation is right around the corner.

  78. And for some reason I thought it'd be a video about visual perception and color blindness . Ofc it couldn't be, all I had to do is look at the teaser image 🙁

  79. Such a great talk!

  80. Inspirational and Informative

  81. The fact that I was led here via a book means something. Excited to watch. Here we go!

  82. Blacks have an inferiority complex, they play the victim and will always look to the whites to solving their problems and blaming whites for their shortfalls. You put 2 people to run a race, the fastest will win… meaning blacks only have themselves to blame for not getting ahead. You'll say it's not true? Well are there not successful black people all over the world but the majority are poor, hungry, dirty, begging etc. You say whites oppressed the blacks for however many years? The Persians tried to take Greece 100s of times over 1500 year period and sometimes they did but most of the time they didn't, the Greeks fought back and Greece is a free country today. Blacks wanted what the whites had so they let them stay, the whites fed them and taught them a lot but blacks still blame whites for their shortfalls. Stop playing the victim and stop blaming everyone else! If you are capable then do it, if you aren't then don't but don't blame others. I don't hate blacks, I hate blacks that feel they are entitled and use the excuse of oppression, I hate anyone that wants everything for nothing. Stop making everything about race!

  83. This speech was pretty “melodious”

    Ha ha nice one


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  85. It is disappointing that so many people in the comments are clueless. She is NOT suggesting you hire a POC over a qualified candidate. She is asking you to have a diverse pool of candidates so you can find the best candidate to join your team.

    What many of you fail to understand is that this speech is really about access. Some populations are privy to information and the information (access) is not extended to others. So, only white women apply for curator jobs at a museum. Where are the male curators? The black, Asian, Latino curators? Has this announcement for the new job been shared with HBCUs? The POC in your network?

    Think about this, are there any POC in your network? If not, you need to expand your network to include intelligent, well-read, experienced, thoughtful POC to your world.

  86. " We cannot afford to be colour blind we have to be colour brave" Queen Melody Hobson.

  87. I wish I had come upon this video years ago this is extremely inspiring.

  88. when she gave this speech, she had no idea that Donald Trump would be president soon, no idea

  89. She is so engaging.

  90. Throw merit in the dustbin and hire based on the oppression index. The best method for a failed society.

  91. You are my hero. Thanks for everything you are doing 💐❤️🇺🇸

  92. I knew she had a White husband.

  93. I found the bit about the ESPN hiring process concerning. The "best person for the job" is equated with "the minority," Which is clearly a collective judgement based on race in two accounts. One that the minority is by default better. And two that the majority (white) is by default worse.
    Not good

  94. Im a 50 year old white man and I'm kitchen help. Hmmmmm.

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