What I am learning from my white grandchildren -- truths about race | Anthony Peterson | TEDxAntioch

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  • Published: 04 November 2014
  • This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Are we in a post-racial society? Do we want to be? Anthony Peterson, an African American, draws from current research and from conversations with his Anglo American grandchildren to address truths about race in 21st century America.

    Anthony Peterson is an African American Army brat who calls Hawaii home. He has lived, studied, written about, and taught about cultural and racial realities. He has developed and facilitated diversity training for corporate and church leaders. His degrees in psychology and religious education add to his perspective. Anthony continues work as an educator, writer and editor in Nashville, Tennessee, where he lives with his wife, Laura. They count six children and nine grandchildren.

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Comments • 4 262

  • Bonnie Parker
    Bonnie Parker  2 days back

    I'm sorry, but everyone is not the same, some people are not raised with home training or manners. It just so happens that these traits are found mostly in certain cultures. Robins and crows don't nest together . We shouldn't either. Forget race, culture matters.

    • David Manuel
      David Manuel  2 days back

      Race matters = Human race Judge a person by the content of character

      • Roy Adamson
        Roy Adamson  2 days back

        If there is no difference between one race and another, how can they tell the race of someone by their bones?

        • rebecca hawkins
          rebecca hawkins  3 days back

          Thank you Mr.

          • Whitney Angelie
            Whitney Angelie  3 days back

            Aww I want this man to be MY Grandpa 😫 he seems so kind, gentle and intelligent.

            • Nugget of Truth - Eric King

              Interesting. We can learn a lot from our children.

              • Noneofyour Damnbusiness

                I raise my children to see color, also, to recognize that this is only a physical trait.
                Culture is something entirely different than the color of skin.

                • father Adam LightofElohim

                  Greetings! Enough with this race talk ok!... Only they are born to hate. We were taught to self hate and to hate others... Now! the Truth us out of who we really are... Let's focus on learning about our own heritage, and getting our House in order for our father God ( YAH )... Stop wasting time on race war because it's another distraction to wasting time... = A deadly snake is designed to bite not to be friends... Shalom

                  • larry .friend
                    larry .friend  6 days back

                    Silence and secrecy create a darkness, darkness a fear, fear a tension. Remove the silence and secrecy and we can be who we are meant to be, brothers and sisters that pretty much want the same things. The solution was recorded some time back as, "Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness. If you truly understand what was written long ago then you know it covers it.

                    • Spooksville Scoob
                      Spooksville Scoob  6 days back

                      Wrong, there are a number of statistically observable things attached to human race. Sowwy.

                      • Spooksville Scoob
                        Spooksville Scoob  6 days back

                        He attached about you to race because we live in an obsessed culture right now.

                        • WillJM81280
                          WillJM81280  6 days back

                          Because some people were in parts of the world with more sun. Some people were in parts of the world with less sun. Their bodies adapted accordingly. There you go.

                          • azsli2
                            azsli2  1 weeks back

                            Yes!! We are caramel colored natives. We are a little brown and a little white. But we are called red.

                            • cusoon myfriend
                              cusoon myfriend  1 weeks back

                              no need to speak for hours
                              africa average iq 67-83
                              europe 98-102
                              east china 100-108


                              nuf said


                              not gonna mention the inventions and the modern world

                            • Jacob Stewart
                              Jacob Stewart  1 weeks back

                              So, the little boy at the beginning values blackness more than whiteness?

                              • Melanie C. Gordon
                                Melanie C. Gordon  1 weeks back

                                Tony! What an amazing Talk! I will be using it at a retreat I am leading this summer. Hope you are well, my friend!

                                • Tyler
                                  Tyler  1 weeks back

                                  I disagree with a few of the key conclusions, but it was still an interesting talk.

                                  • Bob
                                    Bob  2 weeks back

                                    Color is irrelevant. Low IQ and violent criminality are not.

                                    • Lala Ghana-Love
                                      Lala Ghana-Love  2 days back

                                      Colour is only irrelevant to white people who know it's not irrelevant because they value theirs so much they want to keep using it as the standard of power lol

                                  • ryudragonlord1
                                    ryudragonlord1  2 weeks back

                                    So glad people are starting to realize this. To much hate in the world and we need to get rid of it with true thoughts

                                    • Jarvy Mcmunn
                                      Jarvy Mcmunn  2 weeks back

                                      3mins in and I'm like whoa whoa whoooa! Problem: race has more than just skin color attributes....for instance I have native American ancestry and traits distinctly recognizable so it's problematic to to listen to him focus on skin color right off the bat and not immediately aknowledge to listeners race is not determined by several genetic traits..... Deuce's I'm out.he's going to have to do better,that poorly executed preface muddies up the thought process of where he's going with this and why? sounds suspiciously like a familiar narrative and leaves me with doubt on his skill in selling ideas

                                      • swiftWord
                                        swiftWord  2 weeks back

                                        If we were all one race there would still be discrimination-- shelfishness, greed, covetousness, violence are demons we must consciously battle.

                                        • D DOLLAR
                                          D DOLLAR  2 weeks back

                                          Pink with purple polka dots, people are people.
                                          Get over it America and progress together.

                                          • ESAUdi Arabia
                                            ESAUdi Arabia  2 weeks back

                                            "Immigrants have the power to change the outcome of elections & to change the face of pale, male, stale leadership."
                                            Tedx

                                            • Adolf Mussolini
                                              Adolf Mussolini  2 weeks back

                                              White culture is good. Blacks have never built or maintained anything

                                              • Peggy Little Dragon
                                                Peggy Little Dragon  2 weeks back

                                                Character is what is important, not the color of your skin!

                                                • 001islandprincess
                                                  001islandprincess  2 weeks back

                                                  The only reason why “race” exists is for the “in group” to rationalize their domination and control of the “out group”. In other words, human beings have been stratified into “boxes” for social, economic and political gain. There exists no other reason for “race” to exists.

                                                  • the ghad ghad
                                                    the ghad ghad  2 weeks back

                                                    DOES THIS GUY HAVE A WIFE? AND WHY DOES HIS VOICE SOUND LIKE HE HAS CHANGE IT. NOTHING WILL HAPPEN TILL THE PEOPLES GRANDKIDS WHO PERPETRATE SLAVERY REPARE WHAT THEY HAVE DONE!

                                                    • Robert G
                                                      Robert G  2 weeks back

                                                      Great video and very good talk Mr. Peterson!

                                                      • dede4004
                                                        dede4004  2 weeks back

                                                        The media has a HUGE part to play in this. They have always written divisive articles to create violence and division in every color of people. They have very few articles of positive talks and interconnection between folks.

                                                        • D. M. Gerber
                                                          D. M. Gerber  2 weeks back

                                                          Here's a 'race question': Do Blacks plan to ever talk about anything but 'race'?
                                                          What is racism, if not centering your ID around your race?

                                                          • Lucio Innocenzo
                                                            Lucio Innocenzo  2 weeks back

                                                            Race is real and race does matter.
                                                            To ignore or deny the differences of races is useless and ridiculous.

                                                            • 001islandprincess
                                                              001islandprincess  2 weeks back

                                                              Lucio Innocenzo Of course it is real, but not in the sense you think it is. It is a socio-political reality. Human beings have been stratified into neat “little boxes” for social, political, and economic gain. There is no other reason for the existence of “race”. It’s simply a cognitive error...people who believe in “biological races” selectively choose what features are “racial” and call a group of people “race”. In other words, HUGE SIGNIFICANCE Is place on INSIGNIFICANT physical or genetic differences, and voila, you “see” races. The continent of Africa contains the most genetic diversity than ALL OTHER CONTINENTS combined. Oh yeah, no one has proven that any population group has any set of genes which are mutually exclusive to ALL OTHER HUMAN BEINGS ON EARTH. All human beings have the same set of alleles and due to environmental pressures gives rise to different frequencies of those genes and different population groups. It’s that simple.

                                                          • Van Vador03
                                                            Van Vador03  2 weeks back

                                                            This guy is just so wrong about his views on melanin.

                                                            • Paul Roos
                                                              Paul Roos  2 weeks back

                                                              I take people one at a time, my life is much more simple

                                                              • Matt Muccigrosso
                                                                Matt Muccigrosso  3 weeks back

                                                                We all come from Adam and Eve and Noah’s descendants. We are all Gods children. Its good to be proud of who you are and where you come from but basing your identity on your skin color is superficial and foolish.

                                                                • AGDinCA
                                                                  AGDinCA  3 weeks back

                                                                  I prefer using the term ethnicity rather than race. I know that the US census bureau has certain definitions for both words, but as far as I'm concerned there is ethnicity and there is culture, but there is no race. I am a teacher and I gently redirect students who use the term race in favor of the term ethnicity. It's one small thing I can do to attempt to change the conversation.

                                                                  • Raymond Serpa
                                                                    Raymond Serpa  3 weeks back

                                                                    Intelligent!Well said without a hint of political correctness!

                                                                    • Ser Garlan Tyrell
                                                                      Ser Garlan Tyrell  3 weeks back

                                                                      Who are you calling pinkish? I'M BEIGE DAMNIT!

                                                                      • Patrick Pawol
                                                                        Patrick Pawol  4 weeks back

                                                                        Noah lived 60,000 years ago and was East African. See Journey of Man: A Genetic Odyssey.

                                                                        • froukje matthews
                                                                          froukje matthews  4 weeks back

                                                                          I have learned that our experiences contribute to changes in our genes. Assuming that this is correct it makes sense that people in different geographical regions of this world developed also differences in how their cultures developed and with it, ways of thinking that hen got passed on to next generation.


                                                                          Skin colour is merely an adaptation to environment and climate, but our particular characteristics are clumped, according to where and how we grew up. For example if Jewish people seem to be more intelligent than other groups, the reason may be because for centuries they could be made scapegoats as a minority in someone else's territory and they had to continuously pack up and move on and solve problems like staying alive, figuring out how to stick together while also trying to fit in where-ever they landed. As they were not allowed to own land (like the Gypsies) until the 17th century in Holland, all they could was trade. Just think what skills one needs to develop! And the Jews, unlike the Gypsies, also had their history in written form for thousands of years, just ask neurologists what THIS means for brain development. No wonder that the Chinese Asians, looking at their history, are also doing so well in academia.


                                                                          This is not about right or wrong, this as about what each of us and our lineage has experienced since the beginning of our human history.....And thank God we are now such a mixed bunch, how wonderful, we are just learning what we are capable of!

                                                                          • inventionless spain pretendin 2b white

                                                                            you learned how to be a low iq parasite

                                                                            • Jeffrey Alexander
                                                                              Jeffrey Alexander  4 weeks back

                                                                              Finally,someone interesting.When I was 5 I went to summer day camp with my sister. All other children 20 or so we're African American. I am white I never saw color. Slavery worst crime against humanity. Racial bigotry is taught.And I actually do see colors.

                                                                              • Anna Suhr-Jessen
                                                                                Anna Suhr-Jessen  4 weeks back

                                                                                I asked my children here from Denmark what the color is Felix. Felix is a boy adopted from South Africa. My son and daughter looked at me puzzled and said he is brown, very dark brown and he is from South Africa.

                                                                                • Jiggahata1
                                                                                  Jiggahata1  4 weeks back

                                                                                  This is what creditable information comes from. Not white ppl talking about race even if it’s well meaning and intellectual. You gotta invite intellectual minorities

                                                                                  • Jackson Taylor
                                                                                    Jackson Taylor  1 months back

                                                                                    Race is moot cutler is everything.

                                                                                  • Diego Pedrollo
                                                                                    Diego Pedrollo  1 months back

                                                                                    Bulshit. What about red and yellow?

                                                                                    • Luke
                                                                                      Luke  1 months back

                                                                                      Race is real and race does matter but racism isnt acceptable.
                                                                                      We are all so different and so similar.
                                                                                      Each race has advantages over eachother but they all have disadvantages too.
                                                                                      We need each other to be successful.

                                                                                      • 001islandprincess
                                                                                        001islandprincess  2 weeks back

                                                                                        Luke Race is only “real” in the socio-political sense; there exists no human races in nature. Races were brought into existence during imperial conquest. People only see “race” as they place HUGE meaning to INSIGNIFICANT physical and or genetic differences. The continent of Africa contains the most genetic diversity than all other continents combined; therefore if anything Africans are the least likely to be a “race” as they differ from each other most greatly. One indigenous group in Africa is genetically different from another indigenous group a mere 10 miles away....

                                                                                    • Derrick Flyr
                                                                                      Derrick Flyr  1 months back

                                                                                      TED talks for people without a soul or belief in one. They just dont even care. They feel humanism is all there is or can be. That's why the continually suffer from having to reinvent t the wheel. Lots a luck with that my friends.

                                                                                    • Alan Hale
                                                                                      Alan Hale  1 months back

                                                                                      I'm sry but that 18 minute speech had no meaning whatsoever...he didn't teach anything about raising the next generation...he just repeated stuff that sensible people already know...stuff we figure out later in life...nothing he said would help a child understand anything...change my mind! The comment section has better material