In response to the mourning and outrage that has followed the recent murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and many others who have experienced violence at the hands of police and the justice system, TED hosted a panel discussion that highlights how systemic change is possible, and the next steps that should be taken to get there.
The hour-long panel discussion features Dr. Phillip Atiba Goff, Rashad Robinson, Dr. Bernice King and Anthony D. Romero, who consider the systems of oppression that exist throughout society, and how they can be dismantled. In addition to highlighting the deep-rooted issues that exist within police departments, the panelists speak to the systemic oppression that is furthered by government bodies who refuse to take accountability, media platforms that further racist narratives, and so much more.
As Rashad Robinson, President of Color of Change explains, "At the end of the day, we have the opportunity in this moment to make change. Inflection points are those moments where we can make huge leaps forward, or [face] the threat of falling backwards. In our hands is the ability to make change and undo so many of the injustices that have stood in the way of progress for far too long. Everyday people must get involved, and we must channel that presence into power, and build power that can change the rules."
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Four Panelists Consider How Systems of Oppression Can Be Dismantled