Let's Get Uncomfortable: It's Time to Talk About Race | Lori Mayo | TEDxWCMephamHigh

Let's Get Uncomfortable: It's Time to Talk About Race | Lori Mayo | TEDxWCMephamHigh

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New York City Educator and Teacher Leader, Lori Mayo, begins an important conversation about race. Rooted in Glenn Singleton's Four Agreements of Courageous Conversations,Lori discusses implicit bias and the absolute urgency there is to listen to and to believe the experiences of people of color and to engage in discussions about race even when (especially when!) it makes us uncomfortable. I come from a family of teachers; both of my children are teachers, and my mom taught in the elementary school I attended. We moved when I was 12, as “the neighborhood was changing.” Further down the road, I would find myself teaching teenagers who were taking two subways and a bus while my own teenagers were being driven to school in their friends’ BMW’s.The juxtaposed images of my home life and school life, made it difficult to ignore the many disparities. We know there is an achievement gap, we don’t know what to do about it. Glenn Singleton believes in order to achieve racial equity, we need to have difficult conversations about race.If we hope to achieve equity, we need to be willing to be uncomfortable and have difficult conversations, to examine implicit bias, and listen to the lived experience of people of color. We need to understand that saying we “don’t see color” actually perpetuates inequity. I hope to begin those conversations here. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx