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

  • 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 • 4 706

  • DEn Bond
    DEn Bond  4 giờ trước

    Leftist in its purest.

    • Apollo3
      Apollo3  Ngày trước

      So there’s no biological research in your talk? African Americans do you on average have an advantage in sports.

      • Apollo3
        Apollo3  Ngày trước

        African Americans have more fast twitch muscle fibers, some tribes are immune to malaria causing sickle cell these are only a few biological differences.

        • soul sessions tv Bdhrh
          soul sessions tv Bdhrh  Ngày trước

          Self hate Starts Very young! The little Whyte gurl hated the Blk gurl(Elsa) but favored her blk grandfather! The Jealously of whose deserving whose Not starts in the heart! Teach the children To respect others!

          • A Diamond
            A Diamond  2 ngày trước

            Thank you!!!

            • Richard Bishop
              Richard Bishop  2 ngày trước

              Until we reach a point when white people are not demonized and blamed for all the worlds problem we will be stuck with all this ignorance.

              • Ronald Butcher
                Ronald Butcher  2 ngày trước

                He wasn't comfortable you can tell.

                • Jaime Alonzo
                  Jaime Alonzo  4 ngày trước

                  Race= politics.

                  • Ryne Mcgriffin
                    Ryne Mcgriffin  4 ngày trước

                    Why on earth is the opening so godamn loud and bass-heavy?

                    • `Scorpio'M
                      `Scorpio'M  4 ngày trước

                      World is weird man. In Asian countries women bleach their skins. Here in eastern Europe girls are obsessed over getting a tan or a fake tan. Why not accept yourself the way you are?!

                      • Mary Williams
                        Mary Williams  5 ngày trước

                        Is there culture in hair type?

                        • QuietQueen Project
                          QuietQueen Project  6 ngày trước

                          You had me until I got you 2 minutes and 35 seconds you're dead wrong there's a lot of physical traits do more research you'll see

                          • Ashley Stearns
                            Ashley Stearns  7 ngày trước

                            Brilliant. Could we please sentence Trump and his minions to watch this on repeat after he’s impeached? Maybe we should have every congressperson watch it before beginning the next term.

                            • LongliveEDL
                              LongliveEDL  8 ngày trước

                              Ffs! Just say people come in many colours and shapes! And you look like people in your family! If you want further detail then darker skin comes from hotter countries and whiter skin from colder Countries!

                              • May'ib19
                                May'ib19  8 ngày trước

                                White pale skins are supreme @ one thing....killing millions of people

                                • Kathleen Norton
                                  Kathleen Norton  8 ngày trước

                                  Have you ever watched small children, with different skin colors, play with each other? Do they think about other children's skin color? Children don't really notice skin color, unless they have never seen a person with another skin color, then naturally they notice. Racism, by those supposedly against racism, who talk about it incessantly, thereby backhandedly promoting it, is so constantly in people's faces, including small children, they can't help but be aware of it and think about it. God doesn't care about our skin color. He judges the heart. We should relate to people according to their actions, not their skin color. If you are a Christian then you should know that we are all one in the body of Christ. We are one in The Holy Spirit. We should love one others as ourselves. This is what matters.

                                  • Odis Yates
                                    Odis Yates  8 ngày trước

                                    If you see color you can't see god? If someone tells you thats not true what god are they seeing?

                                    • Step Tart
                                      Step Tart  8 ngày trước

                                      Paul told God that he wishes everyone to be equal and God said man will never be equal with others because he puts a special gift in all of us and I'm sorry but uncivilized are not equal to civilized.

                                      • Alison H
                                        Alison H  9 ngày trước

                                        How them grandkids white?

                                        • sparklebutt111
                                          sparklebutt111  9 ngày trước

                                          I love this man. ❤️❤️😀😀

                                          • Nancy Fawks
                                            Nancy Fawks  9 ngày trước

                                            BS he was 5 that is why he asked the question period.

                                            • Imaobong Nkitma
                                              Imaobong Nkitma  10 ngày trước

                                              This has been the most enlightening Ted talk I’ve ever watched

                                              • LordFryofKent
                                                LordFryofKent  10 ngày trước

                                                I have always hated when people try to promote the "We're more the same than we are different." It still sends the message that different is bad.

                                                • Fallon H.
                                                  Fallon H.  10 ngày trước

                                                  Race is real! Race does matter! When people mix around over and over people get confused. Your true race goes back to you fathers fathers father father. Your paternal line is what matters to tell you what race you are

                                                  • Rainhard Kerrman
                                                    Rainhard Kerrman  10 ngày trước

                                                    There are race differences, gender differences, ideological differences, religious differences and culture differences and they should be talked about with out emotional outbursts and feelings of inferiority or supriority.

                                                    • Olga Amador
                                                      Olga Amador  10 ngày trước

                                                      If all minds were this brilliant, what a wonderful world it would be.

                                                      • Warren Stemphly
                                                        Warren Stemphly  11 ngày trước

                                                        "parents" plural, that is a big part of success. Being raised by both a mother and father is more important that modern society wants to relearn.

                                                        • Sarah Meadows
                                                          Sarah Meadows  11 ngày trước

                                                          He is such an eloquent speaker. I wish i could see more videos from him. I wish he could teach everyone.

                                                          • pkbjorn35
                                                            pkbjorn35  11 ngày trước

                                                            The problem with people isnt the colour. Its culture and religion.

                                                            • TheWinglessHawk
                                                              TheWinglessHawk  11 ngày trước

                                                              Race is not the skin color. Race is the cultural aspect of each civilisation. But some simple minds are making some things to easy in cutting the way down and leaving out the most important information. If you are interested in how cultures interacted throughout human history I advise you "bill wurtz - history of the entire world, I guess" here on youtube.

                                                              • Rhonda Weber
                                                                Rhonda Weber  11 ngày trước

                                                                I immediately liked this guy.

                                                                • Thomas Collier
                                                                  Thomas Collier  11 ngày trước

                                                                  Very good talk, smart Man.

                                                                  • Fantômette Chérie
                                                                    Fantômette Chérie  12 ngày trước

                                                                    I thought scientifics said that there is no race... ideology, when you hold us... truth dies.

                                                                    • mss burr
                                                                      mss burr  9 ngày trước

                                                                      One big human race with many ancestral genetic decent groups of people deriving from different nations..... Sorta like different cars from multiple different automotive name brands... All under the category of being a car... But deriving from different car companies....lol

                                                                      • PsychTripper
                                                                        PsychTripper  12 ngày trước

                                                                        Maybe the kid thought his color mattered because he wanted to be like his dad? Could’ve just been that simple.

                                                                        • Nilly K
                                                                          Nilly K  12 ngày trước

                                                                          And this is why The little Mermaid should be white.

                                                                          • Washed Out
                                                                            Washed Out  13 ngày trước

                                                                            I've always seen myself as grey. This is amazing. These children are going to save the world.

                                                                            • The R.
                                                                              The R.  10 ngày trước

                                                                              Nah bruh! They are going to grow up to become stone cold racists.

                                                                              • Steve Lindsey
                                                                                Steve Lindsey  13 ngày trước

                                                                                You can lie to non believers in the faiith you sheep

                                                                                • King AJ the Great
                                                                                  King AJ the Great  14 ngày trước

                                                                                  Race is a group of people who share common ancestry. Regardless of physical features. They share the same blood line meaning they are the same people

                                                                                  • nunyafa
                                                                                    nunyafa  15 ngày trước

                                                                                    Skin "color" does not exist. If it did, it could be changed almost instantaneously. The Actuality is... Get ready... Complexion! What's the first word in COMPLEXION.... complex. Color is not complex Period

                                                                                    • Rr Ss
                                                                                      Rr Ss  15 ngày trước

                                                                                      Perfect example of the reason adoptions outside of the parents' race(s) should be disallowed.

                                                                                      • suffolk6311
                                                                                        suffolk6311  16 ngày trước

                                                                                        The one drop rule still applies to Graham crackers.

                                                                                        • Lewis Wray
                                                                                          Lewis Wray  16 ngày trước

                                                                                          Race is what Democrats use to divide us.

                                                                                          • Linda Billington
                                                                                            Linda Billington  16 ngày trước

                                                                                            We lived all over the east coast when my kids were growing up from NY down to Florida and I taught them the way a person treats you is what matters not anything else , its the way you get treated that makes someone good or bad , nothing else .

                                                                                            • SW45auto
                                                                                              SW45auto  16 ngày trước

                                                                                              While no melanin dosen't affect physical or mental traits other than skin pigmentation...it does how ever indicate a blood line that evolved in a certain geographical location...different geographical locations bring unique struggles...struggles bring on physical and mental evolution...so a persons skin color most certainly can tell you about many natural physical and mental traits of a person...then you get into the nature and nurture...so you start with base characteristics due to nature and then life choices can change those characteristics...but people of different races most certainly do have certain natural advantages and disadvantages...and those racial lineages can be assessed by skin color

                                                                                              • mss burr
                                                                                                mss burr  9 ngày trước

                                                                                                In some cases that is very true.... Because not all people of a certain race had the same experiences.. Because the grew up and lived in different places and times... So the struggles where different. In America back in the day we had both African and Irish slaves... But their current generations of today did not share their struggle... Or Africans that never Left Africa vs African Americans had different struggles... but their race is genetically the same... Race it what the DNA test says it is.... And culture is the traditional core beliefs and way of life you are raised up in.

                                                                                                • SW45auto
                                                                                                  SW45auto  13 ngày trước

                                                                                                  No studies showing natural traits for different races...do you even know what the internet even is...have you ever stepped foot in a library?

                                                                                                  • Jerry Birch
                                                                                                    Jerry Birch  13 ngày trước

                                                                                                    That is why the intelligent human originated in Africa and not in England. If you have it warm and sunny most of the day you get bored and start drawing cave paintings

                                                                                                    • Petter Houting
                                                                                                      Petter Houting  13 ngày trước

                                                                                                      There is no research done that suggests that charachter traits are genetic so your race doesnt really dictate your character.

                                                                                                      • Fer Annne
                                                                                                        Fer Annne  17 ngày trước

                                                                                                        WONDERFUL!!!! TEACHABLE MOMENTS BUT TEACH EVERTTHING BLK WHITE AND WORLD ITS GOOD! KEEP TEACHING! COMMING UP WITH GOOD SOLUTIONS IS A GOOD LOOOK TOO THUMBS UP

                                                                                                        • OnThisSideoftheSky
                                                                                                          OnThisSideoftheSky  17 ngày trước

                                                                                                          Great man.

                                                                                                          • DzyMsLizzy
                                                                                                            DzyMsLizzy  17 ngày trước

                                                                                                            There is only ONE race--the HUMAN race. Stereotypes and prejudices based upon skin color are wrong.

                                                                                                            • Lurking Seal
                                                                                                              Lurking Seal  18 ngày trước

                                                                                                              NOOOOOOO race doesn't matter. Please stop feeding prejudice based on skin color

                                                                                                              • libby ashmore
                                                                                                                libby ashmore  19 ngày trước

                                                                                                                When my niece was younger she was in a trolly being pushed around Aldi when she asked my mum “why is that ladies face so dark” my mum literally didn’t know what to say she was so took back by the question and the lady tapped on my mums holder and just said “don’t worry my son has asked why some people are so pale” my mums never forgotten that, I think that women’s words made my mum realise it wasn’t an awkward question it was an inquisitive one and i think it helped her speak about race a lot more openly in the future.

                                                                                                                • teresa thom
                                                                                                                  teresa thom  19 ngày trước

                                                                                                                  This is an OLD misnomer, there is only one race the human race. Got it??!

                                                                                                                  • Ed Monix
                                                                                                                    Ed Monix  20 ngày trước

                                                                                                                    2.6k thought Elsa should be white lol

                                                                                                                    • Jeffrey
                                                                                                                      Jeffrey  20 ngày trước

                                                                                                                      This guy obviously doesn’t know much about genetics.

                                                                                                                      • Tah-Re Har-1
                                                                                                                        Tah-Re Har-1  21 ngày trước

                                                                                                                        I get what he said but I'd love to debate him

                                                                                                                        • Hans Chitzlinger
                                                                                                                          Hans Chitzlinger  22 ngày trước

                                                                                                                          To say traits don’t correlate with certain races is crazy to me. Just because the stereotypes didnt work in his middle school class doesn’t disprove it. Look no further than the nba and nfl. East Africans win marathons like nobody’s business. East Asians have quicker reflexes

                                                                                                                          • James Curran
                                                                                                                            James Curran  23 ngày trước

                                                                                                                            The way we stop racism is to stop taking about it -Morgan Freeman

                                                                                                                            • Luciene Curtis
                                                                                                                              Luciene Curtis  14 ngày trước

                                                                                                                              Pathetically naive .... no absolutely ridiculous only a privileged un-enlighted caucasian or a rich un-caring person of colour could say this

                                                                                                                              • Sriram R TAMIL
                                                                                                                                Sriram R TAMIL  16 ngày trước

                                                                                                                                Talking is not living.

                                                                                                                                • Smile/For/me
                                                                                                                                  Smile/For/me  23 ngày trước

                                                                                                                                  but isnt it like proven that african people have higher waists then european which leads to the ability to run faster? I dont know if its true but I heard about it several times

                                                                                                                                  • James Angel
                                                                                                                                    James Angel  23 ngày trước

                                                                                                                                    If they are your grand children they aren't white !

                                                                                                                                    • dbaum23
                                                                                                                                      dbaum23  23 ngày trước

                                                                                                                                      I don't think they're his blood. I'd guess thru marriage.

                                                                                                                                      • mahathir mahathir
                                                                                                                                        mahathir mahathir  23 ngày trước

                                                                                                                                        Race become irrelevant when you are mix race.... Like we were mix race community (indian + malay) which we look like one race (Indian) and identify ourself as the other (malay)...

                                                                                                                                        • 465marko
                                                                                                                                          465marko  23 ngày trước

                                                                                                                                          Race isn't real, but race does matter. Race isn't real, but all races need to be represented in the boardroom...? I can't do the mental gymnastics required to have those things make sense. Asking a 5 year old to do that... I don't think is necessarily a good thing. Adults act like race is a big taboo touchy subject and they get all weird about it, and start spouting things that make no sense. That's what kids pick up on, so that's what's going to be perpetuated. I think this guy is great, but there's something at the core of his message that doesn't fully align with reality, imo.

                                                                                                                                          • david nichols
                                                                                                                                            david nichols  24 ngày trước

                                                                                                                                            America needs to cut to the heart of the matter: Blacks need to be given their own place to live. Whites CAN'T live with them. ALL other discussion is stupidity.

                                                                                                                                            • mss burr
                                                                                                                                              mss burr  24 ngày trước

                                                                                                                                              + unless his grandchildren are adopted... They are biracial not white....lol.. But love is love... No matter the skin color...

                                                                                                                                              • dbaum23
                                                                                                                                                dbaum23  23 ngày trước

                                                                                                                                                He could just be married to their white grandmother. Instead of saying he's their step grandfather he just says he is their grandfather.

                                                                                                                                                • Jared Lowndes
                                                                                                                                                  Jared Lowndes  24 ngày trước

                                                                                                                                                  It's really easy. Race doesn't matter....I win.

                                                                                                                                                  • solo o
                                                                                                                                                    solo o  24 ngày trước

                                                                                                                                                    I am envy of successful ,wise people only , I am colour blind . And I don't believe in racism but there are so weak, small minded People out there . Barack Obama kind of people needed in this crazy world .

                                                                                                                                                    • William Lopez
                                                                                                                                                      William Lopez  24 ngày trước

                                                                                                                                                      I hate ghetto culture

                                                                                                                                                      • hengineer
                                                                                                                                                        hengineer  25 ngày trước

                                                                                                                                                        So Ben Shapiro was right. It's all about Culture

                                                                                                                                                        • Hahahaha Hohohoho
                                                                                                                                                          Hahahaha Hohohoho  25 ngày trước

                                                                                                                                                          Why do ameritards think that race = skin color?

                                                                                                                                                          • Dark TankBuster HQ
                                                                                                                                                            Dark TankBuster HQ  26 ngày trước

                                                                                                                                                            What I want to know is why you are trying to indoctrinate a child into Identity politics. Why not teach your child to judge people by there character instead of getting him to care about your skin colour.

                                                                                                                                                            • 3tp
                                                                                                                                                              3tp  26 ngày trước

                                                                                                                                                              Race isn't real, but race does matter. Indeed.

                                                                                                                                                              • mss burr
                                                                                                                                                                mss burr  24 ngày trước

                                                                                                                                                                Pretty much.... Their is only one race.... The HUMAN RACE... But many cultural heritages... Those divers cultural heritages is what gives the world it's beautiful diversity... Human love should be universal.... But until all citizens of the world reject the Rich Elite social status structure created for their rule.. This will continue.

                                                                                                                                                                • AvionSpace
                                                                                                                                                                  AvionSpace  26 ngày trước

                                                                                                                                                                  "What a great speech!" *Reaches the end of the video* *AGGRESSIVE CLAPPING IN LEFT EAR* *GOES DEAF*

                                                                                                                                                                  • Forest Bertrand
                                                                                                                                                                    Forest Bertrand  26 ngày trước

                                                                                                                                                                    English only is so aggravating.

                                                                                                                                                                    • Amyyy
                                                                                                                                                                      Amyyy  26 ngày trước

                                                                                                                                                                      Lol. What a speech. If that’s how you’re dealing with being whited out, that’s your business I guess.

                                                                                                                                                                      • Shawn Young
                                                                                                                                                                        Shawn Young  27 ngày trước

                                                                                                                                                                        Agree with most . The melanin comment is incorrect and it would take to many characters to explain.

                                                                                                                                                                        • A Dohmnail
                                                                                                                                                                          A Dohmnail  28 ngày trước

                                                                                                                                                                          Hopefully you are not learning much considering race is a scientific term which has decisive data in regards to the differences in peoples. Anecdotes about individual experience has zero bearing on scientific fact.

                                                                                                                                                                          • Bob Burn
                                                                                                                                                                            Bob Burn  28 ngày trước


                                                                                                                                                                            • Вук из ништавила
                                                                                                                                                                              Вук из ништавила  29 ngày trước

                                                                                                                                                                              Race is very real.