– OA #6: The Power of Language to Deconstruct Racism in Headlines

Baratunde Thurston explores the phenomenon of white Americans calling
the police on black Americans who have committed the crimes of …
eating, walking or generally “living while black.” In this profound,
thought-provoking and often hilarious talk, he reveals the power of
language to change stories of trauma into stories of healing — while
challenging us all to level up. Watch Thurston’s TedTalk (Links to an external site.) and then answer the following questions:

What are the four parts of the sentence that Thurston breaks down in his TedTalk?
How does Thurston’s level up game illustrate the power of language?
What “actions” does our culture need to change to write a better
reality (if this phrase doesn’t make sense please make sure you watch to
the end of the video)?

If you are interested in Thurston’s project collecting “living while black” you can see it at his website (Links to an external site.).