Verma Myers offers counsel in a TedX talk: You Can Help Stop the Violence Against Young Black Men. As below, quoted from the Youtube site.
This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. The Department of Justice reports that African Americans are twice as likely as whites to be arrested during a traffic stop, and almost four times as likely to experience the use of force during encounters with the police. And according to the FBI, young black men are 21 times as likely as their white peers to be killed by police. In this talk, cultural innovator Vernā Myers shares some hard truths about racial injustices, (including the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO), and offers us three ways we can uncover our biases, overcome our discomfort and make a difference in the lives of black men and our society as a whole.
For two decades, Vernā and her team of consultants have helped eradicate barriers of race, gender, ethnicity and sexual orientation at elite international law firms, Wall Street powerhouses, and the 10,000 member Fire Department of New York, with the aim of establishing a new, more productive and just status quo.
A screening and discussion of the documentary “15 to Life: Kenneth’s Story” will take place at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 3, at Princeton Public Library, 65 Witherspoon Street, Princeton, a part of public television’s POV (Point of View) series, the film will be shown in the library’s Community Room.
“15 to Life” is the story of Florida’s Kenneth Young who, at age 15, received four life sentences for a series of armed robberies in which no one was injured. Like most children who receive life sentences, Young, who had been recruited by his mother’s crack dealer to rob hotels during a 30-day crime spree, is African-American, indigent and neglected.
The screening will be followed by a discussion led by members of The Campaign to End the New Jim Crow, Princeton Chapter; and Princeton University’s Students for Prison Education and Reform (SPEAR).
Convenient parking is available on neighboring streets and in the borough-operated Spring Street Garage, which is adjacent to the library. For more information about library programs and services, call (609) 924-9529 or visitwww.princetonlibrary.org.
Potential historical background to the Ferguson riots, a criminologist’s view. “It seems the criminal justice system yields its wrath to people of color when they are perceived as offenders but affords them little justice when they are perceived as victims.”
Continue the discussion at Continuing Conversations on Race and White Privilege on first Mondays at 7 p.m. at the Princeton Public Library.
Written by the physicist in 1946, his insights and remedies still hold true today. “What, however, can the man of good will do to combat this deeply rooted prejudice? He must have the courage to set an example by word and deed, and must watch lest his children become influenced by this racial bias.”