Troy, Simon, Black Panthers discussed on TED Talks Daily
This Ted talk features writer, producer and journalist. Renisha Allen recorded live at Ted salon up for debate. Twenty nineteen. So on the surface, the kind of millennial thing pieces are made of he's arrogant self centered in convinced that he is smarter than people give him credit for his favorite topics of conversation are girls sneakers and cars freight notice of prize for someone who's a teenager, just a few years ago, but Choi's mannerisms, they feel the patterns of someone who is scared troubled, and then the future now Troy, also embodies many positive, qualities. His generation is known for an entrepreneurial spirit and independence streak and dedication to his parents. He believes in hard work, and his tried gigs, and both the licit and underground economy. But he hasn't had any luck. And it's just trying to find his way and still dances, between both worlds when I met Troy a few years ago, he'd been -ployed as Gulf cat. The at a local country club carrying bags for rich men and women who often never even acknowledged his existence before that he sold sneakers on Facebook. He even tried selling candy bars and water bottles. But he wasn't making enough money to help his parents out, or save up for a car anytime soon to Troy saw how hard his immigrant mother from Jamaica work and how little she got back in return. And he vowed Troy valid to take a different path. So we ended up selling drugs, and then he got caught. And right now, he's trying to figure out his next steps in a country where money equals power quick money at least for a while gives young men and women like him a sense of control over their lives. Though he said he mainly did it because he wanted stability, I wanted to good life. He told me I got greedy. And I got caught the mazing thing about Troy as it. He still believes in the American dream, he still believes. Hard work, despite being arrested that he can move on. Now, I don't know if toys dreams came true he disappeared from the program for trouble youth that he was involved in, in slip through the cracks. But on that day that we spoke, I could tell that more than anything more than anything. Troy was happy that someone listened to his dreams and asked him about his future. So we think about China's optimism when I think, in the reality that so many young black millennials face when it comes to realizing their dreams, I think about all the challenges that so many black millennials have to endure in the world that tells them, they can be anything. They wanna be if they work hard, but actually doesn't sit down to listen to their streams or hear stories about their struggle, and we really we really need to listen to this generation, if we hope to have a healthy and civil society going forward because millennials of color, they make a they make up a fair chunk of the US and the world population. No one we've talked. About millennials a group that is often labelled as entitled lazy over educated, noncommittal and narcissistic. The conversations often swirl around Nava, KADO toasts overpriced Latinos in fancy Johnson, broad, you probably heard all these things before, but millennials are non monolith. Actress Lena Dunham may be the media's representation of this generation, but Troy and other voices. Like his are also part of the story. In fact, millennials are the largest and most diverse adult population in this country forty four percent of all American millennials are non white, but often you wouldn't even know it at all. No. Sure, there are similarities within this population born between one thousand nine hundred eighty one and nineteen Ninety-six, perhaps many of us, do love KADO toast, and law tastes. I know I right? But there are also extreme differences often between millennials of color in white millennials. In fact, all too often it seems as though we're. Virtually living in different worlds. Now black millennials group of a group that I have researched for a book. I recently wrote are the perfect example of the blind spot that we have when it comes to this group, for example, we have lower rates of homeownership. We have higher student debt. We get idea more voter registration booths. We are incarcerated at higher rates. We make less money. We have higher numbers of employment, even when we do go to college, I should say, and we get married it lower rates. And honestly that's really just the beginning. Now. None of these struggles are particularly new right, young black people in America have been fighting really fighting hard to get their stories told for centuries after the civil war, and the eighteen hundreds reconstruction failed to deliver the equality that the industry should have heralded. So young people move to the north and the west to escape discriminatory. Jim crow policies, then as segregation raged in much of the country. Young black people have spare civil rights campaigns in the nineteen fifties and nineteen sixties after that some people embrace black power and then became Black Panthers. And then the next generation, they turn to hip hop to make sure their voices were heard, and then Barack Obama hopeful that he too, may bring about change. And when that failed when we realized we were still boom is and battered, we had to let the world know that are. Lives still matter. Now, as now, when technology allows more video of our pain and struggle to be broadcast to the world. We wonder by what is next our country. Feels more polarized than ever yet. We are still being told to pull up our pants be respectable be less angry smile more in work harder. Right. Even the Milan, even the attitudes of millennials themselves are overdue for an update research done by the Washington Post in two thousand fifteen about this supposedly woke group found that thirty one percent of white millennials. Think that, that blacks are Lazier than whites in twenty three percent say they're not as intelligent. But these are like surprising things to me and shocking, and these responses are not that much different than generations in the past, and it shows that unfortunately, this generation is repeating the same old stereotype type central to the pass now. So he can -ducted by David binder visa. An MTV in two thousand fourteen if found that eighty four percent of young millennials were taught by their families that everyone should be equal. This is a really great thing. Really positive step, but only thirty seven percent in that group actually talked about race with their families. So I can understand why things may be confusing to some. There are definitely black millennials who are succeeding. Marvel's Black Panther directed by black millennial Ryan. Kugler and showcasing many others. Brooke all sorts of records. There's a crop of television shows by creative, like Donald. Glover Lino, waif and ISA. Ray beyond say like the Queen, right? She is like everything young black authors and winning awards. Serena Williams still dominating on the tennis, courts, despite all her haters, and there's a crop of new politicians and activists running for office. So don't kill these moments of black joy that I to revel in, but I wanna make it clear that these winds are too few and far. Between for people that's been here for over four hundred years like that's insane. Right. And most people still don't really understand the full pitcher, right? Our stories are still misunderstood our bodies are still taking advantage of and our voices are voices are silenced in a world that still shows little concern for everyday struggles source stories need to be told in a multitude of ways by a range of voices talking about diverse in nuanced topics, and they really need to be listened to and it's not just here in America. Right. It's all around the world. Millennials makeup twenty seven percent of the world's population. That's a round two billion people, and with countries like, India, China, Indonesia, and Brazil, along with United States accounting for fifty percent of the world's millennials, it's clear that the white often male heterosexual, narrow of the millennial as only telling half the story now there's many people trying to broaden the pallet they're fighting to get there. Stories told him busts a millennial stereotype, whether it's students in South Africa protesting statues a C so rose Michaela coal making us laugh from the UK or who is framing views about Nigerian life online, but they wanna make it clear. I wanna make it really clear to everyone that just because things look more equal than they did in the twentieth century doesn't mean that things are equitable. It all it doesn't mean experiences equable, and it certainly doesn't mean that a post racial society that thing that we talked about so much ever became close to being a reality. I think of Joel a middle-class twenty-something, who did everything the right way. But she couldn't go to her dream school because it was simply too expensive, or Julia. Who knows she can't be mediocre at her job, the same, where her white the same way that her white peers can or Trina who knows that people judge her unconventional family choices in a different way than if she were a white woman, or actor. A B. Who knows that the roles he takes and gets in Hollywood are different because of his skin color him in there, Simon. Right. So Simon by all means would be an example of someone who's made it. He's a CFO at a tech company and San Francisco, he has a degree from MIT. And he's worked at some of the hottest tech companies in the world. But when they asked Simon when they ask Simon if he had achieved the American dream, it took him a while to respond. While acknowledging that he had a really comfortable life. He admitted that under different circumstances. He might have chosen a different path Simon really loves photography. But that was never a real option for him. My parents weren't able to subsidize me through that sort of thing. Simon said, maybe that's something might children could do. So it's these kind of stories, the quieter more subtle ones revealed the often unique and untold stories of black millennials that show how even dreaming may differ between communities. So we really need to listen and hear the stories of this generation now more than ever is the baby boomers, age and millennials come to prominence. We can talk all we want to about pickling pickling businesses and Bush in Brooklyn, or avocado toast, but leaving out the stories and the voices of black millennial large swaths of the population, it will only increase divisions. So stories a blackmail. Feels Brown millennials and all millennials of color really need to be told, and they also need to be listened to. We'd be far better off country and world think you. For more, TED talks at Ted dot com. Ex-..