Baratunde Thurston is an Emmy-nominated writer, activist and comedian who addresses serious issues with depth, wit and calls to action. He believes the stories we tell help shape the world in which we live. Also, he's from the future.
The book is a comedic memoir, chronicling Baratunde's coming-of-blackness from his early childhood raised by an Afrocentric single mother in Washington, D.C. through his education at The Sidwell Friends School and Harvard and into his first job. As he mentioned in his talk, if you haven't read it yet, you're a racist. Head to your closest retailer or library and get on that!
At this site you can dive into the entire data repository of headlines Baratunde used to build the talk and which he still maintains. Here Baratunde will provide updates on the larger project and welcomes ideas and support in that and his other creative work.
This organization significantly influenced Baratunde's talk after he visited the National Memorial for Peace and Justice, also known as "the lynching museum." The Equal Justice Initiative is doing incredible work exposing and wrestling with America's history in order to help us forge a more just future.
This organization is using science and technology to reduce disparities in policing, literally saving lives with science and fighting bias with big data. It's the nerdiest member of the justice league, and Baratunde owes much of his understanding, some of which is cited in his talk, to the Center For Policing Equity's research.
Since 1865 and the passage of the Thirteenth Amendment, every time African Americans have made advances towards full participation in our democracy, white reaction has fueled a deliberate, relentless rollback of their gains. This book is an essential primer setting the record straight about the history and present of race in America. An essential piece of the puzzle for those who want to understand why things are the way they are.
Edgar Villanueva | Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2018 | Book
Decolonizing Wealth is a provocative analysis of the dysfunctional colonial dynamics at play in philanthropy and finance. Edgar Villanueva draws from the traditions from the Native way to prescribe the medicine for restoring balance and healing our divides. This book has been a guiding light for Baratunde as his own theory of change evolves, delving deeper to the root of our challenges. Importantly, so many solutions to our problems are right there among the indigenous people we've tried to erase. We just need to stop and listen.