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Color Blind Or Color Brave Essay

639 words - 3 pages

Color Blind or Color Brave?
Carrie Rawdan
SS236-05
Professor Burnett
February, 24th, 2015

The story of Mellody Hobson “Color blind or Color brave” is a powerful speech about the reality of current day racism. She choose to share her brilliant ideas and life experiences by giving a speech on TED. Her stories of racism and her triumph of becoming one of two black woman running a fortune 500 company are intriguing. Mellody Hobson delivers a powerful speech that touches the heart and encourages the mind to decide if we are Color blind or Color brave”.
“TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages” (TED, 2014). This is an amazing opportunity for people to share their views, life experience, and intelligence in a global community setting. Mellody Hobson, the ...view middle of the document...

This left her with the lingering question for years to come why we are not having conversations about racism in America today. She spoke of how the conversation is not a comfortable one, although a necessary one to help our people, business, and government and future generations evolve.
As I watch the video, I can see people in the audience adjusting in their seats. Some moving a crossed leg from left to right or simply the feeling of discomfort most feel before the topic of racism announces its presence. I can imagine myself feeling some of these same feelings if I was attending her speech. Mrs. Hobson gives these examples in the beginning of her speech to help her audience understand racism is still very prevalent. She continues to tell her life experiences with strong facial expressions and a need for her story to be heard.
As Mellody concludes her speech, she reminds the audience of the dangers of empty conversation about racism .She describes color blindness as pretending you don’t see color. Color brave ness is being proactive in conversation about race. It’s about having the uncomfortable conversations about racism in our homes, work environments, schools and with our local and federal governments.
Mellody Hobson is a financial contributor on government policy and spending. “Hobson serves as president of Ariel Investments, a Chicago-based money management firm. She is a nationally recognized voice on financial literacy and investor education” (Detroit Regional Chamber, 2015) Hobson’s political views on many issues related to American Government and Politics can be seen on TED. Having a bi-racial daughter, this is one powerful black woman that I will encourage my daughter to research as she gets older. I applaud Mrs. Mellody Hobson for her courage and determination to be heard. She is the voice for “Color Braveness” and the role model for young woman of all race.

References:
https://www.ted.com/about/our-organization
http://fortune.com/2014/12/03/mellody-hobson-next-gen/
http://www.detroitchamber.com/walter-robb-nate-silver-and-mellody-hobson-to-keynote-2015-mackinac-policy-conference/

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