Morning’s With TED – Inequality

Opening
1. Are you privileged?

What is privilege?

2. Do you agree with this video?
3. Is privilege simply having money?
4. Who is to blame for poverty?
5. Is poverty a form of power and control?

• National Geographic Photographer Aaron Huey – On TED
• Settlers of the Suburbs – Adam Ruins Everything & Sources

6. Is poverty a racial issue?
• The Costs of Inequality – Harvard Gazette

Quick Facts (As reported in Harvard Gazette)
• Hispanics earn 70 cents and African-Americans earn 59 cents for every dollar whites earn. For African-Americans, the disparity is the same as it was in 1978, according to Williams.
• The longer that Hispanic immigrants live in the United States, the less healthy they become.
• Since 1950, the black-white gap in life expectancy has been halved from eight years to four, but it would take another 30 years for the life spans to become equal — if the average longevity of whites remains static.
• In kindergarten black children are already 8 months behind their white peers in learning. By third grade, the gap is bigger, and by eighth grade is larger still.
• 50 percent of Asians and 29 percent of whites have earned a college degree, compared with 18 percent of blacks and 13 percent of Hispanics.
• About two-thirds of African-American men with low levels of schooling will go to prison in their lifetime.

Talent is evenly spread throughout our country. Opportunity is not. Right now, there exists an almost ironclad link between a child’s ZIP code and her chances of success. — James Ryan

Inequality, it’s not just about wealth, it’s about power. It isn’t just that somebody has some yachts, it’s the effect on democracy. For me, the big issue is the power problem. … I think we’re in a really scary place. — Marshall Ganz

Rutger Bregman is one of Europe’s most prominent young thinkers. The 28-year-old historian and author has published four books on history, philosophy and economics. His book Utopia for Realists — on universal basic income and other radical ideas — has been translated in more than 20 languages. His work has been featured in The Washington Post and The Guardian and on the BBC. More on Bregman.

RUTGER BREGMAN – TED TALK

I’m a historian. And if history teaches us anything, it is that things could be different. There is nothing inevitable about the way we structured our society and economy right now. Ideas can and do change the world. And I think that especially in the past few years, it has become abundantly clear that we cannot stick to the status quo — that we need new ideas. — Rutger Bregman

Thoughts & Questions for Discussion:
• Can this work? Why or why not?
• What are some other potential solutions to inequality?

More Resources & Ideas:
• Robin DiAngelo on NPR – White Fragility
• Dr. Evelyn Forget of the University of Manitoba – The Town With No Poverty
• TED.com – Poverty Playlist

NEXT WEEK
Skype Interview with author Kristen Tsetsi after our TED talk!
(Provided technology works for us.)

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