Over the years I have had the honor of speaking from many stages throughout the country and even around the world. However, 2 weeks ago was probably one of the most significant, in terms of location, message and audience. The honor of calling the nation to create a #CommonMemory while exposing the white supremacists and genocidal Doctrine of Discovery and how its dehumanizing legacy has been perpetuated by American heroes such as President Abraham Lincoln and Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to an audience of Indigenous people from throughout the world while standing in front of the Lincoln Memorial is an experience I will cherish for a long time. My short 5 minute speech was recorded and shared on FB live, and with nearly 60K views it has become one of my most watched speeches ever. If you have not seen it yet, I invite you to watch it now:
About a week later, the video of a talk that I gave at TEDxTysons last November, was released by the TEDx organization on their YouTube Channel. The timing was perfect. Because I only had 5 minutes to speak at the Lincoln Memorial I was able to mention many points, but unable to go into much detail. However, my TEDx talk was 18 minutes long, it contained the same basic message, just expanded by 13 minutes. And I concluded that talk with a specific call for Truth and Conciliation – #TCC2021. If you have not seen that video, I invite you to watch it here:
The United States needs a national dialogue on race, gender and class. A conversation on par with the Truth and Reconciliation Commissions that took place in South Africa, Rwanda and Canada. Because reconciliation implies a previous harmony, I would call our’s Truth and Conciliation, and my goal is 2021.