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Theo E.J. Wilson: A Black Man Undercover in The Alt-Right at TEDxMileHigh (Transcript)

 

Theo E.J. Wilson

Here is the full transcript of public intellectual Theo E.J. Wilson’s TEDx Talk: A Black Man Undercover in The Alt-Right at TEDxMileHigh conference. 

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Theo E.J. Wilson – Public intellectual

I took a cell phone and accidentally made myself famous. I was just talking about the things I cared about, but with a click of a button and an incendiary viral video, I propelled myself into overnight stardom.

When I say overnight, I mean I literally woke up the next morning with so many notifications on my phone, I thought I slept through a national tragedy. It was the craziest thing, but when it came to my influence, to my exposure, I literally took a quantum leap.

So, I made more videos. And the subject matter of my videos was often the most divisive subject in American life. But it is the way that I articulated race that made me somewhat of a digital lightening rod.

Being a survivor myself of police brutality, having lost a childhood friend, Alonzo Ashley, at the hands of the police, I had a little something to say about the topic. You see, this was at the height of Black Lives Matter furor, and people seemed to be turning to me to articulate their view points.

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