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Valerie Mason-John: We Are What We Think at TEDxRenfrewCollingwood (Transcript)

“The color of my skin is the root of my ecstasy

The seed of my life

The color of my skin is one of nature’s glories

The bloom of my life

The color of my skin is the flower of my legacy

The taboo of my oppressors

The color of my skin is the greatness of my splendor

The guilt of my kidnappers

The color of my skin is the celebration of Eden

Black is an omnipotent being

The rejoicing of life

Black the color of many skins

Is nature’s own deliberation

The color of my skin is your fear

My strength

Your ignorance

My wisdom

Your blemish

My beauty …”

This story isn’t just about me, it’s a universal story. Bullying affects everyone, from the governments who repeatedly bully another country by saying, ‘If you don’t do what I tell you, I would drop a bomb on you’, to the child in the playground who repeatedly teases another child, to us who can repeatedly bully ourselves, it’s a sad fact that many of us will be bullied or bully ourselves or even be a bully but it’s a myth to say that bullying is innate and there’s nothing you can do about it. Bullying is a learned behavior and behavior can be changed. Renounce your stinking thinking now. We are what we think.

 

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