Tuesday, October 20, 2020
Baratunde Rafiq Thurston to Help Listeners Deconstruct Racism
Thursday, October 1, 2020


The Hailey Public Library will hold a virtual discussion based on the TED Talk “How to Deconstruct Racism One Headline at a Time” on Thursday.

The discussion at 5:30 p.m. tonight—Thursday, Oct. 1—will follow a viewing of Emmy-nominated writer and comedian and cultural critic Baratunde Rafiq Thurston’s call to action via his TED Talk.

It is the final discussion in the library’s “Stories Leap Over Walls” series, which has explored culture, race and sense of home.

To join, RSVP to Kristin.fletcher@haileypubliclibrary.org.

Thurston’s fourth book “How to be Black” became a New York times bestseller in 2012 and is described as a satirical self-help book, along with personal memoir. His other books include “Better Than Crying: Poking Fun at Politics, the Press & Pop Culture,” “Keep Jerry Falwell Away from my Oreo Cookies” and “Thank You Congressional Pages (For Being So Damn Sexy!)”

Thurston, a supervising producer of The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, has interviewed Hong Kong youth involved in that country’s political protests. And he’s commented on the killing of Breonna Taylor, noting that “we hurt because we live in a system designed to erase black women.”

He co-founded the black political blog Jack and Jill Politics, whose coverage of the 2008 Democratic National Convention was archived in the library of Congress.

Born in Washington, D.C., he has a degree in Philosophy from Harvard University.

Fletcher said the stories shared by participants during the Stories Leap Over Walls have been remarkably open, heartfelt and thoughtful.

“An atmosphere of trust developed, allowing us to explore the edges of our own assumptions about people who might otherwise seem very different,” she said.



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