The organization’s tagline is “ideas worth spreading.” But they attempted to suppress mine.
As soon as he heard the world “Black@TED”— the “Employee Resource Group that exists to provide a safe space for TED staff who identify as Black” Colman recognized that he was f*cked.
Regardless of his political leanings, anyone with any semblance of honesty would have to admit that Coleman Hughes is one of the best intellectual orators of our time.
I'll summarize this TED story for folx. "Progressives Ruin Everything". The End.
BTW......his podcasts are outstanding. You can find Coleman at: https://colemanhughes.org/
Coleman is treasure and I thank him for his unrelenting bravery. I look forward to watching his TED Talk, which may be the last one I ever view.....
What a deeply creepy story. From an insencere invitation to converse with the people who disagreed, to publicly denounced, publicly "corrected", and then finally just supressed.
Always and forever, those most assured that they are right and have the right to censor/suppress others are terrified of open debate and free speech.
Thank you for your TED talk and for this essay. Stay strong. Color blindness is the only approach to human race. The fact that this is even a subject for debate is a distressing and shameful sign of our time.
Leftists will try to financially ruin you if you don't comply. Dave Portnoy - a guy I'm not a big fan of - raised millions for small businesses during Covid and held a pizza festival last week. He also has said nice things about Trump in the past. The Washington Post contacted the pizza festival sponsors to say “We are planning to write about the festival and how some of the sponsors and participants have drawn criticism by seeming to associate themselves with Dave Portnoy, who has a history of misogynistic comments and other problematic behavior.” The Washington Post tried to shame sponsors from supporting a pizza festival for local vendors because they don't like the organizer's politics. These people are zealots.
With all due respect to Coleman, his views and his TED talk, I quit tuning into TED years ago, finding that often the talks were just too slick and formulaic, less about the subject matter and more about the presenter's ego, and curated and directed to an self-selected smug elite, much like NPR. There's probably interesting and important information on the site, but the I just can't get over the production values and the editorial bias, as the Black@TED illustrates. But thanks for fighting the good fight Coleman, and hope science and evidence and reason triumph over ideology.
I have read/listened to and supported Coleman for years. He is one of the most honest, self-reflective, and serious heterodox intellectuals discussing sensitive and controversial issues. This incident puts a final nail in the coffin of TED. They have 100% caved to extremist progressives/Marxists in and outside their company. Any company that bows even an inch to the pressure of these Marxist aggravators (see related words: community organizer, social justice activist, DEI anything, terrorist), is cowardly and complicit. All you have to do is say no, and continue to say no. Don’t give them a damn inch. Genuinely and honestly engage with ideas that are contrary to yours like Coleman does, but do not cave to terroristic tactics from these people.
And finally, start supporting and subscribing to platforms that do not cave, and stop supporting platforms like TED that do. Subscribe to Coleman and other heterodox honest good people and platforms.
The Coleman Hughes 'Colorblindness' talk is great! Incredibly depressing how cowed and dishonest the response of the TED leadership was. Looking forward to the book!
"The second commentator, Otho Kerr, a program director at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, claimed that I was “willing to have us slide back into the days of separate but equal.”"
I find this argument to be beyond ironic now that we're in the days of designated "safe spaces" on college campuses that are only for students who are POC (unless that C is Asian, of course), and when you have schools and companies developing programs specifically excluding whites.
Thank you Coleman, heading over to your TED talk now. I think I am the most annoyed by Adam Grant’s role in this tale.
I became a Coleman Hughes fan right after the George Floyd murder, even before I found Joe Rogan, Bari’s common sense and Bret and Heather’s Dark Horse. They all saved my sanity through the riots, woke progressive movement Presidential Gong show and MSM’s relentless pretzel logic talking heads. I can’t wait see is book on Amazon and scoop it. He’s amazing
We are one step away from tearing down all MLK statues.
I think from a psychological perspective, much of this purported "anti-racist" BS is formally hysterical. It is dissociative. It is deeply rooted in psychological maladies which have only latched on race as an issue, and which could as easily--and of course often do--latched on gender, Trans issues, purported American Imperialism (in the economic realm it is quite real, but not very representative of America, but rather the banks the Fed represents), and the like.
Here is the thing; you cannot think clearly if you are emotionally confused. You cannot think clearly if you NEED a reason to exist that is outside something you control.
When I look at the issue of race in this country as it exists TODAY, what I see is a whole lot of white people who desperately need racism to be real and relevant, because that is all they have. Their lives are devoid of meaning without racism, the various phobias and Global Warming.
But when you cling like that, you commit violence to facts almost as a matter of course. You bend everything into interpretations that suit your emotional needs; and of course, if people do this in groups, the process is largely invisible and seems legitimate, even though it isn't.
It's been a source of anxiety and to some extent puzzlement for some time for me observing how thoroughly our best schools have been captured by epically stupid and counter-productive ideas. Really, really stupid shit, peddled by high IQ people, who really should know better.
It's a day ending in Y, so I will note again that our root problem is poor individuation. It is people simply not growing up and maturing and learning to see the pain and promise of the world as it is, and not how they would like it to be.
Of course they suppressed it. Any religion worth its salt represses countervailing logic, science, thought. I mean we can't allow the parishioners to hear such blasphemy as our core beliefs might crumble and then they might stop paying I mean donating...
As soon as I read “Black@TED” I knew the talk would not be published. TED has succumbed to the cancel culture progressives.
Well how do we write TED Talks and tell them to get on it or we aren't listening EVER AGAIN. If Bud Light drinkers can abstain, so can we. This is exactly what FR readers want, pen, honest interchange. Ugh, the world is so upside down.