Glenn Loury – When Black Lives Matter: On the Persistence of Racial Inequality in America

A talk by Glenn Loury.

Brown University’s International Advanced Research Institutes (BIARI) convene participants from around the world to address pressing global issues through collaboration across academic, professional, and geographic boundaries.


18 thoughts on “Glenn Loury – When Black Lives Matter: On the Persistence of Racial Inequality in America

  1. 11:20 I really hope he is going to address that stupid remark about [the] superficiality of race. Skin color and hair texture are superficial enough, granted, but they are superficial marking which indicate (geologically) recent ancestry. If a person comes across a blond haired blue-eyed person, they can reasonably assume they have recent European ancestry. It is this ancestry that is what forces the concept of race to persist regardless of how much effort everyone wants to get rid of it. If you know absolutely nothing about a person, knowing their race can give you statistical guidelines as to how this person is going to behave.

  2. Black lives will matter when Cop lives matter.if the blacks would be honest and look back at what  brought them to where they are. I heard to many black mamas tell their kids  whites owed them. I never owed any one  anything other than my monthly bills. If the blacks would wean themselves from the demoncrats free stuff. I have worked all my life and raised my kids alone and never took nothing from any one. My jobs were small and I could not afford a lot of things my kids felt like they were entitled too. If one will not    work and demand another care for us then there is a serious problem. I owe no one nothing I never owned a slave. So if you want black lives to matter then Make cops and others lives matter and  not burn and do all kinds of destruction. The ones you hurt usually had nothing to do with any of the things you think is wrong but isn't. Black lives will never matter to me until cops lives do.

  3. Speaking as a person who grew up in a slum. What you call today the hood. I watched as we gained positions as judges, engineers, inventors, supreme court judge, astronauts, astronomers, professors, political advisers, lobbyists, wed developers, CIA, FBI, DIA, agents, ballet dancers, opera singers, olympians, teachers, singers, doctors, nurses, lawyers, reporters, journalists, authors, poets. I watched from afar because the people mainly, not all, but mainly didn't come from my background. Instead we had single mothers who had no time for their children. We were all mistakes and we knew it. Our mothers continued dating looking for that one man that would stay. Bringing them into our homes. We were all molested. I don't now one male or female I grew up with that didn't have some man try something or do something to us. Plus the beatings. Lots of beatings. Robberies, gangs trying to get us to join to sell for them cause we were young. Everyone I kew had no hope. Our parents were too hopeless to give us any. Bullies in schools made it impossible to go or you learned to fight. No one talked about the amazing things people of color were doing. They were jealous about it. I still have some of my old friends and we hated our lives growing up. We hated our mothers for looking for love. We still hate the men. They had no mercy for us. BLM is a farce. Drugs, alcohol, selfish people, who are so self absorbed and immature they refuse birth control and teach their children to fight the system and hate the police. They taught us that men in nice cars were to be admired. Not men who studied. In fact every child I knew who loved to read were eventually beat down by their parents. So as a person who lived it and watch it continue with the over stimulation of violent movies and rap I say f Soros. F all those people who talk about our plight and refuse to address the cause. The real cause. Bs refusing to use birth control in a country that practically gives it to you. In a coin try where they fought a war to end slavery while 2/3 of the world still have a robust slave trade. 45 million slaves in the world right now. And we sit here divided as Fuc going nowhere in a country where we could do anything if given half a chance by our own people. We are Americans. Not anything else. Divided we fall. Divided and arguing and petty we are weak. Can't blame no one else. But now Trump is in office so it might be too late.

  4. During these tumultuous times I hope many more will appreciate listening to Mr. Loury's personal disposition within the vast black identity. His unique experience helps define black individuality amongst the heavy currents of today's tribalism in identity politics. Thank you Watson Institute!

  5. Extremely enlightened views on such a toxic subject. I wish 3 things:
    !. Anyone involved in any discussion on racism was made to watch this before opening their mouth.
    2. The people from point 1 were capable of understanding what was actually being said in this video.
    3. That the silly story at the beginning that he referred to as his 'opening gambit', was removed from the video as it is hard to follow, needlessly long-winded and very likely to lose viewers who would otherwise engage positively with the rest of his talk.

    All that aside, the more people who adopt this position on racism in general, the smaller the problem will become!

  6. There are so few comments, I feel compelled to say something. This is only second the time I have heard professor Loury speak but it certainly will not be the last. Great talk! I lament the fact that Franchesca Ramsey get 100s of times more viewers.

  7. "Is there any space in the public conversation for a nuanced and complex moral engagement with these questions, or do they merely become fodder for partisan argument?" I sincerely hope one emerges and more voices adequately expressing the nuance and complexity of these issues emerge. There are too few now, and too much misguided, regressive, simplistic and/or childish opposition to intellectually rigorous, honest and open conversation on the subject. It's a shame so few view talks like this.

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