I liked that these videos made me reflect in ways that handouts can't reach me. The handouts are helpful reference points and provide highlighted sections to go back to, but it's something about visual learning and connecting with others through the authenticity of a TED talk, specifically the ones viewed here. Tom Reitz, tone policing, and emotional labor particularly struck me. Tom's story is where, as a white man, my work needs to be done. I need to speak to those who can't or won't listen to someone because they are a person of color. Just like the MAGA supporter that Tom engages with, the time for my crucial activism is right in that moment when the MAGA supporter wanted or expected Tom to agree with him. That's the focal point, the crux. The time I have been guilty of "just going along" or "it's easier to just agree" during this time in order to numb myself through the uncomfortableness. This is where, as a person who considers myself a white ally, that I have to step to the plate and ask myself, "where am I going to be on the ally continuum?"
When I reflect on the work that I still need to do, this is where I see that action needs to be taken.