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

  1. "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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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!

  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. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. Good talk. As to your assertion that the American penal system is a leviathan never before matched in history I present to you the Gulag system from the Soviet Union… an estimated 7.4 million people were under Stalinist correctional supervision 1953, the numbers are probably higher since these numbers don’t include everyone in the Stalinist penal system. So your assertion is completely empirically false.

  9. Glenn Loury has become my favorite person on the topic of race. He is one of very few sane and sober voices I could find. Every one should listen to him.

  10. I happen to agree with the profesor,most of whats going in the AfricanAmerican community is the lack of honesty and the failure to deal with the issues ,that pc and loury are addressing.God bless you pc.

  11. We are white middle-class professional Donald Trump supporters. Going by John McWhorten's (Columbia) we are also bigot's, sexual perverts and racists. We are fans of the Glenn Show because we want to hear alternative views. Thank you Mr Glenn, you give us hope.

  12. A relevant and extremely timely lecture. What is to be done? We see no short-term answer. However long term, we propose a more disciplined and moral early education. We also propose 'glasnost and perestroika' re the black/white IQ gap with remedies. Upon all informned leadership.

  13. someone needs to make a movie about his memoire! Full of Jazz and family drama! Mix of decent and street as well as a mix of styles of the era! I would watch that!

  14. Excellent lecture.
    I would like to hear him talk about the fall in murder among blacks and whites over the lat 30 years. Should we be happy that things are moving in that positive direction?

    Also what does he think of the idea of more better police to reduce crime. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0144818808000732
    Also legalizing victim-less crime.
    I do not see money as the problem at all, I wonder if he does.

  15. Don't know if you read these, but you also made a middle-age White woman cry. I wish more people would watch this as well.

  16. Glenn Loury articulates what he expects of 'blacks' and it is nothing more than what 'whites' expect of 'whites' but strangely do not of 'blacks'. WTH!

  17. This wasn't a talk, it was reading an essay out loud. There's a big difference and it's why Ted Talks doesn't allow speakers to use notes of any kind. I don't need someone to read out loud what I could read for myself.

  18. Hey Glenn… how about GETTING TO THE POINT!?!?!?
    THIS is the reason WHY there are so few views…………..

  19. 80 comments! I’m stunned! What does it say about the intellectual diet of our present society when such appealing depth, insight, brilliance, and edification as offered here can rouse only eighty comments? Talk about being awaken from a deep and heavy slumber! I’ve heard of this man before, but never took the time to check him out. I’m guilty as charged! And perhaps my disclosure is just one among thousands of other reasons out there in cyber space answering my question. But from this point on I will not be among the party of culprits. This man has won me over. Agree or disagree with him, the intellectual fare he offers can be chewed on for nourishment, light, and growth. I’m sold!

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