It’s Day 2 of Black History Month and We Whites Are All Going to STFU and Listen.

Today, we’re going to STFU and listen to Mallence Bart-Williams. She gave this TEDx talk in Berlin in 2015, and it has both haunted and inspired me since I first viewed it. In 2016 I made a transcript and posted it on my old blog; comments on that post have continued to trickle in over the years, many of them from Africans.

I said this yesterday, but it’s worth repeating. If this makes you uncomfortable (and it certainly seems to unsettle the overwhelmingly white audience in Berlin) then please sit with that discomfort, and learn everything you can from it.

Day 1 of Black History Month 2022 is here.


  1. says

    StevoR: I think Mallence is just extraordinary. She gives zero fucks about telling it like it is without regard for the discomfort of an overwhelmingly white, Western audience.

  2. StevoR says

    @ ^ Iris Vander Pluym : I agree.

    There are countries full of gold & diamonds, we call poor
    Because we stole from them & now claim they owe us.