Racial division is #Solvable | Mitch Landrieu
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Racial division is #Solvable | Mitch Landrieu


– My solvable is peace, but you can’t get there without justice and you can’t have justice
without racial reconciliation. I’m Mitch Landrieu. I’m the former mayor of New Orleans and President and Chief Executive Officer of E Pluribus Unum – “Out of Many, One.” (upbeat music) As everyone in America should know by now, slavery was our nation’s original sin. Most of us in America don’t really have a deep appreciation for our real history, our true history, our whole history. Nor the vestiges of racism,
as they currently exist. And as a consequence, our
nation has been torn apart, by race and class. There are a number of statistics that would make you stop in your tracks. One of them is a maternal mortality rate, which is four times for
African American women, than it is for white women. The other is, the number of
African American men in jail, compared to white men. And the number is astronomical. So my mission is, to help unite the country
across race and class, through a process of racial
reconciliation in America. One thing we have never done, is taken a formal process
through racial reconciliation. We have not actually gotten
through it like Germany, and or South Africa,
who have worked through the most traumatic
events that have happened in their countries. The question is, how are we gonna do that? The conversations are very important, so that we can say that we saw each other, we heard each other. We felt each other and
we understood each other. Once the conversation is had, and people then begin to
have what I can only describe as transformational awareness, “Oh wow, now I see that the way “that we organize school districts “gave your child less of an
opportunity than my child. “Oh, I understand now,
when you look at all of “the underwriting that’s
done in the mortgage business “that they actually redlined certain areas “and African Americans
couldn’t get loans.” When we understand each other and then we redesign policies, that have been designed inappropriately from the beginning, then we’re gonna get better. And that is what a process of
racial reconciliation takes. And, it’s actually not that complicated, it’s just really hard to do. How much greater and better
would this country be? How much more beautiful would it be, if everybody, every kid, irrespective of race, creed, color, national origin, sexual orientation,
could become what it is that their talents would
guide them to become? How much better would we be? It will be arduous, it will be uncomfortable, but it is necessary if
we’re ever gonna live up to our promise, out of many, we are one. (upbeat music)

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