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Things We Saw Today: Jessica Williams’ Speech About Racist Gatekeeping at the Sundance Women’s March

Jessica Williams attended one of the many Women’s March events around the globe this past weekend, and someone took video of part of the speech that she delivered. It’s a tragicomic speech about a conversation that she had with her mother when she was a young girl, about institutional racism and the biases that she would face in her life. In listening to the speech, the crowd seemed uncertain how to react to the hard truths that Williams says here; they laugh, uncertainly, and applaud at unusual times. Do your best to ignore those disparate reactions and just listen to the content of the speech. (via Blavity)

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What did you all see today?

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