“Race Is a Four-Letter Word”

Teja Arborleda speaks to students about the history and consequences of race

by Published: Jan 22, 2013

2012-11-24 05.26.54Teja Arborleda came to speak to Ferris stu­dents on Wednesday evening about race, cul­ture and eth­nic­ity in in honor of the 2013 Martin Luther King Jr. cel­e­bra­tions.
Arboleda, described as a mul­tira­cial, mul­ti­eth­nic and mul­ti­cul­tural indi­vid­ual, is a keynote speaker who is also a pro­fes­sor, author, tele­vi­sion and new media pro­ducer, actor and illus­tra­tor, showed a slideshow to stu­dents at Williams about the his­tory of race and issues with racial stereotyping.

Arboleda inter­acted with the audi­ence, ask­ing ques­tions such as, “What is cul­ture? Give me an exam­ple.” Aborleda explained the dif­fer­ences between cul­ture, eth­nic­ity, race and nationality.

“Race is a four-letter word,” Arboleda said to the audi­ence. “Know some­thing about it– know some­thing about your own his­tory and be proud of it – not because you know it, but because you want to know it.”

Arboleda said racism exists because we believe in the con­cept of racial categories.

He closed his pre­sen­ta­tion with this state­ment: “Let’s all think about being human beings.”