Highlights from “How To Attain True Freedom” by Nala Duma

Nala Duma discusses existentialism and monsters in his TED talk.

Nala Duma discusses existentialism and monsters in his TED talk.

“I thought about this very idealistic lifestyle in which existentialism could exist. To me, it’s a lifestyle in which true freedom exists.

“If we define alternatives to what being human means, then we can define ourselves.

“The birth of a society’s monsters begins with the gestation of certain fears.

“A person or thing must also reflect the undesirable characteristics of a society as well to become a monster”

“They are fearful of the threat of these young men’s being to their own quality of life and privilege” – Duma on police officers and black men

“Once we make these people into monsters, other black boys begin to fear their blackness.

“Our society makes people into monsters. We make these black boys into monsters, then we kill them.

“When I see myself in boys like Trayvon, I also see myself in the dead body that’s lying face first on the ground.”

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