Multidisciplinary craftsman and TED Fellow Paul Rucker is unstitching the bequest of systemic intolerance in the United Country. A collector of artifacts connected to the history of slavery — from branding irons and shackles to mailing-cards depicting lynchings — Rucker couldn’t find an undamaged Ku Klux Klan robe for his collect, so he began offsetting his own. The cause: striking clothes in non-traditional cloths like kente cloth, camouflage and silk that confront the normalization of systemic intolerance in the US. “If we as a beings collectively look at these objects and realize that they are part of our history, we can find a way to where they have no more power over us, ” Rucker says.( This talk contains graphic portraits .)

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