He grew up in the same house as his mom ... but not the same neighborhood. Here's how that shaped him into who he is today.
When Jamil Jivani was growing up, it was almost as if he and his mom lived in different neighborhoods — despite living in the same house.
See, his white mom never had a reason to distrust the cops. But for Jamil, unpleasant interactions with police were a huge part of his childhood ... all because he has a black dad.
For Jamil, being racially profiled by the cops is not unusual.
But recently, he actually managed to turn the experience into a relatively positive one. How? He requested a mediated conversation after the fact with the officers who stopped him. And it actually went really well.
Are mediated conversations going to make racism and inequality just *poof* magically disappear? Um, no. But Jamil really believes they're a solid step in the right direction.
Check out his full TED Talk below: