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Racism and anti-racism activities

An inquiry into rights and responsibilities in the struggle to share finite
resources with other people and with other living things; communities
and the relationships within and between them; access to equal
opportunities; peace and conflict solution
Getting Started
1) Look at the following pictures. What are the message and purpose of each one?
2) What is the connection between them all?
3) Brainstorm the ideas that come to your mind when you look at them and make a list of key words.
4) Discuss as a class your opinion and current knowledge about the topic.
Watch and listen
5) In the box below are words taken from the video that you are about to watch. Use the words to fill in the
blanks in the text. Look up the definitions of words that you do not know.
VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pQFotIUg5MA
All Americans were rightly sickened and revolted by the _________ death of George Floyd. My
administration is fully committed that, for George and his family, justice will be ___________. He will not
have died in vain. But we cannot allow the____ cries and peaceful protesters to be drowned out by an
angry ___. The biggest victims of the rioting are _____ citizens in our poorest communities, and as their
President, I will fight to keep them safe. I will fight to protect you. I am your President of law and order,
and an ___ of all peaceful protesters.
But in recent days, our nation has been gripped by professional ____, violent mobs, arsonists, _______,
criminals, _____, Antifa, and others. A number of state and local governments have ____ to take
necessary action to safeguard their residents. Innocent people have been savagely beaten, like the young
man in Dallas, Texas, who was left dying on the street, or the woman in Upstate New York ____ attacked
by dangerous thugs.
Small-business owners have seen their dreams utterly destroyed. New York’s ____ have been hit in the
face with bricks. Brave nurses, who have battled the virus, are afraid to leave their homes. A police
precinct has been ____. Here in the nation’s capital, the Lincoln Memorial and the World War Two
Memorial have been ____. One of our most historic churches was set ablaze. A federal officer in
California, an African American ___ hero, was shot and killed.
These are not acts of peaceful protest. These are acts of ___ terror. The destruction of innocent life and
the spilling of innocent blood is an offense to humanity and a crime against ____.
America needs ___, not destruction; cooperation, not contempt; security, not ___; healing, not hatred;
justice, not chaos. This is our mission, and we will succeed. One hundred percent, we will succeed. Our
country always wins.
That is why I am taking immediate presidential action to stop the violence and restore security and safety
in America. I am mobilizing all available federal ___ — civilian and military — to stop the rioting and
looting, to end the destruction and arson, and to protect the rights of law-abiding Americans, including
your Second Amendment rights. Therefore, the following measures are going into effect immediately:
First, we are ending the riots and _________ that has spread throughout our country. We will end it now.
Today, I have strongly recommended to every governor to deploy the National Guard in sufficient numbers
that we dominate the streets. Mayors and governors must establish an overwhelming law enforcement
presence until the violence has been _____.
If a city or a state refuses to take the actions that are necessary to defend the life and property of their
residents, then I will _____ the United States military and quickly solve the problem for them.
I am also taking swift and decisive action to protect our great capital, Washington, D.C. What happened in
this city last night was a total disgrace. As we speak, I am ___ thousands and thousands of heavily armed
soldiers, military personnel, and law enforcement officers to stop the rioting, looting, vandalism, assaults,
and the wanton destruction of property.
We are putting everybody on warning: Our seven o’clock curfew will be strictly enforced. Those who
threaten innocent life and property will be arrested, detained, and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the
I want the organizers of this terror to be on notice that you will face severe criminal penalties and lengthy
sentences in jail. This includes Antifa and others who are leading instigators of this violence.
One law and order — and that is what it is: one law. We have one ____ law. And once that is restored and
fully restored, we will help you, we will help your business, and we will help your family.
America is founded upon the rule of law. It is the foundation of our ____, our freedom, and our very way of
life. But where there is no law, there is no opportunity. Where there is no justice, there is no liberty.
Where there is no safety, there is no future.
We must never give in to anger or hatred. If malice or violence ______, then none of us is free.
I take these actions today with firm resolve and with a true and passionate love for our country. By far, our
greatest days lie ahead.
Thank you very much. And now I’m going to pay my respects to a very, very special place. Thank you very
6) What type of text is the one above?
7) Who is the intended audience?
8) Observe the choice of vocabulary and analyse the implications of the speaker‟s statements.
9) Do an online search for Tamika
Mallory„s speech in Minneapolis at the
rally protesting the death of George
Floyd. . Listen for answers to the
following questions. Take down notes
as you watch and listen to the speech.
a) Why does she say that they are in a state of emergency?
b) Why are the buildings burning down?
c) What is the ‘mental illness’ she is referring to and who inflicted it?
d) What are young people responding to? How do they feel?
e) What is the ‘easy way’ to stop it, according to her?
f) What is the country supposed to be about?
g) Who did they learn violence from? Why?
h) How does she end her speech? Quote the phrase using the correct punctuation.
10) Watch the scene about „The Talk‟ in Grey‟s Anatomy 14x10.
Make a list of the indications given to the boy by his parents.
Discuss with a classmate your opinions about the scene. Then, share
your reflection with the class.
Exploring texts on Social Media
11) Search for the following publications on Instagram and write down the main idea of each of them.
a) Barack Obama’s publication ‘Some thoughts about this moment’ (@barackobama on June 1st, 2020)
b) ‘All white people benefit from racism’ (@feministvoice on May 30th, 2020)
c) Zhaa Bowekwe’s publication (@zhaabowekwe on June 2nd, 2020)
12) Google and answer: What was the blackout Tuesday?
13) Read the publications of @elainewiteroth and @luxetokill about it. What did they ask people NOT to
do? Why?
14) Look at the pyramid below and think about examples of active and passive racism in your own culture.
Share them with the class.
15) Define with your own words “White Supremacy”. (Do some research if necessary)
16) Read and discuss the definition of Anti-racism on http://www.aclrc.com/antiracism-defined.
17) Search for a famous quotation that could illustrate each of the four stages mentioned below.
18) Write a speech sharing your ideas about the topic. Make sure to include words from glossary below.
19) Pick a story to read from https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/series/antiracism-and-america . As
you reflect on the story, think about what you learned that was new, how the story made you feel, how race
shaped the experience of the storyteller and your response. You may choose to process this mentally, with a
friend or in writing.
20) Watch the two videos about implicit bias on https://nmaahc.si.edu/learn/talking-about-race/topics/beingantiracist . Try to identify your own bias in different situations.
21) Search for information about the incidents with George Floyd and Ahmaud Arbery in the
USA. Once you know what happened to them, investigate if there were cases like that in your own
country. Choose a case and prepare a presentation about it.