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Michael Moore on NYPD Racism & Police Brutality

Song "Changes" by TuPac Shakur

 

 

Institutionalized Racism


What is Institutionalized Racism?
(Also referred to as Institutional Racism)

“Institutionalized racism is a form of racism which is structured into political and social institutions. It occurs when institutions, including corporations, governments and universities, discriminate either deliberately or indirectly, against certain groups of people to limit their rights. Race-based discrimination in housing, education, employment and health for example are forms of institutional racism. It reflects the cultural assumptions of the dominant group, so that the practices of that group are seen as the norm to which other cultural practices should conform (Anderson and Taylor, 2006). Institutional racism is more subtle, less visible, and less identifiable than individual acts of racism, but no less destructive to human life and human dignity. The people who manage our institutions may not be racists as individuals, but they may well discriminate as part of simply carrying out their job, often without being aware that their role in an institution is contributing to a discriminatory outcome.”

Reference: http://institutionalracism.net/default.aspx

 

Media Links and Discussion

Each of the following topics includes a link to a piece of media and discussion questions that can be used in discussion.

Michael Moore on NYPD Racism & Police Brutality

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LfFfUxBDMDY

Audience: Middle School/High School/ College Students/Adults

Content: Dilemma of being Black in a White society

Discussion questions:

  1. Have you ever had similar things/maltreatment happen to you or someone you know?
  2. How does that make you feel?
  3. How do you feel about law enforcement in your area?
  4. What are ways you can share you experience and help educate law enforcement in your area?

 

Song “Changes” by TuPac Shakur

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FeMKM-eQPB4

Audience: Middle School/High School/ College Students/Adults

Content: Dilemma of being Black in a White society - a song about racial issues in urban areas and how many African Americans feel racism will never stop and things will never change

Lyrics of the Song:

<Verse 1>
Come on come on
I see no changes wake up in the morning and I ask myself
is life worth living should I blast myself?
I'm tired of bein' poor and even worse I'm black
my stomach hurts so I'm lookin' for a purse to snatch
Cops give a damn about a negro
pull the trigger kill a nigga he's a hero
Give the crack to the kids who the hell cares
one less hungry mouth on the welfare
First ship 'em dope and let 'em deal the brothers
give 'em guns step back watch 'em kill each other
It's time to fight back that's what Huey said
2 shots in the dark now Huey's dead
I got love for my brother but we can never go nowhere
unless we share with each other
We gotta start makin' changes
learn to see me as a brother instead of 2 distant strangers
and that's how it's supposed to be
How can the devil take a brother if he's close to me?
I'd love to go back to when we played as kids
but things change, and that's the way it is

Chorus:
That's just the way it is -- Things'll never be the same -- That's just the way it is -- aww yeah (Repeat)

<Verse 2>
I see no changes all I see is racist faces
misplaced hate makes disgrace to races
We under I wonder what it takes to make this
one better place, let's erase the wasted
Take the evil out the people they'll be acting right
'cause both black and white is smokin' crack tonight
and the only time we chill is when we kill each other
it takes skill to be real, time to heal each other
And although it seems heaven sent
We ain't ready, to see a black President, uhh
It ain't a secret don't conceal the fact
the penitentiary's packed, and it's filled with blacks
But some things will never change
try to show another way but you stayin' in the dope game
Now tell me what's a mother to do
bein' real don't appeal to the brother in you
You gotta operate the easy way
I made a G today But you made it in a sleazy way
sellin' crack to the kids. I gotta get paid,
Well hey, well that's the way it is

Chorus:
That's just the way it is -- Things'll never be the same -- That's just the way it is -- aww yeah (Repeat)

Talking:
We gotta make a change...
It's time for us as a people to start makin' some changes.
Let's change the way we eat, let's change the way we live
and let's change the way we treat each other.
You see the old way wasn't working so it's on us to do
what we gotta do, to survive.

<Verse 3>
And still I see no changes can't a brother get a little peace
It's war on the streets and the war in the Middle East
Instead of war on poverty they got a war on drugs
so the police can bother me
And I ain't never did a crime I ain't have to do
But now I'm back with the blacks givin' it back to you
Don't let 'em jack you up, back you up,
crack you up and pimp smack you up
You gotta learn to hold ya own
~they get~ jealous when they see ya with ya mobile phone
But tell the cops they can't touch this
I don't trust this when they try to rush I bust this
That's the sound of my tool you say it ain't cool
my mama didn't raise no fool
And as long as I stay black I gotta stay strapped
and I never get to lay back
'Cause I always got to worry 'bout the pay backs
some buck that I roughed up way back
comin' back after all these years
rat-tat-tat-tat-tat that's the way it is uhh

Chorus:
That's just the way it is -- Things'll never be the same -- That's just the way it is -- aww yeah (Repeat)

You're my brother, you're my sister
That's just the way it is (way it is,way it is)
Things will never be the same
You're my brother, you're my sister
That's the way it is
Aww yeah

Some things will never change.

Discussion Questions:

  1. Can racism ever be eradicated, if so, how? If not, why not?
  2. What’s the artist’s message?
  3. What thoughts does the song bring up for you?