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Taking Action



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.

The Power of One
Examples of people taking action against racist behaviors


Audience: High School Seniors/College Students/Adults

Content: The Freedom Center National Underground Railroad produced these PSAs depicting people speaking up to racism. This is a series of 1 min. public service announcements that demonstrate taking action against racism and bigotry.  Excellent, clear examples of how simple it can be to disrupt oppressive actions, intentional or unintentional.

Discussion questions:

  1. Can you imagine making a comment like the one made in this video? Why or why not?
  2. Have you ever done so?  What happened?
  3. Have you ever thought of doing so, but stopped yourself?
  4. If you are a minority group member, what has been your response to silence when a comment could have been made? 


Michael Moore taking action against NYPD Racism & Police Brutality


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

Content: Video clip (7:13) of Michael Moore staging public actions to highlight examples of police racism.

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?


Readings from “Arthur’s World Neighborhood”


Suggested Audience: K-5, Specifically, grades 2 & 3.

Content: Resource pages that explore the concept of similarities and differences and examine community diversity. Activities, resources, and tips to help kids explore cultural diversity and consolidate the notion of differences/diversity within their own community and around the world.


Unlearning Prejudice


Suggested Audience: Middle School through Adults

Content: Video clip (2:07) that emphasizes taking action to unlearn prejudice.  No specific activities described. From the website:“Because prejudice, or the judgment of other groups, will always exist, one can hope that people make efforts to unlearn prejudicial behaviors.”


Racism and Hatred


Suggested Audience: Middle School and up

Content: Video clip (6:00) describes one former White supremacist’s path to antiracism. From the website: “an ex-member of a white supremacist group now speaks out against racism and violence along with a gay friend who was once one of his victims. They work together at the Museum of Tolerance to fight discrimination.”


Building a Multi-ethnic Inclusive Antiracist Organization: Tools for Liberation packet


Suggested Audience: High School and up; organizations and businesses

Content: Downloadable 14 page packet includes definitions/descriptions of domination and oppression dynamics, characteristics of highly inclusive organizations, and antiracist ally qualities


Anti-Racism for Global Justice:  Catalyst Project Reader


Suggested Audience: High school and up; community organizations

Content: Downloadable readings on anti-racism in social justice organizations


Dismantling Racism Resource Book for Social Change Groups


Suggested Audience: High school and up; community organizations

Content: A powerhouse of a book (119 pages) full of straightforward  resources from the Western States Center , 2003.


Speak Up!  Responding to Everyday Bigotry 


Suggested Audience: Middle school and up

Content: Southern Poverty Law Center ’s excellent full-color 47 p. brochure of scenarios for skills practice.


Shades of Youth


Suggested Audience: Middle school and up

Content: Video clip ( 5:26 ) of youth discussing racism at the White Privilege Conference. Vibrant, succinct.


Hidden Bias Tests


Suggested Audience: Middle school and up

Content: Well-known site on implicit tests of bias.  This site also has additional resources for processing one's test results. 


My Skin


Suggested Audience: Grades K-3

Content: Children will learn the purpose of skin; learn that regardless of the skin color, it does the same thing – no color does a better job

Discussion Questions:

  1. What does her skin do?
  2. If your skin is a different color, does it do the same thing that hers does?
  3. What color is your skin?
  4. What does it help you do?
  5. Ask a friend who had a different skin color, what does their skin help them do?


TLC's 'Guess Who's Coming Over' Explores Racism


Suggested Audience: Middle school/High school/Adults

Content: Short video clip (0:30 sec)


How to tell people they sound racist


Suggested Audience: High school to Adults

Content: Video clip ( 3:00 ) with some mild profanity but good general advice.


Teaching the Levees


Suggested Audience: Educators; High school to Adults

Content: Resources pages of curriculum and multimedia resources to accompany Spike Lee’s When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts. Excellent resources for addressing race and class and Hurricane Katrina’s impact.


PBS’s We Shall Remain Teachers Guide


Suggested Audience: Educators; Middle school to Adults

Content: We Shall Remain is a mini-series of US history from a Native American perspective. This website contains links to full episodes of We Shall Remain, resources for discussion questions and student activities.