Black Lives Matter: Why I am No Longer Talking To White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge.
This lesson takes the key themes of the book ‘Why I am No Longer Talking To White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge’ and attempts to distill them into a format ready for a class room discussion. Ideal for discussions on race during a tutor period or at the end of a unit of work that features discussion on race.
It is broken into the following stages:
- Intro to the author and initial mind mapping.
- A look at the history of black people, and their contribution, to British society.
- A discussion of how these historic experiences have created systemic racism – this is the crucial element of the lesson, to explain to students that being ‘colour blind’ can cause its own problems by neglecting to engage with the realities of black people.
- What is ‘white privilege’ and what could be done to stop it? A look at the NFL’s “Rooney Rule”.
- PEE paragraph on the Rooney Rule.
- Ending thoughts and development of mind maps.
- Extension task: Read Eddo-Lodge’s article.
- EAL Task: Keyword focus sheet
I do not for a second pretend to be an expert in these matters but this is my attempt to introduce the discussion of systemic racism into my classroom. I hope it can be of some use to you in your classrooms too.
If you feel I have said something wrong or phrased something insensitively please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can make corrections together.
Hope it helps.
GREAT resource: A sensitive and sensible exploration of an important topic.
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