"Hundreds of thousands of people in the US and around the world are going into the streets holding signs and marching to raise awareness of the problems faced by people in the Black community."
Have you ever taken part in a protest or demonstration? Why (not)?
Slide 10 - Open question
After the protest in Amsterdam, a lot of people argued that it should have been banned due to the risk of spreading the Coronavirus.
What do you think is more important: the right to protest or preventing the virus from spreading? Explain why.
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The article also talks about Colin Kaepernick's action in the NFL. Donald Trump commented on Twitter:
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Do you agree with Trump on this? Why (not)?
Slide 13 - Open question
The BLM movement has been in the news over the last couple of weeks because of police brutality.
Do you think the police can use violence and if so, in what circumstances?
Slide 14 - Open question
Do you think the police should be allowed to target specific people or groups? Why or why not?
Slide 15 - Open question
Racism is a hot topic all over the world.
You are now going to listen to four songs from different eras which promote equality.
Listen to the songs, try to understand what they are about and answer the questions.
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A Change Is Gonna Come (1963) by Sam Cooke
This song was influential during the civil rights movement, particularly after Martin Luther King was killed. Some would say that it played a significant role in bringing white Americans to actively support the move towards equality.
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Slide 18 - Video
Sam Cooke sings "It's been a long time comin' ". What do you think that means?
Slide 19 - Open question
He also sings "I go to the movie
And I go Downtown
Somebody Keep telling me
Dont hang around".
Explain what you think he's talking about here.
Slide 20 - Open question
Imagine (1971) by John Lennon
This song encouraged a dialogue about war, famine and religion, but in a respectful and calm way. Calling for a unified world, where greed and violence don’t exist, this song about equality is an anthem that has inspired so many to fight for peace and love.
In the video on the next page, 25 celebrities sing the song together in isolation during the coronacrisis.
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We are surrounded by hate, cruelty, murder, war and racism. The world that he sings about tells us how we should want the world to be.
What do you think about celebrities singing this?
Is it appropriate?
Slide 23 - Open question
Black or White (1991) by Michael Jackson
This is a human rights song and an open plea for racial harmony. Michael Jackson sings about his own experiences and observations of racism, while reminding us we are all equal. Released in 1991, this song still hits home in 2020.
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Name some of Michael Jackson's examples/observations on racism.
Slide 26 - Open question
Same Love (2012) by Macklemore
This song is about equality, but its topic is different from the other song's topic. Have a listen...
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Explain what 'Same Love' is about and why this topic is so important.
Slide 29 - Open question
Say whether you agree or disagree with the statements in the next slides.
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Racism is just as much a problem in The Netherlands as it is in the US.
Slide 31 - Quiz
It should be 'All Lives Matter' instead of 'Black Lives Matter'.
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My school should pay more attention to ethnicity.
Slide 33 - Quiz
George Floyd's murder (and its aftermath) has made me more aware of the issues regarding race.
Slide 34 - Quiz
What did you think of this lesson? Did you like it or not? What did you (dis)like about it?