Black Lives Matter

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This lesson contains 35 slides, with interactive quizzes, text slides and 5 videos.

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What do you already know
about BLM?

Slide 2 - Mind map

Slide 3 - Video

In the trailer you read the quote: 
"What you see in the news, is a story 150 years in the making"
What do you think is meant by this?

Slide 4 - Open question

After slavery was abolished in the US in 1865,
Black Americans kept being discriminated by society. Can you think of examples of how they were discriminated?
Slavery and BLM

Slide 5 - Open question

Some people say it should be 'All Lives Matter' instead of
'Black Lives Matter'. 
1. What do you think they mean by this? 
2. Do you agree or disagree? 

Slide 6 - Open question

Read the cartoon on the left. Explain the metaphor that is used in your own words (explain what is meant). 

 Question box on next slide!

Slide 7 - Slide

Explain the metaphor that is used in the cartoon on the previous slide.

Slide 8 - Open question

Read this article and 
answer the questions in the
next slides.

Slide 9 - Slide

"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.

Slide 11 - Open question

The article also talks about Colin Kaepernick's action in the NFL. Donald Trump commented on Twitter:

Slide 12 - Slide

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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Slide 22 - Video

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.

Slide 24 - Slide

Slide 25 - Video

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... 

Slide 27 - Slide

Slide 28 - Video

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.

Slide 30 - Slide

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'.

Slide 32 - Quiz

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?

Slide 35 - Open question