Explorations of race

Race video

Activity: Explore a range of Australian and international resources and media on race and racism.

Write down everything you know about race.

Watch the following clips from the documentary ‘Race, the power of an illusion’ and write down any questions that are raised for you:

Use the following resources from the web forum Is Race “Real”? to try to answer any further questions that you have about race:

History of racism

There is a long history to racism. To learn more watch the following clips from the BBC documentary Racism – A History which explores the impact of racism on a global scale:[1]

Racism – A History was first broadcast on BBC Four in March 2007 to mark the bicentenary of the Slave Trade Act 1807 which abolished the slave trade in the British Empire. For a synopsis of this 3 part series see http://www.bbcactive.com/BBCActiveIdeasandResources/RacismAhistory.aspx.

Forms of racism

Use the ‘Racism no way’ site to investigate the different forms of racism.

Read through this resource and then consider the following questions:

  • Is racism wrong? Explain your answer.
  • Should we be combating racism in schools and in our classrooms?

You might like to consider the ethical principles of equality, the common good, harm caused, empathy, and the consequences to evaluate whether racism is wrong.

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[1] Activity contributed by Michael Colbung, Adelaide University