Presentation on theme: "Human Rights Issues: Racism By: Justin Clowater, Brittany Gullison, Adam Keating, Jesse O'Donnell, Melissa Smith, Jason Wilson."— Presentation transcript:
Human Rights Issues: Racism By: Justin Clowater, Brittany Gullison, Adam Keating, Jesse O'Donnell, Melissa Smith, Jason Wilson
What is Racism? “Racism describes attitudes, actions, or institutional practices based on the assumption that certain people have the right to power over others solely because of their [race]” (Fountain, 1995, p. 83).
Classroom Study Historical Cases of Racism Role of Power in fuelling and attempts at resolving racism Stereotyping and Racial Profiling Perspectives Discrimination
UDHR Article 1: All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood Article 2: Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. Furthermore, no distinction shall be made on the basis of the political, jurisdictional or international status of the country or territory to which a person belongs, whether it be independent, trust, non-self-governing or under any other limitation of sovereignty.
Power Racism has often been a product of the "dominant" race using social, political or economic power to overpower other races deemed inferior Power has played a role in fostering/attempting to resolve racism
Anti-Discrimination Education Racism is a learned behavior How do you teach young children about racism? The Prejudice No Way! Project http://www.prejudicenoway.com.au/ http://www.samaritans.org/pdf/C2Challengin gDiscri.pdf
Perspectives on Racism What is race? Perspective of the victim Perspective of the racist Responsibility to act?
History: Civil Rights Civil Rights Act 1964 Brown v. Board of Education (http://www.nps.gov/nr/travel/civilrights/al1.htmhttp://www.nps.gov/nr/travel/civilrights/al1.htm http://www.infoplease.com/spot/civilrightstimeline1.html
Discrimination http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hqp6GnYqIjQ How do you feel after seeing excerpts of Jane Elliott's experiment? How have you been discriminated upon in the past based on your appearance? website: http://www.janeelliott.com/ http://www.janeelliott.com/
Big Questions What other moments in history could you make a unit plan on that involves racism? How would you localize the subject of racism in a New Brunswick school? What resources would you use to find information on racism? Concerns have been raised in society and within our class over the definition of racism. What is a valid definition of racism? Why do you think some people see defining the term as difficult? How do you teach such a broad topic as racism?