WE ARE ALLIES.
This piece was a very tiny fraction of the work these incredible humans put in over summer school. The aim was to raise awareness & generate a conversation around racism; how we can prevent it & what to do if we witness it.
We discussed the meaning of BIAS, PREJUDICE & DISCRIMINATION. We talked openly about times they had heard racist things being said, whether they spoke up and if not, what had stopped them.
They learnt phrases & examples they can easily use to explain their points in case they’re not feeling confident to debate with someone. We now have go-to lines to use if we aren’t keen on confrontation but still want to stand up for what is right.
The biggest takeaway from this exercise is for these students to know that…
IF YOUNG PEOPLE FEEL EMPOWERED TO SPEAK OUT AGAINST INJUSTICE THEY CAN CHANGE THE WORLD.
The negative voices always shout louder. We need a force of positivity to change that.
Growing up in a predominantly White British area, it’s of the utmost importance that we are aware of our own learnt bias. It’s crucial that we learn how to embrace difference cultures and nationalities, how to stand up for them and how to make them feel like they belong.
With unlimited access to information at their finger tips, an open mind and a core of kindness… These young people are so well equipped to take on racism at any level, correct it and stand as allies.
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