So back to our blog folks! We haven’t worked on it for quite a while.
We sailed through the deep seas of discrimination, we read poetry, fiction dealing with this appalling but still contemporary issue. We read passages from Mandela, Martin Luther King and Gandhi. We tried to learn the keys to a peaceful world through the words, eyes and experience of great men who sacrificed their lives in the name of a world dominated by equality. You are going to watch some challenging and to some extent anguishing films and you are going to do some creative writing that we are going to share by posting your “works” on the blog. Let’s try to warm-up your “creative muscles” by looking at some videos. The first one is a video by an Asian girl, famous for her make-up tutorials, who speaks about a painful past experience of hers, an anecdote obviously and unfortunately linked to racism. Then there are some social ads aimed at sensitizing people towards the problem of wide-spread discrimination in our world.
Regardless of the great steps forward and the great achievements in human rights, we still need to fight against racism and discrimination of any kind. We have started with racial discrimination, but we will proceed with other forms of ghettosising and marginalising people.
It seems that if on the one hand we have managed (as human beings) to put an end to slavery or discrimination towards women (though not in all countries, unfortunately ) just to mention a few achievements in the field of human rights; on the other hand we can still witness discrimination towards homosexuals
elderly people (mainly in western countries)
children (think of child labour in certain countries or think of child soldiers).
Watch the first racist account and think how you would react if somebody threw racial slurs at you for being white.
Watch the following social ads. Which one did you like the most? Why? As you can see some were made by students themselves. What would your anti-racist ad be like?
Write your first acrostic poem, obviously addressed at freedom.
Free at last. Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!
Really. Sure about it? I still see pain, anguish, anger around me.
Everlasting chains. Wish our century could see the disapperance of them.
Energy, positive thinking and hope will make those shackles melt away
During my lifetime I have something to say
Ordeal, human ordeal, lift your eyes of dissent
Make all see your wrath, make all tremble with shame till peace has its last say!