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Writers Against Racism: BLACK IN LATIN AMERICA ON PBS

Here’s a great opportunity for teachers to use both video and websites in the classroom.  On Tuesdays, April 19-May 10, 2011, 8-9 p.m. ET, Louis Gates introduces us to BLACK IN LATIN AMERICA on PBS.  Why wait until Black History Month?

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Comments

  1. Every country deals with race differently. The two biggest mistakes in American history once one gets beyond slavery: (1) forced integration by court rulings – you can’t force people to want to associate with, get along with, or respect you; and (2) affirmative action – no matter how one looks at it, it smacks of unfairness and does not make people respect you.

    What we have today are simply the long-term ramifications of bad racial policies. What is perhaps more fascinating is that many think that 50 years of legal integration has somehow negated or counterbalanced the treatment afforded blacks prior thereto.

    The reason that society is incapable of addressing the racial issue is because we view it from a perspective which is not conducive to real analysis. We talk all around the fundamental, underlying reasons for racism, and make it an emotional issue. How does one expect to cure the cancer without focusing on the cancerous cells and the biological reasons for cancer? Focusing on the symptoms is an ineffective mechanism to employ. Racism serves a far more complex and pragmatic function than we are generally willing to acknowledge.

  2. B Herrera says:

    No one can MAKE me like someone – either by telling me to or by passing a law, but they can TEACH me to like others. Over the centuries people have tended to settle around those who looked and acted like they did, with only the adventous few taking chances and exploring new surroundings and people different from them. For safety, children have been taught to look for someone like them – not someone who looks different. but different does not have to equate danger if we take the time to get to know each other before spreading our prejudices to our children. Words said in the home carry over into actions within social situations. Accents, color, sex, clothing, body decorations, and everything else about a person can be used to make snap judgements which often turn out to be inaccurate and hurtful. It is good to be careful. It is not good to be judgemental. Teaching children that an individual’s actions, not his looks, show him to be good or bad is much more important than teaching them to beware of “strangers” who don’t look like us. I personally don’t want to be around people who all look the same – I have enough trouble keeping names straight as it is. I learn every day from people who have had different experiences than I have had, and I gain energy from those who accept me the same way I try to accept others. It is nice to have traditions to guide us; however, we should never let them take total control. Traditions and cultures are important, but not at the expense of our acceptance of others. As small children we are taught to share out toys. As adults, we should generously share our world.