Racism conversation questions

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This is a bit of an adult topic. It is potentially controversial. Use with caution.

Racism and your country[edit | edit source]

Contemporary society[edit | edit source]

Contemporary (2020) anti-racism protestors protesting.
  • Do you think your society is a racist society?
    • If yes, In what way?
    • If no, why?
  • How are privileged groups privileged?
  • Have there been anti-racism protests in your country?
    • Why have people been protesting?
    • What do you think about sportspeople "taking the knee"?
  • Do right-wing politicians in your country use racist dog whistles to stir up racial tensions? Which ones?
    • If you're a conservative voter, are you willing to turn a blind eye to such matters if your preferred candidate otherwise matches your political beliefs?
  • In your country, is there a history of entertainers using blackface?
  • Do any brands in your country use racist stereotyping in their branding? e.g. Dalie toothpaste, Uncle Ben's, Aunt Jemima's. What do you think about this?

History[edit | edit source]

  • Does your country have a history of colonialism?
    • Was it historically involved in the slave trade?
      • If yes, what is the legacy of the slave trade?
      • How did the slave trade end?
  • Should statues of historical figures involved in the slave trade be pulled down? Why (not)?
  • Was your country a colony of another country?
    • If yes, what happened to the native peoples who lived in your country before the colonisers arrived?
  • Does your country have a history of anti-Semitism?
    • Was your country involved in the Holocaust?
  • Does your country have a history of other racial discrimination?

Racism in other countries[edit | edit source]

  • What do you think about racism in other countries, e.g. United States, Russia?
  • In what ways is racism in these countries similar to your country? How is it different?
  • What do you know about the Civil Rights Movement in America?

Racism and you[edit | edit source]

  • Have you ever taken an implicit bias test, e.g. Blindspot?[1] - what did you discover about yourself?
  • Have you ever witnessed or directly experienced racism?
    • If yes, how does that make you feel?
    • How do you think you would you feel if you were the victim of racism?
  • If you belong to a group that is considered privileged in your society, (e.g. white people in most western countries)
    • Do you agree that you are, at least partly, privileged?
      • If yes, how do you think you are privileged?
      • If yes, have you noticed your privilege?
      • Are there are groups in society with even more privilege than you?
  • Do you agree or disagree with the sentiment that "It's not good enough to not be racist; one has to be actively anti-racist"?
    • If yes, how can you be anti-racist?
  • What would you do if your friend started posting racist memes on social media?
  • Finish this sentence: "I'm not racist, but..."

References[edit | edit source]