Naming Racisms: Identifying and Responding to Biological and Colorblind Racisms


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The purpose of this activity is to help students identify and respond to biological and colorblind racisms they may hear in their everyday lives. The activity uses a pedagogical technique of chat stations where students move around the classroom to visit five different chat stations that each list one statement containing racist discourse. Students work in groups to identify if the statement is either biological racism or one of the four frames of colorblind racism and then record their answers on a worksheet. Students then individually evaluate how they would respond to the statements if they were to encounter them in their everyday lives.


Resource Type(s):
Class Activity 
Maria D. Duenas 
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Subject Area:
Racial and Ethnic Relations 
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Learning Goals and Assessments:

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Goal 1:
Students will collaboratively apply the concepts of biological and colorblind racisms to real-life examples.
Assessment 1:
In groups, students will identify statements presented in the chat stations as either biological racism or one of Bonilla-Silva’s four frames of colorblind racism and record their responses on a worksheet.
Goal 2:
Students will evaluate and produce responses to racist statements they may encounter in their everyday lives.
Assessment 2:
Students will anonymously submit their potential responses to racist statements either through Socrative, PollEverywhere, or on index cards.

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