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This lesson centers around the debate about when students should be exposed to teaching about the history of racism. The presentation starts with a video about a recent incident where a veteran history teacher was suspended for showing a video that showed Jim Crow era footage of a "black-face" minstrel show which offended an assistant principle. Then the lesson transitions to a close reading activity with a pro/con article on the question of whether teaching about racism adds to the problem or not. Students are asked to wrestle with the questions and come to their own conclusion. There is built in time for peer discussion, whole class discussion and reflective writing. The whole lesson is paced with timers. This could be a powerful experience for students and teachers alike.