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Baratunde Thurston's TED Talk, How to Deconstruct Racism, One Headline at a Time, is an honest talk that examines recent events of racism in our society. He offers insight and challenges people to “Level Up” as we strive for positive change. Thurston focuses on the power of words as he breaks down news headlines and events. This talk would be beneficial in a Sociology, English, Journalism, Psychology, or a Law & Justice course.
From TED.com- "Baratunde Thurston explores the phenomenon of white Americans calling the police on black Americans who have committed the crimes of ... eating, walking or generally "living while black." In this profound, thought-provoking and often hilarious talk, he reveals the power of language to change stories of trauma into stories of healing -- while challenging us all to level up."
My worksheet contains 20 questions and an answer key has been provided for your convenience. There is a question to answer before the talk and one to answer after the talk. The talk is almost 17 minutes in length, but I would allow for at least 30 minutes when considering the additional questions and debrief time.
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