University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
The Student Teachers Anti-Racism Society (STARS) promotes anti-racism education at the College of Education, University of Saskatchewan through the support of the College. We work collaboratively to understand, identify, and address individual and systemic racism and its interlocking forms of oppression based on gender, sexuality, ability, class, religion and other socially constructed categories. We believe that anti-racist and decolonizing education, when woven together, can create humanizing and emancipatory change for everyone.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Old School Sesame Street: Indians Don't Talk Like That

While looking for anti-racism kindergarten resources I came across this on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PuJzKVF_gxQ

There's a lot we can do with this one little piece. Some ideas...

1. Ask students why the boys think Indians talk like that, where do they learn this message? What does this message tell us about Indians? Why is this wrong and what are the consequences?
2. Why are Indians the 'bad guys'? Why are white people the 'good guys'? What is wrong with these ideas? Explain that thinking of and describing people who have dark skin as 'bad' is racism.
3. Where does the term Indian come from and what are more respectful names we use today? Define First Nations, Metis and Inuit. Who are First Nations and Metis people in Saskatchewan?

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