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“Drowning” by Hootie and the Blowfish

To study a current song and begin discussion about the issue of racism. This discussion can be used as an introduction on the topic of racism.

Leader Preparation

Obtain a tape player and recording of the song “Drowning” by Hootie and the Blowfish (on the album, “Cracked Rear View“).

Group Building

Start with general comments from the group on racism and your opening comments. Play “Drowning” by Hootie and the Blowfish. Ask them to listen to the words and highlight points after the song is played. The lead singer of this group is black, but rest of band is white, and their music plays to a mostly white audience.

Questions for Reflection and Discussion

  1. What is the writer’s main message? What is he trying to say?
  2. How does he feel emotionally about this topic? Mad? Sad? Tired? Frustrated? How do you feel about this topic?
  3. What makes him frustrated? What are his complaints about those who are racist against him? What does he see as the reasons behind racism? Are they true? Are they true for you in your life? In school? At church? In clubs or teams?
  4. Why must we deal with this subject? Why can’t we just keep things the way they are?
  5. What do you think he is trying to say about the church? Why does he mention it? Does it do a good or bad job with race relations, according to him? According to you?
  6. Why does he name the song “Drowning”? What does he mean by that?
  7. Do you agree with the writer of this song? Disagree?

Amy Allison Moreau and Kathryn Q. Powers
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