To help kids who have not experienced racism see how it feels and to also heighten kids’ awareness of their own unconscious racist tendencies.
Watch the movie, “Malcolm X.” This should be done with older high school students; it is rated “R” and probably requires parental permission. However, it is very true to the book, and the explicit scenes and language are true to the experience. If there is parental resistance, watch the movie yourself and possibly select a small clip to show and discuss. After watching the movie, use the following questions to debrief the group.
Questions for Reflection and Discussion
- How would you describe Malcolm X? What kind of reaction does he get from you?
- What part of the movie was most powerful for you?
- What made Islam acceptable to him?
- What do you think of his early speeches-were any of his points true? What purpose, good or bad, did his early speeches serve?
- What contribution did Malcolm X make to society, good or bad? Do you think he helped or hurt race relations in America?
- What can we learn from his life?
Amy Allison Moreau
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