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Tackling racist comments – a primer

This video has been popping up on various sites and blogs recently, but I make no apology for reposting it here. It’s presented by Jay Smooth, a New York hip-hop radio host and it offers some advice on dealing with racism, particularly in confronting racist comments. This is something that all too many teachers will encounter in their work life, so any tips are greatly appreciated. I’ve had to deal with this recently myself, and my approach is always to confront the comments with the “You’d probably best not talk like that, people might find that offensive and think you’re being racist. I’m sure you don’t want people thinking that…”. Many other offensive comments can be dealt with in a similar way – its an invite to think about what they’ve said, not an invite to a fight!

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