The Reading / Listening - Racism - Level 6

A report on racism commissioned by the United Kingdom has drawn criticism from upholders of racial equality. The Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities was established last summer in the wake of the killing of George Floyd in the USA. That death sparked protests across the world and fuelled the Black Lives Matter movement. The commission acknowledged that racism remains a "real force" in the UK. However, it said the British system is no longer "deliberately rigged against ethnic minorities". It said people use racism as a "catch-all explanation" for not getting ahead in life. It added that geography, family, socio-economic background, culture and religion have a more significant impact on success in life than race.



Advocates of racial equality called the report, "a truly historic denial of the scale of race inequality in Britain". The day the report was released, the UK government's most senior adviser on race resigned, although he said the timing was coincidental. A leading UK politician and radio show host, David Lammy, was deeply critical of the report. He accused the government of "gaslighting" the British public. He tweeted: "For my own mental well-being I am not doing media interviews on the race commission today. Like so many in Britain's Black community, I'm tired of the endless debate about whether structural racism exists with little desire to actually address it. We are being gaslighted."

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Racism - Level 4  or  Racism - Level 5

Sources
  • https://www.npr.org/2021/04/01/983499592/u-k-government-report-draws-criticism-over-historic-denial-of-race-issues
  • https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/apr/02/sewell-report-racial-disparity-progress-division-racism
  • https://www.thedailybeast.com/samuel-kasumu-quits-after-gaslighting-study-that-denied-institutional-racism-exists


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Warm-ups

1. RACISM: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about racism. Change partners often and share your findings.
2. CHAT: In pairs / groups, talk about these topics or words from the article. What will the article say about them? What can you say about these words and your life?
       report / racism / racial equality / ethnic / protests / rigged / minorities / geography /
       denial / inequality / adviser / resigned / politician / gaslighting / mental / community
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. NO RACISM: Students A strongly believe racism will disappear one day; Students B strongly believe it won't. Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. EQUALITY: Where do you see inequality with these things? How can we create greater equality? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you w rote.

 

Inequality

Creating Greater Equality

Race

 

 

Gender

 

 

Age

 

 

Wealth

 

 

Religion

 

 

Weight

 

 

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5. REPORT: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "report". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.
6. PROTESTS: Rank these with your partner. Put the things you would protest about most at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • Racial equality
  • Lower taxes
  • Corruption
  • No war
  • Global warming
  • Food prices
  • LGBTQ rights
  • Free speech

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. commissioned a. Set up or started.
      2. established b. A statement or action expressing disapproval of or objection to something.
      3. in the wake of c. Provided the stimulus for a dramatic event or process.
      4. sparked d. Used to refer to the aftermath or consequences of something.
      5. protest e. Gave an order for or authorize the production of something such as a report, building, piece of equipment, or work of art.
      6. rigged f. Great or important enough to be worthy of attention.
      7. significant
       
g. Manage or conducted something fraudulently so as to produce a result or situation that is advantageous to a particular person.

    Paragraph 2

      8. advocate h. Relating to the arrangement of and relations between the parts of something.
      9. denial i. A person who publicly supports or recommends a particular cause or policy.
      10. scale j. A kind of psychological control in which a person or a group sows seeds of doubt in people, making them question their own memory, perception, or judgment.
      11. coincidental k. Think about and begin to deal with an issue or problem.
      12. gaslighting l. The relative size or extent of something.
      13. structural m. Resulting from a coincidence; done or happening by chance.
      14. address n. The action of declaring something to be untrue.

 

Before reading / listening

1. TRUE / FALSE: Read the headline. Guess if 1-8 below are true (T) or false (F).

  1. A report on UK racism was set up after a man was killed in the USA.     T / F
  2. The report says racism is a real force in the UK.     T / F
  3. The report says the British system is rigged against ethnic minorities.     T / F
  4. The report says geography has a bigger impact on success than race.     T / F
  5. Critics of the report said it denied the scale of race inequality in Britain.   T / F
  6. A senior government race adviser quit the day the report was released.   T / F
  7. The report said the UK needed a lot more gas lighting.     T / F
  8. An MP said he was tired of the debate on whether gaslighting exists.     T / F

2. SYNONYM MATCH: Match the following synonyms from the article.

  1. commissioned
  2. established
  3. sparked
  4. remains
  5. impact
  6. scale
  7. resigned
  8. well-being
  9. endless
  10. address
  1. tackle
  2. continues to be
  3. quit
  4. set up
  5. welfare
  6. prompted
  7. constant
  8. ordered
  9. extent
  10. effect

3. PHRASE MATCH: (Sometimes more than one choice is possible.)

  1. A report on racism commissioned
  2. in the wake
  3. acknowledged that racism remains
  4. deliberately rigged against
  5. a more significant impact
  6. a truly historic
  7. he said the timing
  8. deeply
  9. I'm tired of the endless
  10. little desire to actually
  1. denial
  2. ethnic minorities
  3. on success in life
  4. debate
  5. was coincidental
  6. by the United Kingdom
  7. critical of the report
  8. of the killing
  9. address it
  10. a "real force"

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
wake
force
ahead
rigged
upholders
impact
explanation
sparked

A report on racism commissioned by the United Kingdom has drawn criticism from (1) _____________________ of racial equality. The Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities was established last summer in the (2) _____________________ of the killing of George Floyd in the USA. That death (3) _____________________ protests across the world and fuelled the Black Lives Matter movement. The commission acknowledged that racism remains a "real (4) _____________________" in the UK. However, it said the British system is no longer "deliberately (5) _____________________ against ethnic minorities". It said people use racism as a "catch-all (6) _____________________" for not getting (7) _____________________ in life. It added that geography, family, socio-economic background, culture and religion have a more significant (8) _____________________ on success in life than race.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
being
senior
critical
timing
desire
denial
gaslighted
endless

Advocates of racial equality called the report, "a truly historic (9) _____________________ of the scale of race inequality in Britain". The day the report was released, the UK government's most (10) _____________________ adviser on race resigned, although he said the (11) _____________________ was coincidental. A leading UK politician and radio show host, David Lammy, was deeply (12) _____________________ of the report. He accused the government of "gaslighting" the British public. He tweeted: "For my own mental well-(13) _____________________ I am not doing media interviews on the race commission today. Like so many in Britain's Black community, I'm tired of the (14) _____________________ debate about whether structural racism exists with little (15) _____________________ to actually address it. We are being (16) _____________________."

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1) and Ethnic Disparities was established last summer in the ______ killing
     a.  bake of the
     b.  wake of the
     c.  take of the
     d.  fake of the
2)  The commission acknowledged that racism remains ______
     a.  a "reality force"
     b.  a "really force"
     c.  a "reel force"
     d.  a "real force"
3) it said the British system is no longer "deliberately ______ minorities"
     a.  triggered against ethnic
     b.  jigged against ethnic
     c.  rigged against ethnic
     d.  pigged against ethnic
4)  people use racism as a "catch-all explanation" for not getting ______
     a.  a head in life
     b.  ah head in life
     c.  a heed in life
     d.  ahead in life
5)  have a more significant impact on success in ______
     a.  live than race
     b.  lite than race
     c.  line than race
     d.  life than race

6)  Advocates of racial equality called the report, "a ______"
     a.  true historic denial
     b.  truly historic denial
     c.  truly historically denial
     d.  truly historic deny
7)  the UK government's most senior adviser ______
     a.  on race assigned
     b.  on race singed
     c.  on race designed
     d.  on race resigned
8)  although he said the timing ______
     a.  was coincidence all
     b.  was coincidental
     c.  was coincident all
     d.  was coin see dent all
9)  He accused the government of "gaslighting" ______
     a.  the British public
     b.  the British private
     c.  the British publicly
     d.  the British privately
10)  debate about whether structural racism exists with little desire to ______
     a.  actually redress it
     b.  actually ad dress it
     c.  actually a dress it
     d.  actually address it

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A report on racism commissioned by the United Kingdom has drawn criticism (1) ____________________ racial equality. The Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities was established last summer in (2) ____________________ the killing of George Floyd in the USA. That death sparked protests across the (3) ____________________ the Black Lives Matter movement. The commission acknowledged that racism remains a "real force" in the UK. However, it said the British system is no longer "(4) ____________________ ethnic minorities". It said people use racism as a "catch-all explanation" for not getting (5) ____________________. It added that geography, family, socio-economic background, culture and religion have a more significant (6) ____________________ in life than race.

Advocates of racial equality called the report, "a (7) ____________________ of the scale of race inequality in Britain". The day the report was released, the UK government's most (8) ____________________ race resigned, although he said the timing was coincidental. A leading UK politician and radio show host, David Lammy, was (9) ____________________ the report. He accused the government of "gaslighting" the British public. He tweeted: "For my (10) ____________________ I am not doing media interviews on the race commission today. Like so many in Britain's Black community, I'm tired of the (11) ____________________ whether structural racism exists with little desire to (12) ____________________. We are being gaslighted."

Comprehension questions

  1. When was the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities established?
  2. What movement did the death of George Floyd fuel?
  3. What did the commission acknowledge racism remains?
  4. Who did the commission say the British system wasn't rigged against?
  5. What might geography have a bigger impact on for success in life?
  6. What did racial equality advocates call the report?
  7. Who quit on the day the report was released?
  8. What did David Lammy accuse the British government of doing?
  9. What is David Lammy tired of?
  10. What did Mr Lammy say there was little desire to do regarding racism?




Multiple choice quiz

1)  When was the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities established?
a) 1999
b) last summer
c) a decade ago
d) last month
2)  What movement did the death of George Floyd fuel?
a) soul searching
b) police inquiries
c) racism
d) Black Lives Matter
3) What did the commission acknowledge racism remains?
a) a real force
b) disgusting
c) dangerous
d) an embarrassment
4) Who did the commission say the British system wasn't rigged against?
a) white people
b) the police
c) ethnic minorities
d) the ruling elite
5) What might geography have a bigger impact on for success in life?
a) economics
b) race
c) history
d) equality

6) What did racial equality advocates call the report?
a) a historic denial
b) a joke
c) laughable
d) detailed
7) Who quit on the day the report was released?
a) a UK minister
b) a race relations officer
c) a senior adviser on race
d) a political party leader
8) What did David Lammy accuse the British government of doing?
a) gaslighting
b) being racist
c) absolutely nothing
d) addressing racism
9) What is David Lammy tired of?
a) the endless race debate
b) reports
c) politicians
d) lies
10) What did Mr Lammy say there was little desire to do regarding racism?
a) legislate against it
b) commission a report on it
c) end it
d) address it

Role play

Role  A – Racial Equality
You think racial equality is the thing to protest most about. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their things aren't worth protesting about as much. Also, tell the others which is the least protest-worthy of these (and why): lower taxes, no war or free speech.

Role  B – Lower Taxes
You think lower taxes is the thing to protest most about. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their things aren't worth protesting about as much. Also, tell the others which is the least protest-worthy of these (and why): racial equality, no war or free speech.

Role  C – No War
You think no war is the thing to protest most about. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their things aren't worth protesting about as much. Also, tell the others which is the least protest-worthy of these (and why): lower taxes, racial equality or free speech.

Role  D – Free Speech
You think free speech is the thing to protest most about. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their things aren't worth protesting about as much. Also, tell the others which is the least protest-worthy of these (and why): lower taxes, no war or racial equality.

After reading / listening

1. WORD SEARCH: Look in your dictionary / computer to find collocates, other meanings, information, synonyms … for the words...

'racism'

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  • and 'criticism'.

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  • • Share your findings with your partners.

    • Make questions using the words you found.

    • Ask your partner / group your questions.

    2. ARTICLE QUESTIONS: Look back at the article and write down some questions you would like to ask the class about the text.

    •Share your questions with other classmates / groups. •Ask your partner / group your questions.

    3. GAP FILL: In pairs / groups, compare your answers to this exercise. Check your answers. Talk about the words from the activity. Were they new, interesting, worth learning…?

    4. VOCABULARY: Circle any words you do not understand. In groups, pool unknown words and use dictionaries to find their meanings.

    5. TEST EACH OTHER: Look at the words below. With your partner, try to recall how they were used in the text:

    • drawn
    • wake
    • across
    • force
    • catch
    • culture
    • truly
    • senior
    • leading
    • accused
    • tired
    • address




    Student survey

    Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

    (Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

    Discussion - Racism

    STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

    1. What did you think when you read the headline?
    2. What images are in your mind when you hear the word 'racism'?
    3. Why are people racist?
    4. What is your impression of the UK and multiculturalism?
    5. What kinds of racism have you seen in your country?
    6. Have you ever experienced racism?
    7. What would you say to a racist?
    8. What would you do if you saw someone being racist?
    9. What can countries do to reduce racism?
    10. What do you think life is like being part of an ethnic minority?

    STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

    1. Did you like reading this article? Why/not?
    2. What do you think of when you hear the word 'criticism'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. What is the history of racial equality in your country?
    5. What do you know about gaslighting?
    6. What damage does racism do to a country?
    7. What is structural racism?
    8. Do you think we are all racist to some degree?
    9. What advice do you have for people who suffer from racism?
    10. What questions would you like to ask the head of the commission?

    Discussion — Write your own questions

    STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

    (a) ________________

    (b) ________________

    (c) ________________

    (d) ________________

    (e) ________________

    STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

    (f) ________________

    (g) ________________

    (h) ________________

    (i) ________________

    (j) ________________





    Language — Cloze (Gap-fill)

    A report (1) ____ racism commissioned by the United Kingdom has drawn criticism from upholders of racial equality. The Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities was established last summer in the (2) ____ of the killing of George Floyd in the USA. That death (3) ____ protests across the world and fuelled the Black Lives Matter movement. The commission acknowledged that racism (4) ____ a "real force" in the UK. However, it said the British system is no longer "deliberately rigged against ethnic minorities". It said people use racism as a "(5) ____-all explanation" for not getting ahead in life. It added that geography, family, socio-economic background, culture and religion have a more significant impact (6) ____ success in life than race.

    Advocates of racial equality called the report, "a truly historic (7) ____ of the scale of race inequality in Britain". The day the report was released, the UK government's most senior adviser on race (8) ____, although he said the timing was coincidental. A leading UK politician and radio show host, David Lammy, was (9) ____ critical of the report. He accused the government of "gaslighting" the British public. He tweeted: "For my own mental well-(10) ____ I am not doing media interviews on the race commission today. Like so many in Britain's Black community, I'm tired of the endless debate about whether (11) ____ racism exists with little desire to actually (12) ____ it. We are being gaslighted."

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     of     (b)     on     (c)     in     (d)     to    
    2. (a)     sleep     (b)     wake     (c)     nap     (d)     doze    
    3. (a)     spectacle     (b)     bespoke     (c)     sparkled     (d)     sparked    
    4. (a)     remain     (b)     remains     (c)     reminds     (d)     remind    
    5. (a)     throw     (b)     catch     (c)     drop     (d)     nab    
    6. (a)     at     (b)     by     (c)     on     (d)     as    
    7. (a)     deny     (b)     denizen     (c)     denial     (d)     denting    
    8. (a)     restated     (b)     reigned     (c)     resigned     (d)     register    
    9. (a)     deeps     (b)     depth     (c)     deepen     (d)     deeply    
    10. (a)     being     (b)     been     (c)     be     (d)     beginning    
    11. (a)     structural     (b)     scaffolded     (c)     supportive     (d)     scuffed    
    12. (a)     envelope     (b)     postal     (c)     address     (d)     mail

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

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    4. against ethnic mioeintirs
    5. background, culture and giinrloe
    6. a more ntnifciagis impact

    Paragraph 2

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    3. he said the timing was etilaccnidon
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    6. whether uucsattlrr racism exists

    Put the text back together

    (...)  whether structural racism exists with little desire to actually address it. We are being gaslighted."
    (...)  critical of the report. He accused the government of "gaslighting" the British public. He tweeted: "For
    (...)  background, culture and religion have a more significant impact on success in life than race.
    (...)  equality. The Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities was established last summer in the wake
    (...)  as a "catch-all explanation" for not getting ahead in life. It added that geography, family, socio-economic
    (...)  system is no longer "deliberately rigged against ethnic minorities". It said people use racism
    (...)  of the killing of George Floyd in the USA. That death sparked protests across the world and fuelled
    (...)  race inequality in Britain". The day the report was released, the UK government's most senior
    (...)  adviser on race resigned, although he said the timing was coincidental. A leading UK politician and radio show host, David Lammy, was deeply
    (...)  Advocates of racial equality called the report, "a truly historic denial of the scale of
    (...)  the Black Lives Matter movement. The commission acknowledged that racism remains a "real force" in the UK. However, it said the British
    (...)  today. Like so many in Britain's Black community, I'm tired of the endless debate about
    1  ) A report on racism commissioned by the United Kingdom has drawn criticism from upholders of racial
    (...)  my own mental well-being I am not doing media interviews on the race commission

    Put the words in the right order

    1. the   protests   death   That   across   sparked   world   .
    2. that   acknowledged   force   .   a   It   racism   real   remains
    3. system   deliberately   is   no   British   rigged   .   The   longer
    4. use   catch-all   racism   People   a   as   explanation   .
    5. success   A   in   on   life   .   more   impact   significant
    6. race   the   A   of   inequality   .   denial   of   scale
    7. government's   race   .   on   most   The   UK   senior   adviser
    8. timing   the   coincidental   .   was   said   but   He   resigned
    9. the   interviews   media   on   commission   Doing   race   today   .
    10. about   endless   The   structural   racism   .   whether   debate

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    A report on / in racism commissioned by the United Kingdom has drawn criticism from holders / upholders of racial equality. The Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities was establishment / established last summer in the wake of the killing / killed of George Floyd in the USA. That death sparked protests across the world and fuelled / energy the Black Lives Matter movement. The commission acknowledged that racism stays / remains a "real force" in the UK. However, it said the British system is no length / longer "deliberately rigged against ethnic minorities". It said people use racism as a "catch-all explanation" for not getting ahead / header in life. It added that geography, family, socio-economic background, culture and religion / religious have a more significant impact on / in success in life than race.

    Advocates of racial equality called the report, "a truly historic derail / denial of the scale of race inequality in Britain". The day the report was released, the UK government's most seniority / senior adviser on race resigned, although he said the timing / timed was coincidental. A leading UK politician and radio show host, David Lammy, was deepen / deeply critical of the report. He rescued / accused the government of "gaslighting" the British private / public. He tweeted: "For my own mental / mentally well-being I am not doing media interviews on / in the race commission today. Like so many in Britain's Black community, I'm tired of the endless / ending debate about whether structural racism exists with little desire to actually address / envelope it. We are being gaslighted."

    Talk about the connection between each pair of words in italics, and why the correct word is correct.

    Insert the vowels (a, e, i, o, u)

    _  r_p_rt  _n  r_c_sm  c_mm_ss__n_d  by  th_  _n_t_d  K_ngd_m  h_s  dr_wn  cr_t_c_sm  fr_m  _ph_ld_rs  _f  r_c__l  _q__l_ty.  Th_  C_mm_ss__n  _n  R_c_  _nd  _thn_c  D_sp_r_t__s  w_s  _st_bl_sh_d  l_st  s_mm_r  _n  th_  w_k_  _f  th_  k_ll_ng  _f  G__rg_  Fl_yd  _n  th_  _S_.  Th_t  d__th  sp_rk_d  pr_t_sts  _cr_ss  th_  w_rld  _nd  f__ll_d  th_  Bl_ck  L_v_s  M_tt_r  m_v_m_nt.  Th_  c_mm_ss__n  _ckn_wl_dg_d  th_t  r_c_sm  r_m__ns  _  "r__l  f_rc_"  _n  th_  _K.  H_w_v_r,  _t  s__d  th_  Br_t_sh  syst_m  _s  n_  l_ng_r  "d_l_b_r_t_ly  r_gg_d  _g__nst  _thn_c  m_n_r_t__s".  _t  s__d  p__pl_  _s_  r_c_sm  _s  _  "c_tch-_ll  _xpl_n_t__n"  f_r  n_t  g_tt_ng  _h__d  _n  l_f_.  _t  _dd_d  th_t  g__gr_phy,  f_m_ly,  s_c__-_c_n_m_c  b_ckgr__nd,  c_lt_r_  _nd  r_l_g__n  h_v_  _  m_r_  s_gn_f_c_nt  _mp_ct  _n  s_cc_ss  _n  l_f_  th_n  r_c_.

    _dv_c_t_s  _f  r_c__l  _q__l_ty  c_ll_d  th_  r_p_rt,  "_  tr_ly  h_st_r_c  d_n__l  _f  th_  sc_l_  _f  r_c_  _n_q__l_ty  _n  Br_t__n".  Th_  d_y  th_  r_p_rt  w_s  r_l__s_d,  th_  _K  g_v_rnm_nt's  m_st  s_n__r  _dv_s_r  _n  r_c_  r_s_gn_d,  _lth__gh  h_  s__d  th_  t_m_ng  w_s  c__nc_d_nt_l.  _  l__d_ng  _K  p_l_t_c__n  _nd  r_d__  sh_w,  h_st  D_v_d  L_mmy,  w_s  d__ply  cr_t_c_l  _f  th_  r_p_rt.  H_  _cc_s_d  th_  g_v_rnm_nt  _f  "g_sl_ght_ng"  th_  Br_t_sh  p_bl_c.  H_  tw__t_d:  "F_r  my  _wn  m_nt_l  w_ll-b__ng  _  _m  n_t  d__ng  m_d__  _nt_rv__ws  _n  th_  r_c_  c_mm_ss__n  t_d_y.  L_k_  s_  m_ny  _n  Br_t__n's  Bl_ck  c_mm_n_ty,  _'m  t_r_d  _f  th_  _ndl_ss  d_b_t_  _b__t  wh_th_r  str_ct_r_l  r_c_sm  _x_sts  w_th  l_ttl_  d_s_r_  t_  _ct__lly  _ddr_ss  _t.  W_  _r_  b__ng  g_sl_ght_d."

    Punctuate the text and add capitals

    a report on racism commissioned by the united kingdom has drawn criticism from upholders of racial equality the commission on race and ethnic disparities was established last summer in the wake of the killing of george floyd in the usa that death sparked protests across the world and fuelled the black lives matter movement the commission acknowledged that racism remains a real force in the uk however it said the british system is no longer deliberately rigged against ethnic minorities it said people use racism as a catchall explanation for not getting ahead in life it added that geography family socioeconomic background culture and religion have a more significant impact on success in life than race

    advocates of racial equality called the report a truly historic denial of the scale of race inequality in britain the day the report was released the uk governments most senior adviser on race resigned although he said the timing was coincidental a leading uk politician and radio show host david lammy was deeply critical of the report he accused the government of gaslighting the british public he tweeted for my own mental wellbeing i am not doing media interviews on the race commission today like so many in britains black community im tired of the endless debate about whether structural racism exists with little desire to actually address it we are being gaslighted

    Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

    AreportonracismcommissionedbytheUnitedKingdomhasdrawncritic
    ismfromupholdersofracialequality.TheCommissiononRaceandEthni
    cDisparitieswasestablishedlastsummerinthewakeofthekillingofGeor
    geFloydintheUSA.Thatdeathsparkedprotestsacrosstheworldandfuel
    ledtheBlackLivesMattermovement.Thecommissionacknowledgedth
    atracismremainsa"realforce"intheUK.However,itsaidtheBritishsyst
    emisnolonger"deliberatelyriggedagainstethnicminorities".Itsaidpeo
    pleuseracismasa"catch-allexplanation"fornotgettingaheadinlife.It
    addedthatgeography,family,socio-economicbackground,culturean
    dreligionhaveamoresignificantimpactonsuccessinlifethanrace.Advo
    catesofracialequalitycalledthereport,"atrulyhistoricdenialofthescale
    ofraceinequalityinBritain".Thedaythereportwasreleased,theUKgove
    rnment'smostsenioradviseronraceresigned,althoughhesaidthetimi
    ngwascoincidental.AleadingUKpoliticianandradioshowhost,DavidLa
    mmy,wasdeeplycriticalofthereport.Heaccusedthegovernmentof"ga
    slighting"theBritishpublic.Hetweeted:"Formyownmentalwell-bein
    gIamnotdoingmediainterviewsontheracecommissiontoday.Likesom
    anyinBritain'sBlackcommunity,I'mtiredoftheendlessdebateaboutw
    hetherstructuralracismexistswithlittledesiretoactuallyaddressit.We
    arebeinggaslighted."

    Free writing

    Write about racism for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    Racism will never end. Discuss.

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    Homework

    1. VOCABULARY EXTENSION: Choose several of the words from the text. Use a dictionary or Google's search field (or another search engine) to build up more associations / collocations of each word.
    2. INTERNET: Search the Internet and find out more about this news story. Share what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.
    3. RACISM: Make a poster about racism. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. PRISON: Write a magazine article about people who make racist comments having to go to prison. Include imaginary interviews with people who are for and against this.
    Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Write down any new words and expressions you hear from your partner(s).
    5. WHAT HAPPENED NEXT? Write a newspaper article about the next stage in this news story. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.
    6. LETTER: Write a letter to an expert on racism. Ask him/her three questions about it. Give him/her three of your opinions on it. Read your letter to your partner(s) in your next lesson. Your partner(s) will answer your questions.

    Answers

    (Please look at page 26 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

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