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Why are so many people protesting about racism?

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Why are so many people protesting about racism?

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6-10 years

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It is important to equip children with the language to discuss the current events and  social movements around them. This topic seeks to address common questions children might have about the current ongoing #BlackLivesMatter protests in response to the death of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Michael Brown Jr., and other Black Americans.

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Your children might have been hearing about huge demonstrations in cities across the country and around the world. The protests are in response to the death of George Floyd, a Black man killed by a white police officer in Minneapolis, Minnesota. “Black Lives Matter” is both a rallying cry at the protests and a human rights organization that demands an end to violence against Black people in America. It began in 2013 when three Black activists, Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors, and Opal Tometi, used the hashtag after Trayvon Martin’s killer went unpunished. It became a mass protest movement in 2014 when Michael Brown was killed in Ferguson, Missouri. It has continued to fight against structural racism and its effects in our society.

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In this episode of ‘The Mysteries of Life’, Nat and Noby respond to Amir’s question: “why are so many people protesting about racism? I thought we fixed all that stuff a long time ago.” Use this movie to teach your children about the mass protests that have been happening in cities around the world.

After watching the video, consider the following questions to start conversation:

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