" I have a white friend! " is a satirical project co-scripted by eight artists from various cultures: Atikamekw, Anishnabe, Haitian, Tunisian, Congolese, Cameroonian and Quebecer.
Satire to make you think
The story is told through five video clips of approximately 90 seconds. Satire, a way of criticizing with the intention of provoking, causing to think and to make laugh, is present here in the perspective where the roles are reversed.
Indeed, the objective of this project is to reverse the codes and plunge the majority white group into a situation where it is their turn to be analyzed and labeled.
Although whites make up only about 15% of the world's population, they nonetheless enjoy an economic, political and cultural influence over the rest of the world that is similar to that of a majority, hence the use of the term "White majority". Initially, there was this observation applicable to any company: the majority group has the privilege of defining “others”. It is he who sticks labels and groups these "others" by homogeneous category: ethnic minorities, gays, Amerindians, the poor, and so on.monamiblanc.org
The creation process was also a pretext to generate intercultural exchange. People of different origins were paired up to think about stereotypes in society and how to defeat them. A school component has enabled students from a multicultural school in Montreal to be paired with students from Soulanges high school located in a rural area.
25 measures against racism in Quebec
In the same vein, the government of Quebec announced on December 14, 2020 25 measures to fight racism. Among them, that of prohibiting random arrests by the police.
“These measures against racism against ethnocultural communities and Aboriginals are concrete, immediate and measurable actions rather than wishful thinking and declarations of intent. The Legault government is giving itself two years to implement them. "La Presse, December 14, 2020
You can consult this article from La Presse to get a better idea of these actions and to get an opinion. Do you think this is enough to demystify the root causes of racism and discrimination?
Two satirical quizzes are available on the monamiblanc.org site. Play the game and try the beginner's quiz " Do you think you are impervious to prejudices? "And the one for advanced" How do you keep your friend white? ". Laughter and reflection guaranteed!
Disciplines and levels targeted
-Ethics and religious culture (secondary cycle 2)
- Themes to be exploited: tolerance and justice
Targeted dimensions of digital competence
- Harnessing the potential of digital technology for learning
- Developing and mobilizing information literacy
- Producing content with digital
- Communicate with digital
Suggested digital tools
Educational intention of the guide
At the end of these activities, the students will have reflected on the stereotypes present in society and on the ways to break them.
Objectives of the activities
- Reflect on the different prejudices that are present in our society.
- Know the specialized lexicon related to racism and discrimination.
- Use satire to create a video that promotes certain biases or stereotypes.
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