There’s a resurgence of hate crimes in the world. This multi-media workshop takes a deep dive into historical wrongs and contemporary hatred. We’ll analyze the similarities between various marginalized groups (Jews, Indigenous, Muslims, Lgbtq+) throughout history to find patterns. Governments and organizations can use propaganda to gain public favour and unity with the intention of oppressing one particular group. We’ll evaluate the inferences made through particular news channels, and how the public sacrificed their own ethical judgment to follow and spread their hate filled mandates. Using a free, online award-winning resource Voices into Action along with other sources, we’ll place a critical lens on hate incidents and tragic events throughout history. The goal, of course, is for students to recognize patterns in the future, so that they won’t follow the herd, but will question the veracity of the content and the agenda of the sources. The material aligns with the BC Curriculum (Genocide Studies 12, Polisci 12, Indigenous Studies 12, and Socials 8-11).
Secondary school and middle school humanities educators, administrators, and social justice enthusiasts.
Jodi Derkson, MEd., is the BC Regional Director of Educational Programs for the award-winning non-profit FAST. She is skilled at sensitively yet effectively opening dialogue on topics of oppression and historical/contemporary hatred with teachers and students. Jodi's facilitation skills come from her theatre background, as well as her fifteen plus years of experience as an educator. Empowering youth to rise up and express their thoughts about issues of social justice is Jodi's mission. Her passion for supporting educators' efforts to increase human rights knowledge is obvious when you attend one of her dynamic presentations.