THE LEGACY OF HOPE L:O= To understand the dangers and consequences of stereotyping
Get the class to move around and form groups under the following categories Those that wear glasses Those that have brown eyes Those that have an allergy Those that are part of a sports group Those that have been abroad Those that live in Welling
STEREOTYPING Definition: A stereotype is "...a fixed, over generalised belief about a particular group or class of people.” (Cardwell, 1996). In other words stereotyping is believing that people of a certain group, race or religion all have the same characteristics when they don't.
People stereotype the English: "Gardening, warm beer, stiff upper lip, double-decker buses, Morris dancing " "Saying the words 'splendid' and 'terribly' and old fashioned words/phrases like 'cheerio', 'spiffing' etc, '‘ "The English eat a big breakfast in the morning with bacon, eggs, baked beans…” "England is a land of beer, football and bad weather."
Think of three groups in society that have been stereotyped.
What is stereotyping wrong? We do not see the difference in people and class them the same. We may think things about people that are not true. It creates a them vs us image. It leads to prejudice and discrimination. It can dehumanise people and make them feel lower than others.
What can stereotyping lead to? 1. Huge rise in number of racist attacks By Nigel Morris, Home Affairs Correspondent Record numbers of racist incidents – from verbal abuse to stabbings – are being reported to police, fuelling fears that levels ofIslamophobiaare rising. More than 61,000 complaints of racially motivated crime were made in 2006-07, a rise of 28 per cent in just five years, with increases reported by most police forces in England and Wales. Officers classified 42,551 of the complaints as racially or religiously aggravated offences. Nearly two thirds were offences of harassment, 13 per cent wounding, 12 per cent criminal damage and 10 per cent assault.
6. Laws that discriminate Law for the Protection of German Blood and German Honour (15th September, 1935) Marriages between Jews and subjects of German or kindred blood are forbidden. Marriages nevertheless concluded are invalid, even if concluded abroad to circumvent this law. Extramarital intercourse between Jews and subjects of German or kindred blood is forbidden. Jews must not employ in their households female subjects of German or kindred blood who are under forty-five years old. (1) Jews are forbidden to fly the Reich and national flag and to display the Reich colours. (2) They are, on the other hand, allowed to display the Jewish colours. The exercise of this right enjoys the protection of the state
Findings Photographs 1in fact show ReinhardHeydrich in uniform and with his family. He was responsible for carrying out the extermination of the Jews. Photograph 2 shows Kurt Gerstein who joined the Nazi Party to find out what they were doing and to pass on the information to the Allies. Photograph 3 is not a Jewish child. It is a gypsy child who was also murdered by the Nazis.
Websites www.holocaustmemorialday.gov.uk – the Holocuast Memorial Day site www.yad-vashem.org.il – Israel’s Holocaust museum www.ushmm.org – US Holocaust museum www.bethshalom.com – a collection of Holocaust related sites www.iwm.org.uk – Britain’s largest Holocaust exhibition www.jewishmuseum.org.uk – specialist Holocaust resources www.groups.msn.com/TheHansJacksonGallery – collection of all Hans Jackson’s work www.wienerlibrary.co.uk - a collection of Kindertransport archives www.wjr.org.uk – World Jewish Relief which organised the Kindertransport www.ajr.org.uk – The Association of Jewish Refugees and members of the Kindertransport