Bear Witness, Take Action 2

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Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Galvanizing second special about racism pushes for action.

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Positive Messages

Themes include systemic racism, White privilege, and being proactive in order to achieve racial equality. It also addresses LGBTQ+ presence in the movement, intersectionality, misogyny, mental health, and other issues that play a part of the BLM movement. 

Positive Role Models

Black activists, artists, performers, legal experts, athletes, and others offer insight into what has been happening since June 2020, and what needs to happen now. Some of the featured guests are White or Asian. Some also self-identify as members of the LGBTQ+ community. 


Features news footage that discusses the death of Black Americans at the hands of law enforcement. Protests that turn violent, including scenes of the U.S. National Guard attacking peaceful protestors in Washington, D.C, an image of a burning cross in a music video, Nazi and White Power symbols in artistic performances, etc. are shown. 


Artistic performances occasionally include partially uttered curses. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Conversations about the COVID-19 vaccine are had. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Bear Witness,Take Action 2, a second YouTube event designed to discuss racial justice, features lots of conversations with activists, journalists, athletes, artists, and other experts about systemic racism and White privilege. Most of the messages are offered in the context of how to take the ideas behind the Black Lives Matter movement and turn it into actions that will lead to significant, positive changes. It also features a range of artistic performances, as well as news and other archival footage about the deaths of Black individuals including Breonna Taylor and George Floyd, images of violent protests, and other race-related moments since June 2020. 

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What's the story?

BEAR WITNESS, TAKE ACTION 2 -- CONTINUING THE CONVERSATION ON RACIAL JUSTICE continues the on-going discussion about systemic racism in the United States. Hosted by Common and Keke Palmer, the roughly 2 1/2 hour YouTube event features activists and artists sharing their thoughts about where the Black Lives Matter movement currently stands, and exploring strategies designed to elevate the ideas behind it and turn them into actionable changes. They also remind viewers that everyone has a part to play in the cause. News footage and other archival media presents some key race-related events that have taken place since the first Bear Witness streaming event in June 2020, including protests, presidential debate moments, and the failure to indict the police officers responsible for the death of Breonna Taylor. Performances by poets, musicians, and others are featured throughout. The memories of Taylor, George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and many others who have died as a result of racial injustice, including those who we do not know about, are also honored.

Is it any good?

This insightful series serves as a follow-up conversation about the efforts to end systematic racism and promote a more equitable world. Activists like Harry Edwards, journalists like Soledad O’Brien, authors like Deepak Chopra, and a wide range of athletes, performers, bloggers, digital content creators, and legal experts share their thoughts about what has resulted from the Black Lives Matter movement in the U.S. since June 2020. They also discuss ways to keep the movement going after the 2020 U.S. Presidential election and during the COVID-19 pandemic. Issues like intersectionality (such as being Black and a member of the LGBTQ+ community), and how they're being addressed within the movement, are also addressed. 

Perhaps the most important lesson that Bear Witness,Take Action 2 offers is that changes to a racist system takes time, and requires long-term, sustainable action by global citizens committed to ensuring that it takes place. It warns viewers about how easily an empowering movement can fizzle and become a mere moment in history if people aren't willing to put in the hard work to keep it going, especially after the initial energy behind the cause begins to dwindle. Overall, it’s a call to rise above the initial reactions to racial injustice, and to focus on taking the long term, proactive steps necessary to eradicate it and save Black lives. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about systemic racism. What do the featured speakers in Bear Witness,Take Action 2 say needs to happen in order to eliminate it in the United States? What are some things that we can do on a personal level to help enact this change?

  • Talking about racial injustice and how it relates to violence can be difficult, but why is it important? How can media events like Bear Witness,Take Action and tapping into other media resources help parents talk to their kids about these issues?

  • What other TV shows or movies have you watched that tackle topics around racism? What kind of impact did they have on you? What kind of things do you learn or take away from this kind of programming?

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