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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.
Violence & Scariness
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.
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Artistic performances occasionally include partially uttered curses.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Conversations about the COVID-19 vaccine are had.
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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.
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.
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