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Bear Witness, Take Action 2

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Galvanizing second special about racism pushes for action.

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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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