One Fifty-Five Minute Class Period
The learners will:
Have two volunteers act out a situation where one person drops his/her pencil and the other person considers picking up the pencil but then does nothing. Discuss as a class:
- how the person who did nothing might justify doing nothing, such as, how he/she might see himself/herself and how he/she might see the person who dropped the pencil.
- how the person who dropped the pencil might react to the other person.
- how feelings between the two might have been different if the second person picked up the pencil.
- Present and discuss Self-Deception (Attachment One), given either with transparencies or as a handout for students.
There are helpful news articles for further reading on the causes and effects of racism in the 21st century. Go to http://www.detnews.com. Go to Metro, then Special Reports. Check the ďSpecial Reports IndexĒ for Monday, June 16, 2003.
Arbinger Institute. Leadership and Self-Deception: Getting Out of the Box. The Arbinger Institute (Editor). San Francisco: Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2000. ISBN: 1576750949
Lesson Developed By:Rachael Sanowski
Self-Betrayal: An act contrary to what I feel I should do for another
Example of Self-Betrayal
When I betray myself, I begin to see the world in a way that justifies my self-betrayal. My view of reality becomes distorted.
When I betray myself, I enter the box.
In the box, I am seeing people as objects. I am actively resisting what the humanity of others calls me to do for them.
By being in the box, I provoke others
to be in the box.
In the box, we invite mutual mistreatment and, in this way, give each other reasons to stay in the box.
What does not work inside the box:
- Trying to change others
- Doing my best to ďcopeĒ with others
- Leaving (segregation, isolation)
- Implementing new skills or techniques
The way out of the box:
Living Out of the Box
Directions: Using the situation given below, fill out the diagram. Then decide how self-betrayal changed the way the bus driver saw himself and how he saw the black passengers.
Setting: Montgomery, Alabama 1955 Scene: A bus driver is asked by an officer to move the color board further back. The bus driver feels that he should refuse this request, since that would mean that black passengers would have to stand unnecessarily. However, the bus driver betrays this feeling and does what the officer asks him to do.
|Discrimination:||Treatment or consideration based on class or category rather than individual merit|
|Prejudice:||A negative opinion formed beforehand or without knowledge, or examination of the facts.|
|Racism:||Discrimination or prejudice based on race.|
|Directions:||Write a paragraph explaining how “being in the box” applies to racism. Use the definitions above and the questions below to guide your response.
Possible Score: 30 pts.
|Format:||One paragraph typed
Double-spaced, 12 pt. Font
Correct spelling and proper use of mechanics
|Content:||Depth of thought
Understanding of concepts (racism, the box)
Representation of both sides, both “boxes”
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