A major obstacle to solidarity between workers has been and remains racial discrimination. Racism is so deeply embedded in our society that many students experience it as part of human nature. It’s a Mystery probes some of the social factors that contributed to racism in the 1920s.
One focus of this lesson is to explore why unions participated in racist practices. Unions are not only vehicles through which workers attempt to better themselves and their society, they can also embody elements of the society that their members have a stake in changing.
This is one of the 16 lessons available from The Power In Our Hands from Rethinking Schools.