Decontextualized and Problematic Appropriations

In Seeing White, we explore problematic, decontextualized appropriations of cultural elements of Native Americans. Media Smarts, Canada’s Centre for Digital and Media Literacy, developed lesson plans to challenge students to think critically about blackface and other examples of whites portraying people of color in the media.

These materials were developed for use with ninth through twelfth graders in high school, but could be adapted for other classroom needs.