Monday, January 16, 2023

Structural Racism Explained: Honoring the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King [Video]

Happy MLK Day, everybody! 

In honor of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, here is a short, instructional video from the Othering and Belonging Institute at UC Berkeley on structural racism. 

We must collectively build a world where we all share in a sense of belonging, a world where there is no "other," or anyone who is "less than." More immediately, an ounce of knowledge can be a pound of cure. 


-Angela Valenzuela

The “Structural Racism Explained” video draws upon many varied sources in formulating specific definitions for different types of racism. The video and prompts provided in this video and teaching guide (download here: are designed primarily for teachers to help students clarify and sharpen their understanding of the material, spur and support classroom discussion of the video and ideas, and provide ideas and leads for further research. But the materials are also useful for people who work in diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) spaces and local governments. Teachers should feel encouraged to prod students to read and engage with source materials. The video and prompts provided here are designed and developed primarily for high school students, but can also be used by upper-level middle school systems or undergraduate university students, with tailoring. If you have any questions or suggestions concerning these materials, please get in touch at The video script and teaching guide were developed by Stephen Menendian.

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