A recent conversation that Dorie Conlon Perugini started on Twitter about CI being inherently equitable reminded me of something I noted at the end of the year. All of my MovieTalks feature white characters or animals. ALL OF THEM. While I really pay attention to many of the visuals that I present in class, the characters that I choose etc, this part had slipped by me for many years.
I realized that this was a HUGE problem. Today, I started off to fix that. I started with the MovieTalk database to find all of the clips that I could that focus on diverse characters (and not just as a sidekick or best friend.) And that is when I realized that of the WHOLE MovieTalk database (over 250 clips!) only 3-4 featured diverse characters. I am sure if you have been delving into this more than I have- you are not surprised. But I was frankly shocked.
Then, I started searching on YouTube for other clips that featured diverse characters. It isn’t pretty. I had a really hard time finding some more. In total (but just for my search today!) I have found seven. That is it. I will continue my search and add to the database throughout the summer, so I am ready to go in the fall. My hope is that we can collaborate together to find more resources. Because we all know what happens when we try to find clips or resources for class. It can become overwhelming and sometimes we stop at the most convenient place. That will most likely lead us to an older clip that only features animals. My hope is that this database can be a starting place to search for more clips.