Black Lives Matter: Discussion Guides

In June 2020, we hosted an internal Black Lives Matter discussion group at Hive Learning as a way for us talk to our colleagues about racism, antiracism and the Black Lives Matter movement in the wake of George Floyd’s murder.

The discussions were designed to be a primer on systemic racism, the legacy of slavery, the Black Lives Matter movement today and practically how you can be antiracist. We’re sharing these resources in the hope that others can encourage discussion and understanding in their businesses, too.

Our focus was primarily on the US given that’s the center of gravity for the Black Lives Matter movement. Before the sessions, we shared a key resource and during the sessions, we delved into sensitive and thought-provoking questions about what we’d watched, read or listened to.

The aim was to come out of it with a deeper understanding of racism (past legacy and present-day) and be able to talk more confidently about it. After the six-week period, most participants said that they felt more confident talking about the Black Lives Matter movement and all participants said they learned something new.

If you find these helpful or have any thoughts to share with us, we’d love to hear from you — get in touch with us here.

#1: Beverly Daniel-Tatum on passive racism vs active racism

This discussion guide covers author, psychologist and educator Beverly Daniel-Tatum's definition of active racism vs passive racism.

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#2: 13TH (film) on racism in the criminal justice system

This discussion guide covers Ava DuVernay's film, 13TH, which explores racism in the criminal justice system with a particular focus on mass incarceration.

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#3: Dr Brené Brown and Dr Ibram X. Kendi on how to be antiracist

This discussion guide covers Dr Ibram X. Kendi's interview on How to be an antiracist with Dr Brené Brown's podcast, Unlocking Us.

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#4: Isabel Wilkerson on America’s enduring caste system

This discussion guide covers Isabel Wilkerson's The New York Times Magazine article on the link between racism and casteism in America.

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#5: Arts, Culture & Justice

This discussion guide covers the role of art and cultural expression in helping us understand, highlight and challenge injustice.

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#6: Reparations

This discussion guide covers Nikole Hannah-Jones' The New York Times Magazine article on the call for reparations for slavery in the US.

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