Bias Busting – Additional Resources

Some additional ideas/ resources that NICIE staff and participants on previous Bias Busting workshops have come across that might be of interest/spark debate:

Sectarianism/entrenched views on NI and classism (in the people watching, perhaps?):

Channel 4 news items: Each clip is about 5 or 6 mins and explores the views of young people from loyalist and republican backgrounds. Think about your own reactions to the views and how they are presented.

Corrymeela – Upstanding videos and resources: UP Standing– Stories of courage from Northern Ireland is a film featuring ten diverse stories of people who stood up to violence, discrimination or prejudice in Northern Ireland. It provides a window into often untold stories of courage that individuals have shown in the context of a divided and often violent society. The film is accompanied by a storybook featuring transcriptions of the ten stories plus six additional unfilmed stories and an Educators’ guide to support classroom use.


A short video about Rachel and AJ, best friends who grew up on either side of the peace wall in Belfast and met through basketball. Could be used to talk about how sport here is divided along sectarian lines.


BBC iplayer – Freddie Flintoff documentary where he talks about bulimia – frequent references to the bias he encountered about it being a ‘female’ illness.

Lego to remove gender bias from its toys – Guardian article that refers to research about play. ‘Seventy-one per cent of boys surveyed feared they would be made fun of if they played with what they described as ‘girls’ toys’ and this was a fear shared by their parents. Girls were five times more likely to be encouraged in dressing up activities than boys and three times more likely to be encouraged in baking.

This image was shared by the UK government and then withdrawn.  Hastily put together!


Equality… it’s ok in theory!


Read about Critical Race Theory:

‘Critical race theory (CRT) originated as a field of legal study in the 1970s spearheaded by Derrick Bell, Harvard University’s first permanently-appointed black law professor, to address what he saw as shortcomings in understanding how discrimination and inequity are perpetuated in the law. These inequities shape outcomes in society, the economy, culture and politics, he argued. …

For supporters, it’s an important framework for understanding the way systemic racism can perpetuate discrimination and disadvantage. For opponents, it’s a subversive plan to indoctrinate young Americans to reject their country and its history.’

In relation to: Black Lives Matter vs All Lives Matter

General – dealing with difference, how we respond!