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Histories of Racism and Globalization: The WHORM and HOG games

World History of Racism in Minutes (WHORM) is a simulation activity that takes participants through a series of interacting tableaux to portray the historical origins of racism. It helps participants understand how racist ideas are connected to present and past inequalities, power relationships and conflicts. WHORM requires a minimum of 35 participants, and a large clear space such as a gymnasium. It can be played as a half day activity with debriefing, or broken up and played over a series of days to give participants more time for reflection. This is not an introductory activity. Participants should have already explored the impact of racism on their lives and come to the point that they are asking “where did this all come from?”

WHORM was developed in 1986 by Tim McCaskell of the Equity Department of the old Toronto Board of Education (now in the Toronto District School Board). Originally designed for secondary students at the Toronto Board of Education’s anti-racist student training programs, it has since been used hundreds of times with secondary students, teachers, university courses and adult learners, and has been adapted for use at the senior elementary level.

For further information and documentation, see the Equitable Schools website at the Toronto District School Board (www.tdsb.on.ca/equity).

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History of Globalization (HOG) is a simulation activity that takes participants through a series of interacting tableaux to explore the development of a global economy and its impact on working people around the world. HOG requires a minimum of 50 participants and a large clear space such as a gymnasium. It can be played as a full day activity with debriefings, or broken up and played over a series of days to give participants more time for reflection.

HOG was developed with the Labour Education Centre in Toronto and launched in 2008 for use with union activists. It is appropriate for senior secondary school students interested in history and economics.

For further information, see the Labour Education Centre website (http://www.laboureducation.org/)


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