08-18-2017 07:11 AM - edited 09-04-2017 10:35 AM
In response to the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville on August 12, 2017, movie star Arnnold Schwarzenegger recorded the video below. It's worth showing the video to your class.
What kind of action will be effective in changing the attitudes of white supremicists?
Social psychologists would most likely suggest that the best way to respond to the rally would be to:
The most powerful part of Schwarzenegger's message? That it was Schwarzenegger who gave it.
Many people like him and watching the video might induce some level of Cognitive Dissonance among those who support hate groups. There are probably a lot of Nazi marchers who like and respect Schwarzenegger. Seeing him make these remarks will probably give them a moment to reflect. Let's hope so.