033 – Orange Exercise

  1. Sit in a semi-circle around a flipchart and brainstorm the question, ‘What is an orange like?’ For example, round, orange, etc. Make note of the suggestions.
  2. Divide into smaller groups and pick an orange. Each group has ten minutes to create a story about their orange. 
  3. After ten minutes, share your stories with the rest of the group. 
  4. Put the oranges back into a pile and mix them up. One member from each group is asked to retrieve their orange. It usually happens that each group will have no problem identifying their own oranges, as the oranges are no longer generic specimens but individuals with characteristics. 
  5. Discuss what made each of their oranges unique. For example individual markings, names, personalities, stories, histories, etc. 
  6. Consider what you learnt from this activity in terms of how we view other human beings (for example do we tend to categorise rather than take on more meaningful ways in which we can know an individual). Introduce the two definitions Stereotyping and Prejudice. 


Notes: This exercise can be done using other fruits, such as potatoes, mandarins or lemons. 

You can use this exercise to launch a discussion about the first two Stages of the 10 Stages of Genocide: Classification and Symbolisation. Adjectives and qualifications open the door to reflecting on the process of description, Classification and Symbolization that might lead to Discrimination.

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