The BFS Office of Equity and Inclusion invites all parents and students in grades 8-12 to a film screening and discussion of I’m Not Racist …Am I ? on Tues. Nov. 14, 6pm at the Upper School, 116 Lawrence Street.
This documentary film, which was the topic of the BFS faculty/staff professional development day in October, follows the lives of 12 New York teenagers for a year. Through tough conversations and group work, they learn about race, identity, privilege, and how they view the world. The film will be followed by a discussion led by the producer and filmmaker, André Robert Lee.
“The content of the film and the timing of the screening couldn’t come at a better time,” said Orinthia Swindell, BFS Director of Equity and Inclusion in announcing the event. “So many of us continue to have questions about worldly events such as the killings of black and brown bodies by police, the events in Charlottesville this past summer, NFL players taking a knee during the national anthem, as well as immediate and locally, how race functions and plays out in the school setting.”
I’m Not Racist …Am I ? is part of a larger initiative, known as Deconstructing Race, which was developed by Calhoun School (NYC) to create a multimedia platform to get young people, their teachers, and their families talking and doing something about structural systemic racism.