he Invention of Race traces the development of racial and racist ideas from the ancient world – when there was no notion of race – up to the founding of the United States as, fundamentally, a nation of and for white people.
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For those registered for the Undoing Racism training this spring, this live stream provides an important and useful foundation.
The Wallach Art Gallery in Columbia University hosted an exhibit of modernist paintings with a specific look at the role of the black female models. This comprehensive exhibit is one more example of ways in which art can disrupt racism by looking and it in honest and meaningful ways.
For more information on the exhibit that will be traveling to Paris, click here.
Thank you to our student assistant counselor, Sue Gold, for share this important resource.
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Students in North’s Gay-Straight Alliance continue to notice the all too common signs of homophobia plaguing our society and our school. As human rights advocates, they have decided to take a stand once again at North. The GSA will provide each staff member who asks with a rainbow sticker that reads, “With liberty and justice for all” or a sticker that reads “Safe Space.” These stickers are symbolic reminders of our staff’s commitment to :
- create a safe school community by stopping biased comments when they happen
- recognize that harassment can be physical, verbal or implied
- make himself or herself available to students as a non-judgmental, safe source of support and listening
- report incidences of harassment to administration
- treat harassment about sexual orientation the same as if it were about race
John Oliver Looks at Racism and School Segregation on Last Week Tonight
On Last Week Tonight, John Oliver turned his gimlet eye on racism, or as he called it, “the problem that Crash failed to solve.” Instead of tackling the topic of racism at large, Oliver looked at the specific issue of modern-day school segregation. While the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was supposed to do away with institutionally mandated segregation, schools across the nation have continued to be segregated due to discriminatory housing policies and economics that helped create segregated school districts. As Oliver noted, “Even as our society has grown more diverse, nearly 7,000 schools have the same racial makeup as the audience at your average Tyler Perry movie.”
Perhaps surprisingly, according to Oliver’s research, the South is the leastsegregated region of the U.S. for black students, while New York City is almost the worst. Oliver was not surprised by the findings, though: “Of course racism exists in New York. Have you never seen West Side Story?”
Predominantly black schools tend to be in high-poverty areas, staffed by inexperienced teachers and less likely to offer college-prep courses, all of which can have a long-term deleterious impact on the psyches and lives of children. “Classrooms should teach children the importance of self-esteem, not rip it from them — that is what prom is for,” said Oliver.