In January 2012 the W. K. Kellogg Foundation awarded The Calhoun School an initial grant of $250,000 for Deconstructing Race, a three-part youth-based project on issues of white privilege and institutionalized racism. The initial proposal was for a documentary film, curriculum and website. The Bertha Foundation, the Gilder Foundation and the Asian Women Giving Circle have since come on board with grants towards the project, and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation has also added to its original grant.
About the Deconstructing Race Project
Deconstructing Race is a youth-based project designed to transform the conversation about race, racism and white privilege in this country;expose the myth of color-blindness in a society that, for many, espouses a post-racial myth; fundamentally alter the dialogue surrounding white privilege and structural and systemic racism for K-12th grade students, their parents and teachers.
"Young people of all colors have a critical role to play in challenging older generations to break the cycle of discrimination and exclusion if things are ever going to change," says Head of School Steve Nelson. "Racism is not exclusive to vulnerable children nor to those with privilege; it affects every child and family. The conversation must take place in every school and every home in order for change to begin."
James Baldwin said, "Not everything that is faced can be changed; but nothing can be changed until it is faced."
Feature Documentary: I'm Not Racist...Am I?
I'm Not Racist...Am I? is a feature documentary about how this next generation is going to confront racism. We asked 12 teenagers from New York City to come together for one school year to talk about race and privilege in a series of workshops and in conversations with friends and family members. Produced by Point Made Films in collaboration with The Calhoun School, the film was completed in the summer of 2014 and has since been screened at film festivals and museums as well as for students, parents, educators, corporations and government leaders across the country. (See the list of past and upcoming screenings)
Accompanying short videos include:
- I Wish I Were Black: Cultural appropriation
- Asians Kids Don't Count: Conversations about race from the Asian perspective