Deconstructing Race

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.

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
  • Asian Kids Don't Count: Conversations about race from the Asian perspective

For More Information

David Alpert
DR Project Director