Deconstructing Race Press/Media

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"I recently saw Calhoun's film - I'm not Racist...Am I? In my opinion, the best film I've ever seen on the topic of racism."
— Pearl Rock Kane, Klingenstein Chair, Professor of Education, Director, The Klingenstein Center for Independent School Leadership.

"A powerful and timely event with one of the most diverse group of Googlers together in one room talking about racial issues and solutions,"
— Marjai Roberts, Talks at Google Coordinator & BGN Speaker Events Co-Lead, in response to the viewing of the film, I'm Not Racist, Am I?, followed by workshop.

“...storytelling through personal testimony seems to us to be the most important way to educate students about this issue, an issue that touches every adolescent in this country... but it's one they rarely get to hear discussed, in an interesting forum, by kids themselves.”
— Joel Coen, filmmaker/screenwriter/producer and Fran McDormand, actor

"I'm not Racist...Am I? is a deeply engaging and powerfully thought provoking documentary that redefines what we thought we knew about racism. After witnessing the courage and vulnerability of 12 teenage students, viewers are compelled to engage in the often uncomfortable yet purposeful, necessary and meaningful discussions about race and the impact systemic racism has on our society. It's a must-see for high school students as well as educators and parents of all ages."
— Diversity Director, Marlo McNeil, Roland Park Country School in Baltimore, MD

"Jack and Jill of America, Inc. is extremely proud to partner with the Deconstructing Race Project in collaboration with The Calhoun School. For more than 75 years, Jack and Jill of America has been committed to strengthening African-American children and families by providing tools and resources, necessary for a young persons' successful development. The Deconstructing Race Project aligns with our continued mission to address issues related to children's rights, leadership development and cultural awareness. The complexities of race and race relations are ever present in today's society. As parents, this project is critically important because it addresses the issue of institutionalized racism in our world through a compelling and innovative approach to effectively reach students, as well as teachers, parents, and policymakers. As a result, we hope young people can learn more about themselves and their own racial awareness and beliefs while working to help others. Jack and Jill will continue to forge and cultivate strategic partnerships like the Deconstructing Race Project. Such collaborations help our children, and others, create a truly inclusive and just society for all."
— Tamara Turnley Robinson, National President, Jack and Jill of America, Inc.

"While most efforts to address racism focus on how race reinforces or interrupts our interpersonal relationships...your documentary will enable both white youth and youth of color to understand the history and manifestations of racism that impacts them all, regardless of their good intentions or their personal experiences. Your work with middle and high school students of color and white students will allow them to speak honestly because they will have the framework within which to describe their experiences."
— David Billings & Margery Freeman, The People's Institute/founders of the Undoing Racism initiative

"...a heuristic film that speaks directly to this audience can play an important role in illuminating some under-theorized tensions... The last few decades have witnessed continued segregation of many of our public schools - and so the leadership may well come from those schools in which there is a consistently maintained greater balance...
— Troy Duster, author and professor of sociology, NYU

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David Alpert
DR Project Director

Beth Krieger
Director of Communications/PR

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