The ‘School Colors’ podcast is back, exploring why a Queens diversity plan failed

The ‘School Colors’ podcast is back, exploring why a Queens diversity plan failed

In the center of Queens, New York City’s famously diverse borough, a plan to integrate middle schools was tabled before it really began.

The podcast “School Colors” is back with a second season that delves into how the plan derailed in District 28, which is divided into the ethnically mixed but largely white and affluent neighborhoods of Forest Hills and Rego Park to the north, and the more racially diverse and working-class communities of Richmond Hill and Jamaica to the south.

Creators Mark Winston Griffith and Max Freedman spent the first season of School Colors tracing the history of race and the struggle for power over schools in District 16, a gentrifying corner of Brooklyn that includes the historically Black neighborhood of Bedford-Stuyvesant. 

Once again, the pair dive deep into District 28’s past to help explain its current challenges. They explore who gets included in conversations about race, and reflect on how their own lives have been shaped by these forces.

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