These Indiana schools made racial equity their mission. Now they face hostile legislation.
At Bethel Park Elementary in Indianapolis, a fourth- and fifth-grade book club pauses in a read-aloud to discuss this line in “The Hate U Give”:
Funny how it works with white kids though. It’s dope to be black until it’s hard to be black.
“Black people can’t really do stuff like white people can,” a student says.
Eight students sit around a table, almost all of them Black — a reflection of the older grades at the small elementary school. The student grows shy when the teacher asks him to elaborate. A classmate chimes in: “Black people don’t have as much privilege as white people sometimes.”
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