B-CC Students Use Truth Telling To Spark Dialogue About Race in Predominantly White Schools

“It is a peculiar sensation, this double-consciousness, this sense of always looking at one’s self through the eyes of others, of measuring one’s soul by the tape of a world that looks on in amused contempt and pity.”

—-W.E.B. Du Bois

Inspired by the I, Too, Am Harvard campaign, in this video, students from Bethesda Chevy Chase High School in Maryland share their experiences as students of color in a predominantly white educational environment.

Video Description:

“While Bethesda Chevy Chase High School is a very open minded community, we often ignore the struggles African Americans and Hispanics are faced with as the minority. This social campaign, inspired by I, too, am Harvard, attempts to give voice to those who suffer from ill perceptions. The purpose of this campaign is to expose the harm of racial stereotypes in high school as well as bring awareness to the achievement gap.”

This follow-up video contains a news story explaining more about the social action these students have taken.

“If we’re striving for wholeness, justice, equity, It can only be gained on the basis of truth, the whole story.”

“How often do we choose not to know, & actively find ways to quiet the voices of those who are trying to tell us?”–Naomi Tutu

“The first step to any problem is simply acknowledging that it exists, and that’s what this video is; acknowledging there’s a problem at B-CC. “—Madkes Hailu


From Aspiring Humanitarian, Relando Thompkins, MSW, LLMSW



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I'm a Social Justice Educator and Aspiring Humanitarian who is interested in conflict resolution, improving intergroup relations, and building more equitable and inclusive communities. "Notes from an Aspiring Humanitarian" is my blog, where I write about issues of diversity, inclusion, equity, and social justice. By exploring social identities through written word, film & video, and other forms of media, I hope to continue to expand and enrich conversations about social issues that face our society, and to find ways to take social action while encouraging others to do so as well in their own ways.

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