SEASON 1: HEARTS & MINDS

 

Writing for a unanimous Supreme Court in the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education opinion, Chief Justice Earl Warren claimed that segregation “generates a feeling of inferiority” among black students “that may affect their hearts and minds in a way unlikely ever to be undone.”

As a white teacher in 100% non-white New York City schools, I think about these words often. How does segregation affect students’ hearts and minds?

Recently, I started going into high schools across the city and asking them.

Their testimony – raw, honest, revealing – forms the basis of the first season and adds missing perspectives to the growing conversation about school segregation. 

– Taylor McGraw, editor of The Bell