Download PDF: Moses Brown email to parents about affinity groups during the school day
On Oct. 5, 2020, Moses Brown School Assistant Head of Upper School Beth Lantz sent an email about “our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) work,” beginning with an “introduction to social identities,” introducing the “concept of intersectionality” with Kimberlé Crenshaw’s TED Talk.
The message, according to students and parents, is that “all white people are racist.” When an art teacher asked students to design a “symbol of peace,” the example shown was a Black Lives Matter banner.
One parent reports that the “disinformation on the recent police shootings is stunning.”
On March 12, 2021, all upper school parents received an email to explain how and why their children were being segregated by race for activities that took place during the school day. The email explained that “the work connects to Moses Brown’s aspirations and commitment to becoming an antiracist school” and that the affinity spaces used framing that is appropriate for the BIPOC or White-identifying experience.”