Greece schools hold community conversation on use of the n-word |

Greece schools hold community conversation on use of the n-word

Updated: February 03, 2020 11:15 PM
Created: February 03, 2020 10:57 PM

GREECE, N.Y. (WHEC) — The Greece Central School District hosted its first discussion in a series of community conversations on equity.

Monday night's topic was "The N-Word: Origins, Ownership and the Impact of Language."

The discussion centered on the importance of language and how the words we choose influence others.     

Greece invited Sean Eversley Bradwell, Ph.D. from Ithaca College to facilitate the discussion.

"I think as a community we've really never embraced difficult conversations, primarily when they're focused on race,” Principal on Special Assignment for Equity and Family Engagement Tasha Potter said. “So we created a safe space this evening to open up that dialogue and talk about it, although uncomfortable, necessary."

Potter says teachers, parents and students have voiced concerns about the use of the n-word in school and asked for this discussion. 

From here, the school will meet with Bradwell to incorporate the findings from the discussion into the curriculum. 

Greece will also be planning more conversations with students and the community. 

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