Elite private schools are being pressured by Black Lives Matter supporters to include materials on "institutional racism" in curriculum and student life programs.
Black Lives Matter has driven protests against police brutality and earned donations from brand name corporations eager to avoid becoming targets of activists themselves. Prep schools are their next target, a move given momentum through mass protests following the death of George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man who died while a Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck for more than eight minutes during an arrest.
Swaths of private secondary schools have since pronounced support for Black Lives Matter, or at least its principles. That includes the Brearly School, the Chapin School, Collegiate School, the Dalton School, Emma Willard, Gilman, the Groton School, the Loomis Chaffee School, Miss Porters School, Phillips Academy Andover, Phillips Exeter Academy, Sidwell Friends, the Spence School, Tabor Academy, the Taft School, and Westover School.
Many came out with “anti-racism” statements last month, following accusationsfrom some alumni of color on “Blackat[name of school]" Instagram accounts, claiming they experienced instances of racism during their time as students at the institutions.