Students use Instagram to expose racism at elite boarding schools in R.I. and Mass.
MIDDLETOWN, R.I. (WLNE) – Following the Black Lives Matter movement, another movement is appearing on Instagram of high school students exposing racism they say they faced in their elite private and public prep schools.
Current and former students of Saint George’s School in Middletown, R.I. are using the account @blackatsg to anonymously share their experience of racism while at school, as well as to call out the school’s administration for not being actively anti-racist.
In response to the @blackatsg account, St. George’s School announced on Instagram it has a new diversity, equity, and inclusion action plan. The plan includes hiring more faculty of color, and requiring staff to undergo anti-bias training.
A former student of Tabor Academy in Marion, Mass. is also trying to spark change.
“I went to the school and I experienced racism every day,” said Yasmin Madmoune. She graduated from Tabor Academy in 2019 and created the @blackattabor Instagram account.
Following the account’s creation, Madmoune posted a list of demands she and other alumni want to see at the school. Included in the list, is a call for more BIPOC teachers to be hired and for an anti-racist curriculum to adopted.
“When I first created the account, people were upset, saying I was bashing the school. But it’s not a Tabor issue. This is a predominantly white institution issue. This is a white people issue,” said Madmoune.
Tabor Academy responded to the list of demands via a Facebook post, stating:
We recognize the role of White bias in the institutionalized and systemic oppression of Black people and that our society is strengthened by the full enfranchisement of all people… The Board pledges to work to better understand the issues and actions necessary to bring about positive change.
Tabor Academy also posted on Instagram, saying the school is “working to make Tabor a more inclusive community.”
According to the Instagram post, the school is now in the hiring process for a Director of Equity and Inclusion, and has invited current Black students to take part in the interview process.