InflexionPoint Podcast: Cultivating Change from the Inside Out: Films That Spark Community Conversation - The Walk, Directed by Daniel Adams (2022)
11/15/2023 03:00 pm PST
Synopsis: A 2022 period film drama based on true events of desegregation and busing in Boston schools in 1974.
The District Court of Massachusetts ordered Boston to integrate its public school system, using busing.
The order was met with White community pushback, fury and violence. The film centers on police officer Bill Coughlin, an Irish cop, confronting fierce social pressure when tasked to protect Black students as they are bussed into all-white South Boston High School. The film also centers on two high school teens about to begin their senior year under the integration order. Wendy Robbins, an 18-year-old Black student selected for bussing, and her father, Lamont, are caught in the middle of violence and protesting by the White community. At the same time Katy, the police officer's teenage daughter is faced with her own racism.
"Why America needs a new approach to school desegregation" by Jerry Rosiek Published: May 17, 2018 6.41am EDT on theconversation.com
- Despite all the time and effort invested desegregating the nation’s schools over the past half century, the reality is America’s schools are more segregated now than they were in 1968.
- This new segregation is not directly enforced by law, but indirectly through school zoning, housing patterns, and recently by neighborhood secessionist movements, permitting affluent white families to continue to monopolize premium educational resources.
- School segregation communicates corrosive messages to students of color; concluding that they were regarded as “bad kids,” “garbage people,” or “violent or something,” and therefore not worthy of investment.
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- Watch "The Walk", directed by Daniel Adams (2022) on Tubi: https://tubitv.com/movies/686236/the-walk