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The School That Tried to End Racism aims high, but risks reinforcing race’s power

Can we escape race and racism?

Are we marked at birth, trapped in a world where colour seals our fate?

The ABC tried to answer those questions this week.

  • Stan Grant
  • ABC

The program The School That Tried to End Racism took the thorny issue of race to the classroom and the playground.

It was one of those “out of the mouths of babes” experiments where kids in their honesty and naivete reveal deeper truths.

Some of it was confronting and challenging, some of it touching — and some of it disturbing.

I couldn’t help but come away from it reminding myself that you can’t end racism just by talking about race.

It is a bind: one reinforces the…

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