Just before Christmas (2018), my wife and I learned that a White boy at my 10-year-old daughter’s middle school called her a “nigger.” Not only did this boy feel comfortable hurling this racial epithet at my daughter and her two Black friends (one male, one female), he also Googled the word on his phone and demanded (albeit unsuccessfully) that they read the definition.
My wife and I live in Mamaroneck, NY, a small suburban town, approximately 30 minutes from New York City by train. The school my daughter attends (Hommocks Middle School) is located in the Village of Larchmont; it is the district’s only middle school. According to Bloomberg (2018), Larchmont ranks as the fourth wealthiest place in New York and the 24th wealthiest place in the United States. It has also been recognized by various magazines as being in the top 20, on the list of the 100 best places to live in the United States. Like other Black and Brown parents who live here, we chose Mamaroneck thinking that our children would be safe, receive a great education and benefit from the kinds of opportunities that our parents were unable to provide for us, given our positively supportive yet very interesting upbringing in the Bronx during the 1980s’ crack era.