Before the 1970’s and 80’s, NYC private schools were almost exclusively white and wealthy. With desegregation, schools became increasingly diverse. Today, many private schools enroll a class that is at least a third nonwhite. At Dalton and Fieldston Lower Schools, the percentage is almost 50%.
Recently many NYC private schools have attempted to move from not openly discussing race, or having race discussed exclusively during racial affinity group meetings, to mandatory school-wide programs. Two recent articles illuminate this development.
Can Fieldston Un-Teach Racism? by Lisa Miller, New York Magazine
At New York Private Schools, Challenging White Privilege From the Inside, by Kyle Spencer, New York Times