Apology from Bodie Brizendine, principal of Manhattan’s elite Spence School, over video shown to students mocking white women has been rejected by parents
Parents at an elite $ 57,000-a-year private girls’ school in Manhattan have rejected an apology from its principal for a video shown to students mocking white women.
In a letter sent by a parent to Spence school principal Bodie Brizendine and his school board, the unidentified parent expressed disappointment at the school’s response to the incident and aimed at his council, saying he wasn’t doing enough to downsize his teachers. agenda awakened.
The letter was widely supported by other parents at the school, according to the New York Post.
“While I was upset after hearing what had happened at Spence’s, Bodie’s email that followed really pushed me over the edge,” the letter read.
“Moreover, the fact that the council did not weigh in on this issue gives the impression that the council shares the opinion that racism is indeed acceptable as long as it fits into the climate of the time”, the parent continued.
The Spence School, a $ 57,000-a-year school for girls in Manhattan, sent an email to apologize for showing an episode of Ziwe Fumudoh’s Showtime, Ziwe, but the parents of the school said their administration was not doing enough to cut back on teachers’ wake-up schedules
A relative, Gabriela Baron, who is of Cuban descent, was angered by the “racism” in the video
The posh $ 57,000-a-year private school, which has stars such as Gwyneth Paltrow and Kerry Washington among its alumni, found itself in hot water last month after a video from the Showtime show by Ziwe Fumudoh, Ziwe, was shown to students in which she talks to author Fran Lebowitz, telling him, “I think you don’t care how boring white women can be.”
The incident sparked a backlash from parents, some including Cuban-American Gabriela Baron, complaining in a letter that the video was “patently racist” and stating that it was removing her daughter from the academy. .
In her apology email, Brizendine wrote: “We take this seriously; it is never okay to ridicule anyone at all times.
Students were reportedly shown an excerpt from Ziwe Fumudoh’s satirical show
The 29-year-old comedian’s season premiere starred writer Fran Lebowitz
Ziwe told Lebowitz: “I think you don’t care how boring white women can be”
“This video is not part of Spence’s program. Our teacher and the school admit that sharing a satirical video that made fun of white women was a big mistake.
“We are sorry for any harm this has caused to anyone in our community.”
The anonymous parent, however, did not have it.
“Choosing to label the video as ‘satirical’ and that it ‘mocks’ and ‘ridiculous’ is an understatement,” they wrote. “That you ‘have full confidence in the professionalism of your dedicated faculty and that you would strengthen the protocols” is not an acceptable response. ”
Other alumni of the school include Kerry Washington and Emmy Rossum; Georgina, the daughter of Michael Bloomberg; and Mick Jagger’s daughter, Jade.
Actresses Kerry Washington and Gwyneth Paltrow are among notable Spence School alumni
Actress Emmy Rossum and Georgina, daughter of former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg, are also among Spence School alumni.
The clip in question was the season premiere of Fumudoh’s provocative HBO Showtime show Ziwe.
HBO describes it as “the insanely funny new variety series from writer, comedian and internet sensation Ziwe.” A limitless mix of musical acts, interviews and skits that challenge America’s discomfort with race, politics, and other cultural issues.
The episode sees her interviewing feminist icon Gloria Steinem and quoting her the explicit lyrics of Cardi B’s WAP song, asking, “Do you feel empowered?”
Ziwe asked Steinem if she felt “empowered” by WAP’s explicit words, which she read aloud to him. Steinem laughed at the question and replied, “Not really”
The 87-year-old author and activist laughed and applauded Ziwe’s provocations
Ziwe also convened a panel of women named Karen to discuss their name, pointing out that he was frequently associated with racist white women.
And she summons a panel of women named Karen to ask them what they think of their name, telling them that it is now associated with “obnoxious, angry and empowered white women, often racist.”
Baron, in her letter, said she watched the clip at home with her husband and felt that it “openly mocks, humiliates and ridicules white women.”
She added: ‘[The kids] sat there in their graduation gowns as the white mothers of the white students – many of whom volunteer, donate, call, email, and do whatever school asks them to – were tarmac and feathered in a video that their teacher showed them.
Baron, in her letter, said she watched the clip at home with her husband and felt that he “openly mocks, humiliates and ridicules white women.”
In their response to Brizendine’s apology, the parent said the incident was a blow to Spence’s prestigious reputation for “strong academics and for helping to shape intelligent, caring, strong, capable and independent young women.”
“I regret that there is no longer the impression that academics, or those other qualities, are a priority,” they continued.
They added that it would take more than a feeble apology to regain the good graces of the school community, writing: “Make no mistake, you have lost my” trust and support “and it’s up to you to get it back. “
Spence’s outcry is just the latest in the “culture wars” that are enveloping the costly educational institutions of New York City.
Earlier this year, a parent at Brearley School wrote to other parents complaining about the teaching of critical race theory – the questioning of American history and society, emphasizing the role that slavery played in the founding of the nation. Supporters of CRT argue that this is a long-awaited rebalancing of the curriculum: Critics say it divides children by skin color and tells white children to feel guilty about their skin.
A teacher from another school, Grace School, resigned in protest against CRT’s teaching.