Takeaways from ‘America to Me’ thus far | Articles | News


So far, I have watched two episodes of Steve James’ America to Me series at the high school. One scene in particular, and the reaction to it, has stayed with me.

The first episode, among other storylines, followed members of the cheerleading squad, most of whom are African American. This is in contrast to the members of drill team, who are mostly white.

To explain the different makeups of the two, the drill team coach explained that drill requires a background in dance, and comparatively few African-American girls have that experience. In one scene, that same coach seemed unaware that, while the nearly all-white drill team performs at the center of the football stadium to a mostly white audience, the mostly black cheerleaders perform to mostly black students who tend to hang out at the west…

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