“The resonance that the film has had with so many people is also incredibly powerful,” Meares said. “The ways structural racism and race discrimination can work are not the kinds of ways that people understand, 正しい? It’s not always really obvious. But it’s still deep.”
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Making the documentary has expanded her understanding of racism, and she hopes it does the same for her audience, said Ansley.
“I hope by telling the story I can make others understand and hopefully grow.”
Jennifer Gill, superintendent of the Springfield Public Schools District 186, said in a statement shared with CNN that “when we know better, we do better.”
“By meeting Tracey and hearing about her lived experience, we know that honoring her with this title means so much more,” Gill said.
“We have seen that high school experiences can have a profound, lifelong impact. It was an honor to have Tracey here and a privilege to learn from such an accomplished alumna.”