Saturday, October 21, 7:00 pm – Unitarian Universalist Church of Rutland, 117 West St.
Free and open to the public. All are welcome!
Join us for a free screening of the film “Divided by Diversity,” followed by a Q&A discussion with a panel of film participants to include coaches, players and a host parent.
In 2010, five student athletes from the Bronx, NY were accepted to attend a private Catholic school in Vermont. A school in desperate need of students and five teens in search of an opportunity to escape one of the worst crime areas in New York should have been a perfect match. Instead, the youths were met with resistance and conjecture that they had been recruited to prop up a failing basketball program. Feelings of entitlement and resentment, fueled by social media and helicopter parenting, grew to a xenophobic frenzy. “Divided by Diversity” tells the story of how these young men, along with their coaches, teammates and supporters, endured physical and verbal attacks as well as covert attempts to have them returned to New York. It also reveals many of the modern elements that are contributing to racial tension nationwide.