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Nice White Parents - Ep. 3: ‘This Is Our School, How Dare You?’

Serial

Serial Productions & The New York Times

True Crime, Society & Culture, News

4.680.4K Ratings

🗓️ 20 August 2020

⏱️ 45 minutes

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We saw what happens when white families come into the school. What happens when they stay out?

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From cereal and the New York Times, this is Nice White Parents, episode three.

0:05.0

I asked you in 1993, opened in 1968.

0:09.0

Renee Flowers was part of the first generation of students to walk in the door.

0:14.0

And you're talking about the building on Court Street.

0:17.0

I went to school there. It was nice. And it was brand new, you know, it was nice.

0:21.0

Were you nervous about going? Yeah. Well, your friends.

0:24.0

You know, all your friends went in neighborhood with them.

0:26.0

The Goanis neighborhood where Renee grew up and still lives, the housing projects,

0:31.0

three blocks away from the school. Renee went to IS293, graduated.

0:37.0

And she kept going back to the building to play handball, to vote, to attend graduations.

0:43.0

Renee coaches the neighborhood drill team and they'd perform at the school.

0:47.0

For years, she'd regularly go watch the basketball tournament.

0:50.0

Renee is in her 60s. She just retired from the post office.

0:55.0

The school has been a fixture for most of her life.

0:58.0

She knows every part of the building.

1:01.0

Actually, if you go on the Baltic Street entrance, the school safety sitting,

1:07.0

then when you walk after the into the building, the auditorium is right to your right.

1:10.0

As we're talking, she closes her eyes. She can see it.

1:14.0

Walk up a little more and turn left and another left that gym is right there.

1:17.0

Exactly where everything is the cafeteria.

1:19.0

Renee has a stack of old IS293 yearbooks in her apartment.

1:23.0

Even the year she wasn't a student there, she'll take the yearbooks out for

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