My daughter recently visited the College of Wooster with forty-some students from Bronx Preparatory Charter School, where she teaches, all of them African-American or Latino. Wooster isÂ a smallÂ town about 90 minutes south of Cleveland. It’s in farm country, and Margaret said her thoroughly urbanÂ students were a little creeped out by all the empty space and cornfields.
After the campus tour, a panel of minority Wooster students met theÂ visitorsÂ and advised themÂ while at Wooster to take care not to pass beyond certain boundaries on campus and in town.Â (Never go past the Wendy’s, they said.)
I don’t know ifÂ a black studentÂ has been beaten up orÂ if young people of color areÂ just made to feel uncomfortable if they stray too far from campus, but it’s shocking and distressing information in 2011.