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As Rochester Suburban Schools Diversify, Black Students Face Obstacles

In interviews over the last month by the Democrat and Chronicle, more than a dozen minority suburban students said they generally appreciate the opportunities their districts afford them. At the same time, they described recurring, insidious patterns of institutional and personal racism.

Several said counselors had actively discouraged them from taking advanced coursework. Others said some white teachers and students use the N-word freely, making them feel uncomfortable and unsafe. Conversations about slavery in history class can be excruciating.