The Dalton School hosts an annual conference for New York City private schools on diversity, equity, and inclusion.
This May, it was Rodney Glasgow’s turn to deliver the keynote address. Glasgow, a longtime school administrator who has founded multiple DEI consultancies, used his speech to address the elephant in the room: the parental pushback to “antiracism” at Dalton and other elite private schools, which made national headlines after Dalton headmaster Jim Best resigned amid the uproar.
The disgruntled parents, Glasgow said, were like the “white supremacists” who stormed the Capitol. And the schools that had admitted their children were like the Capitol police officers who had “opened the gate.”
“There’s no truer metaphor for independent schools … than that moment on January 6,” Glasgow told the attendees. “When will we stop hiring … the people on the inside who are opening the gate?”