The Bexley Anti-Racism Project (BARP) student group is a collection of multiracial, multiethnic students at Bexley High School who formed and organized in 2020 as an offshoot of the Bexley Anti-Racism Project (BARP) community group.
Their mission is to actively combat racial inequality through education, mobilization, and amplification in order to support people of color in the Bexley School District. BARP hosts weekly meetings to discuss systemic issues in the Bexley community, and they regularly meet with district administration, school board members and elected city officials to advocate for more equitable policies and practices.
In addition to a focus on systemic change and policy, students host “learning lunches” related to a variety of topics related to racism to help educate their peers, engage in meaningful conversation, and create action plans to address and eradicate racism. These topics include but are not limited to: white saviorism, performative activism, interracial family dynamics, medical apartheid, racism in education, curriculum and policy and the origins of mass incarceration. Learning lunch topics and lessons are chosen and planned by members of the group.
BARP also hosts community events outside of Bexley High School. Notably, they hosted a teach-in related to current legislation in the Ohio General Assembly. Students wanted to not just share their perspective on proposed policies but also educate the community and make the call for advocacy on behalf of students and their needs. Following this successful event, the students met with their House Representative, Kristin Boggs, to discuss their concerns, and multiple students submitted testimony to the House.
BARP is growing and evolving, and its students are committed every day to learning and taking action to improve the Bexley community and working to eliminate racism in Bexley and beyond. Together, we all have an obligation to create the change needed to make a better, fairer world for everyone