Southlake, Texas, seems to have it all: stately homes, intense civic pride, and above all, terrific schools. So when a video surfaced in 2018 showing Southlake high school students chanting the N-word—and when Black residents came forward to share stories of racist harassment and bullying—the school board vowed to make changes. But the unveiling of the Cultural Competence Action Plan set off a backlash that’s consumed Southlake, fueled by a growing national crusade against critical race theory. Hosted by NBC News national reporter Mike Hixenbaugh (host of the hit podcast Do No Harm) and NBC News correspondent Antonia Hylton, Southlake tells the story of how one idyllic city became the test case for a new political strategy with national repercussions.
Home of the Dragons
A viral video of students in wealthy Southlake, Texas, yelling the N-word after homecoming brings Black families’ concerns about racism to the surface.
Just a Word
Southlake’s leaders try to unite the town after the N-word video. But the pandemic — and backlash to a local Black Lives Matter protest — upend their plans.
The Not-So-Silent Majority
The Southlake Families PAC raises more than $100,000 to fight against what the group calls a “liberal takeover” of the schools — and starts building an army.
The Circus Comes to Town
A new fixation on critical race theory muddies the debate in Southlake, drowning out the voices of students who’d come forward with stories about racism.
The Debate Channel
As school board candidates debate Southlake’s future, a queer 16-year-old faces off with her principal over his handling of a harassment complaint.
Protect the Tradition
It’s Election Day in Southlake, Texas — time to see if the fight over the Carroll school district’s Cultural Competence Action Plan translates into votes.
Revealing but not surprising
Kids are not born racist. They are a product of their parents, schools, mentors, churches, etc. Teenagers are also particularly cruel in the best of circumstances. The recordings of the administrators are cringe-worthy but indicative of people just trying to make the problem (kids who don’t fit the MAGA mold) go away. I can’t imagine being an African American and staying in such an awful place. Why do that to your children?
Not that I expected anything different from NBC, but the whole podcast is a thinly veiled piece of liberal socialist propaganda.
People are many times products of environment, it’s obvious that the teachings of CRT ,that all white peoples are inherently racist is highly flawed. This teaching brings about more animosity between the people than healing. We are a mixed race family. None of us are privileged or disadvantaged because of race . To teach children they can’t excel because of their race is a disservice.