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‘Homeroom’ isn't an uplifting depiction of the next generation of activists, it’s a depressing celebration of misguided victimhood

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13.08.2021

‘Homeroom’ is the new critically acclaimed documentary that follows a group of politically engaged, minority Oakland High School students as they navigate their tumultuous senior year as it’s interrupted by Covid and the George Floyd protests.

The documentary, which premiered on the streaming service Hulu on August 12, is the final installment of director Peter Nicks’ ‘Oakland Trilogy’ (The Waiting Room and The Force) and boasts ‘Black Panther’ director Ryan Coogler as its executive producer.

The main protagonist of ‘Homeroom’ is high school senior Denilson Garibo, an undocumented immigrant who’s an ambitious member of the All-City Council (ACC) which represents the 36,000 students of the Oakland Unified School District (OUSD).

OUSD has its own police force and well before George Floyd’s murder Denilson and his fellow ACC member Mica, are pushing to have the school board abolish the school police in order to spare budget cuts in other student programs.

Denilson loves politics and certainly plays the part very well. Ever fluent in the emotionalist lingo of the moment, Denilson talks of students feeling “triggered” and “unsafe” around school police, of the “constant criminalization of black people,” and that he will stand up for “black and brown students”…apparently the white and Asian students are out of luck.

Denilson and his cohort do seem like nice kids, but like most teenagers (and people) they also appear insufferably vapid,........

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