Diamond Blue, a junior at CHS, is currently leading a project called Coffee, a documentary showing how it feels to be a minority in today’s school system.
Blue became inspired after the death of Trayvon Martin to immerse herself more in activism.
The idea came to her freshman year, and since then Blue has been working to make this documentary tangible.
Two of Blue’s closest friends, juniors Ella Atwater and Zac Johnson, are helping her to make this project possible. Their goal is to expose the injustice of the American school system towards minorities.
“A lot of people from the outside are unaware of how sugar-coated the school system is,” said Atwater.
The documentary will consist of a series of interviews. Blue plans to travel around North Carolina to different schools to get multiple perspectives.
During her interviews, she tries to form real connections and ask personal questions, in order to make the accounts more direct and firsthand, rather than formatted and practiced.
With her documentary, Blue is trying to express the different attitudes that students harbor about the school system and injus- tice in general.
“I’m trying to convey so many different things. I’ve come to the realization that it’s hard to just focus on one thing. The more people I talk to, the more I realize that there are so many things that I need to showcase. When we go home, we all have different experiences,” said Blue.
Blue will also be taking time over the summer to travel with her crew around the U.S., visiting different colleges and high schools. She has created a GoFundMe page to help with the expenses.
According to Blue and Atwater, many people are helping out, including students from Duke and UNC who have been instrumental in both the interviews and the filmmaking process.
Mr. Cone, a social studies teacher at CHS, has also been credited by Blue with opening doors for her to connect with important people that will help to launch this project.
Mrs. Hilliard, Katie Moorhead, and Brett Stegall are other CHS faculty members who have contributed to the making of the documentary.
This venture is a very personal one for Blue. She is passionately working to make it a success. While her timeline is tentative, she hopes to have a concrete film by the end of this year.
Blue has garnered a lot of support, with some of the only backlash being about including her good friend, Zac Johnson, a white male, in the process. But to Blue, this negativity is only ignorant, stupid, and not worth her time.
“People are just sort of taking it as if I’m only doing [the documentary] for college. With no information on it at all, people started accusing me of preaching on how to be racially aware as if I didn’t have any experience,” said Johnson, a junior at East Chapel Hill High.
Overall, Blue is very excited to move forward with her documentary, and has big plans for the future. She has decided to start publicizing the documentary as soon as she can.
Blue and her group believe that this documentary is important for people of all ages, races, genders, etc. to see.
“Everyone. This is for everyone, because there’s something we all can do to fix this [injustice],” said Blue.
The most important thing is that we as people try to make sure that everyone has equal opportunities. In our school district, it’s not like that,” said Blue.