Prejudice And Racial Segregation On Campus

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Racial Segregation on Campus

 
    The practice of ethnic separation and segregation is common on every college and university campus. Since this practice has happened through history, it is remarkable that this has only been recognized recently as a true problem (Jacobs, 2). Segregation has hampered America as long as it has existed. Ethnicity and segregation was nearly the cause of this country splitting apart during the Civil War. Since then reformation and hard work has attempted to bring unity to this country. Though today, college students have regressed, university pupils are "standing by" their own and are not branching out to those who are unlike them in ethnicity. People in general, but more specifically college students are segregated in their lives ( Kramer, 12). From the way they act, what they do or do not do, the type of people they socialize with, to where people sit - students are split. College students group together as a result of ethnicity at events and establishments or locations on university campuses.

 

Let me explain where I am coming from,so you may understand my aim in writing this article. In order for people to understand or realize the issue at hand, I first wanted to explain the explain the problem. Because these happenings effect you the reader along with most people in our society. Then I would like to give you examples of the issue in ways you can relate to it. I wanted to put the issue on a real level for you, which I initially attempted in the opening paragraph. Following that I will attempt to illustrate why this subject is relevant to our society and important to you. This is a topic in which I feel very deeply about, so what I am writing is real, worth reading, and is for you.

 

The concept of respecting and celebrating the heritage one possesses is a commendable process. Also, it is natural to search out or relate to that which is "like" or common to us. These ideas form or create the self definition of who an individual is. Cultural togetherness is not a bad thing. However, these ideas have negative retributions when acted upon in extreme degrees. The individuality of a group is wonderful, but not when it causes a cut off from other groups. What segregation brings or prevents is the opportunity for experience of diversity or a wide range of livelihood in general. There is more to the world then just you or just me. This type of separation causes barriers or invisible lines and walls that are rarely crossed by people in our society today. These barriers produce the loss of uniqueness among both a group of people as well as individuals. When everyone is the same or alike, people lose the capability to be special or unmatched ( Myers, 34). Differences and diversity should be celebrated as a chance or opportunity to be able to stand out as well as the chance to educate each other about the creation of man and woman.

 

There are many cases of this happening in our society today:...

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