Tuesday, September 9, 2014
How Race is Lived in America - Chapter 9 Comment
I think the issue of when children begin to notice and segregate themselves based on race is definitely an interesting one, and one that's prevalent throughout this chapter. The fact that the three girls followed in the chapter were good friends and thought nothing of their mixed race friendship until middle school shows that something must happen during adolescence to increase awareness of race. I think social stigma is definitely to blame for the sudden desire to group up based on race, at least partly, but I wonder if there could be a natural cause as well. Perhaps we have some innate desire to surround ourselves with people who look like us, be it for survival or propagation or some other evolutionary need.