Blog Assignment #6

Happy Sunday North House! I hope you all feel confident and at ease now that the October SAT is behind you! However, FAFSA and CSU applications opened yesterday, so you’re not even close to being done!

Although this week will solely be dedicated to working on our PBA essay for Unit #1, I wanted to start getting you guys thinking about Unit #2 which we will be starting next week. Unit #2’s essential question is: “How do people come to have different views of society?” I’m currently taking a “Minorities in America” class at Citrus and wanted to share some of the ideas I’ve been learning about!

Our environment, neighborhood, ethnicity, and socioeconomic background play a huge role in the person you become and the way you see the world. Los Angeles, for example, is one of the most ethnically diverse cities in the country but is still struggling with its long battle of prejudice and racial segregation. In what ways does our environment, our neighborhood affect our views of the world from politics, mannerisms, and the media? How do you think someone growing up in a predominately suburban, white neighborhood might view the world differently than someone growing up in a predominately urban, black or Latino neighborhood?

In the article below, the Huffington Post explores the racial divide in neighborhoods across the United States. Use this article as a reference and keep in mind some of the current issues that our society is facing. Also, speak from your own experiences and observations. Use this as a time to think about how your environment has shaped your world views.

*Please note: you only have to read down to “9. Kansas City, MO-KS.” However, the figures below may give you a more in-depth look.*

Prompt: Do you think that your environment/neighborhood has played a role in the ways you perceive society? Does this “segregation play a factor, and if so to what degree? Do you have any personal experiences or observations?


28 thoughts on “Blog Assignment #6

  1. Coming from a military family, I have spent many of my childhood years across the country and even in Europe. From experience, each state and country have extremely distinct surroundings or environment; spreading from Kentucky, Louisiana, and Germany. As far as I could recall, these situations largely shaped the perception of myself and the people residing. Regarding the environment recognition, people are the sole factor in determining society.
    Concerning the article, “The 9 Most Segregated Cities In America,” the article inquires into the focus of racial division in nine cities tested for racial segregation. By racial segregation, it is not the standard “Jim Crow” segregation of race, but poverty and unemployment. Despite the use of a Huffington Post article which I consider as a “liberal biased source,” I somewhat agree with Christopher Q.’s usage of this report as a fundamental “wake-up call” to Americans. These Midwest and Eastern cities display large amounts of distinct racial barriers in which, myself, was already quite aware. Regions, especially in the South, are vivid examples of poverty among whites and blacks alike. Visiting Louisiana, I have seen impoverished areas of both white and black. There, I saw no racism whatsoever barring people of their race from work nor opportunities. From what I seen and heard, whites are more likely to better than lives instead of relying on the government for assistance. According to a PewRearchCenter report conducted in 2012, this supports my claim.
    My view of society is very much unalike of my classmates. I am what you consider by definition, “white privilege.” Growing up in wealthy and white neighborhoods, my views of the world were entirely spectacular. I enjoyed activities many would never experience. All of my childhood friends were white and I had no real speculation to that of other ethnic groups’ lives. I simply believed society was great to anyone living in the United States. I thought everyone took pleasure to what I did as an American. It would take first-hand experience to change my views of society when I first moved to California in the second grade. In the outskirts of Los Angeles, I witnessed that no race nor ethnic group shared the experience that I adored. Relating back to now, I very much agree with Christopher Q.’s statement that the neighborhoods and the areas lived, do play a part of determining society. Not everyone can share the same experiences I had. Therefore, I call a solution to this epidemic surrounding the U.S. Everything in America is treated by race and that should no longer be continued. If you want to end racism, stop viewing as a race. Like Morgan Freeman had stated, “[How are we going to get rid of racism and ….] Stop talking about it.”

  2. Throughout my life I have constantly been moving from city to city and have been amongst all kinds of racial differences. I believe my environment/ environments have played a significant role on the way I perceive society. Personally, due to the constant changes throughout life I see my environment as one big melting pot mixed with all kinds of races. Unfortunately, due to the article “The 9 Most Segregated Cities In America,” and recent news reports it’s clear that not all of the U.S is as accepting as it may appear.

    Within the article I noticed that nearly every city mentioned was located on the east coast, where in recent news reports have shown that racial segregation is still an issue faced in the twenty-first century. Due to my environmental upbringing when I see how divided the U.S has become I find it so hard to understand. I can’t process how racial segregation could still be alive as a society. I agree with Kenneth A, when he states that within our neighborhoods there are situations of one race receiving more privilege than others. However, within my environment if one person is in any way racist towards another it is heavily frowned upon. Therefore, it is very difficult to hear about how racially divided the east coast can be and how some people just choose to ignore the issue.

    Personally I believe society as a whole can put an end the segregation by everyone coming together and realizing that in reality America was built upon European settlers barging in and taking land from the Native Americans. Also if everyone were to start developing a mindset that “no one race should be more superior than the other”, it would help but an end to racism. Everyone who lives in America is in one big melting pot of different cultures. The sooner society realizes this, the sooner we can put an end to the segregation.

  3. In Alexander Kent and Thomas C. Frohlich’s article, The 9 Most Segregated Cities In America, they explain how racial segregation is still prominent in the U.S. In some families, segregation may have effected them but for me, it was my home environment. My father used to be a drug and alcohol addict since I was a little till the age of twelve. I was always subjected to seeing my father come home drunk or high and as a little girl seeing that, it disgusted me. I lived in an area before where there was a program called, Housing Choice Voucher Program- it gave low income families affordable housing through the government, and around that area live mostly African Americans and Hispanics. It was never really a problem but there was some incidents where there would be a drug house or gang member around the area but it just strengthen my thought that society was a terrible place.
    To me, yes segregation may play a part in people seeing society different but it is just the way how different people perceive what they see and how the interpret it into their lives. They can either let it affect them or decide to do something about it. The way I see society now a place that can use some help in guiding it to a better place. Even living in a somewhat bad neighborhood to where I am now in the suburban area, there will always be negative energy, it is just up to the person if they care to do anything with that.
    I agree with Janina in the mind set of coming together and realizing that Americans are all the same wither they are a different race. Society would be just a bit better if segregation were to end. The next step would be to fix the corrupt government that is so called “protecting our rights”. But it is all up to the individual to take a stand and do something about society. One can either realize that what is happening in society is corrupt and do something about it, or just sit on their couches and pretend everything is okay.

  4. I do believe that where one grows up has an influence on how they see the world. When I moved five years it was really different from where I had previously grown up in. Where I had lived walking outside meant you were going to get kidnapped . I also wasn’t encouraged to play with other kids in my complex because they were considered “bad influences.” Having nice things wasn’t expected or important to me. To me this what just the way it was for everyone. However when I moved what I thought about society changed. People here had more things. While everyone where I had lived was Hispanic, here you had different ethnicities who I couldn’t relate to. My environment had shifted and what I expected from my life changed as well. The more I immersed myself into my new environment I began to believe my life could could go further and be bigger.

    Moving from a place that was pretty segregated with a single race then going to a place that really wasn’t, did initially influence what I believed people of my race could do. I thought there was a limit to what someone that was hispanic was capable of. Even with in my family I was told to surround myself with the asians and caucasians because they were the smart and good influences. I had this mentality that certain races were better for society then others. However, that mentality has changed a lot. Now i see that no matter where you are from or what you look like you can achieve anything.

    Janina makes a strong point that to end segregation we need to stop thinking that one race is better than the other. I agree with that, but to me that is something that can not happen over night. Racial Superiority while it may draw great influence from where we grow up is also not the only factor. Like the article states at the end “lingering racial discrimination” is also a major contributor that can be drawn from with in families. Im sure that there are others who’s parents or grandparents have expressed certain thoughts about other ethnicities.

  5. The dilemma of nature versus nurture is brought up in many situations: when discussing a character’s personality in a literature, a person’s beliefs in history, an expression of traits in biology, a decision made by someone in psychology, etc. When it comes to our perception of society, I believe that nurture, or in this case our surrounding environment, definitely plays a role.

    My address belongs to the city of West Covina, but I live on the border of La Puente, so my community is predominantly made up of Hispanic and Latino people. From preschool to elementary to middle school, more than the majority of my classmates, friends, and teachers were of a Hispanic and/or Latino background. Growing up in this type of community closed me off to what the rest of the world was like; I was in a “minority bubble” as I like to call it. I grew up thinking that the world was made up of people that shared the same struggles as me, raised with similar beliefs, and had families that mirrored my background. It was only in high school when I realized that my struggles, beliefs, and background weren’t so typical because everyone was like me, but a result of living in a community that was racially segregated.

    I remember the first time I realized that there was more to the world than just my little West Covina/La Puente community. I went on a college visit to Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego and I had never felt so out of place. Everyone who greeted me, gave me a tour, or answered my questions about the school was white. I had to sit through an awkward dinner with a white family who had trouble making small talk with me because I was a first generation college student and I didn’t come from an affluent background. It was such an eye-opening experience for me; it was one of those moments where I saw the distinct line between myself and white people.

    The article “The 9 Most Segregated Cities In America” discussed how federal segregation policies resulted in the economic fallout of African Americans and the racial segregation in U.S. neighborhoods. I may not be African American, but I feel the segregation between neighborhoods. When I drove into a different city, I could immediately tell if I was in a “white” community or not based on what the building looked like and how the roads were kept Sometimes I wish that my little minority bubble wasn’t popped because I felt safe and comfortable in it. But I’m glad it got popped because segregation is a real problem and I want to be an advocate for change. When I was little I had the same mentality that Nick C. had when he said, “… no matter where you are from or what you look like you can achieve anything.” But as I’ve grown up and realized that people’s dreams or their ways to achieve their dreams seem unachievable and are harder to accomplish compared to certain types of people; ’I’ve kind of lost that childlike mentality. This is because society has taught people to associate an (x) person with (a,b,c) characteristics and sadly that has been subconsciously ingrained into my brain. I know stereotyping is wrong and it’s not something I necessarily believe in, but it’s grown into something I’ve done subconsciously. I even do it to myself sometimes when I think of what my dreams are and what I want to achieve. Racial segregation is real and ever present in our society today, and segregated communities continue to perpetuate the racial issues that come along with it.

  6. From my own personal experiences, I would say that the environments and neighborhoods you are exposed to, do contribute on how you see and perceive society. I grew up in Northern California in several communities, however each of them were dominantly filled with asians or whites. I was often surrounded by people who I could easily relate with and because of this I assumed that everyone else of a different race lived the same way I did. I was never judged and felt safe and like I belonged because I was around people who were not all that different. I believed that everyone had it somewhat easy and were given the same opportunities for school and living conditions. As a child, stereotypical comments were drilled into my head as it was explained to me that certain races were “bad and unsuccessful” and others were “good and successful” or other unnecessary remarks which I never understood. I knew it was wrong to base judgment off of people just because what race they were, but these comments remained suppressed in the back of my mind.

    When I moved down to Southern California in the third grade, I felt out of place since I was now surrounded by primarily the Hispanic and Latino community. I was no longer surrounded by the people who were “just like me” and clearly had to adapt to my new surroundings. I will always remember one specific moment when one of my classmates told me, “You’re one of the first Asians I have ever seen in my life.” and although that possibly may have been exaggerated, that is when I realized that things were going to be different. I started comparing the different standards between living in NorCal and SoCal and the different views, goals, habits, lifestyles, etc. that people had and I was in disbelief that my idea of everyone living the same was I did, was not the case at all.

    Segregation does play a factor because it is currently happening (not to the extreme like it was in the past) and has been for ages. It is the whole reason why we see society the way we do in the first place. It is the underlying cause of racism and judgement which continues to greatly affect our views and way of thinking. Just as Chanel O. explains, “Racial segregation is real and ever present in our society today, and segregated communities continue to perpetuate the racial issues that come along with it.” However, segregation can be developed in many different forms. It can be taught, forced upon, or naturally developed on our own. The way we interpret it plays a factor as well. In the article, “The 9 Most Segregated Cities In America”, published by Alexander Kent and Thomas Frohlich, Richard Rothstein, a research associate mentioned in the article states, “For African Americans, it was the product of explicit public policy to segregate them from the rest of society. For Hispanics, it’s the result of traditional patterns of ethnic immigration.” We can easily choose how we want to see the world, it is just hard to realize that for most people and that continues the cycle of never ending segregation.

  7. It is human nature to segregate. Primitive ancestors used selective identification of differences in order to separate those deemed like themselves and others who could be deemed a threat. In the neolithic mind, different meant unknown, and unknown meant a threat. In fact, so much so, this ancient concept is likely what forced early European Homo Sapiens to hunt and eradicate their shorter, distinct neanderthal cousins. DNA from primeval bones show that Neanderthal’s remains were even used as tools for Homo Sapiens! And this is not only innate within humans, sheep have a similar evolved tactic where the large majority of white sheep will bite and ostracize a sheep of a different color and drive them away; hence, the term “black sheep”. And while civilization has done a better job at stifling these primitive desires, it can not be denied that these instincts are as innate as the want for food, procreation or defense. Why else would primary care teachers be instructed to deliberately encourage tolerance and involvement, unless humans were not intrinsically discriminatory? Unfortunately, I disagree with Janina when she states,”I believe society as a whole can put an end the segregation by everyone coming together”. For even in areas such as Poland where there is over a 95% Caucasian demographic, groups continue to ostracize other Nordic citizens and religious groups. Simply put, humans will always continue to segregate.

    Thankfully, growing up in post-Reagan era California, I have never never beaten or killed on behalf of my skin color. I’ve have never been pulled over by the authorities for suspicious activity or otherwise. I am thankful, that unlike my parents I have never been denied education or voting rights. But while I’ve thankfully never experienced any of these grave injustices, it is not to say systematic discrimination is solved. The type of systematic attacks that has an innocent unarmed black man beaten to death by police officers, or denies a gay couple a constitutional right to marry. Segregation is a problem, but growing up in a poverty stricken area my entire life I’ve the problem is often blown completely out of proportion.

    As a child growing up in one of the cities with the highest crime rates in Southern California. I saw men arrested on a daily basis, I saw vandalism, prostitution, drug deals, muggings and drive-bys. My relatives have either all been dope-slingers, murderers or killed on the side of the curb laying in a pool of their own blood. You want to see segregation blown out of proportion, talk to a man who has seen the streets, whose lived the crimes and been to prison for decades- and watch him blame the police. Perhaps its my unique combination of admiration for the United States and my decent education, but these men never seem to take responsibility for their actions. I’ve always heard my uncles and cousins bastardizing the police force for their unfair and brutal tactics- when a month ago the same criminals raided a stereo store. Perhaps its my upbringing, but I find segregation -at least in southern California-to be unfortunately blown out of proportion by a gang society that can not take responsibility for their actions.

    And yet, I still don’t know if what I believe is true. Even though I’ve moved away from my estranged family and now reside in slightly better city like Pomona, I still witness crime on a daily basis. In my current job as a precinct director for a Congresswoman, I am traveling all throughout Pomona. Along the way I’ve met people like Andrew Jones a 19 year old black dropout who although never has joined a gang, was shot through the leg down to the ankle last year when a gang member challenged him to a fight. Or a next door neighbor of mine whose son was killed in a drive-by shooting also last year. Or an 11 year old Hispanic boy, who was shot through the lung, literally two hours after I left their house and talked to his older brother, not even one month ago.

    But what is remarkable about all three incidents: no perpetrator has ever been caught. Why? Why!? Why, if I am shot in the middle of the goddamn lung do I have a fifty-fifty percent chance of even knowing who did this to me? I want justice for those who made the mistake of being born too poor. After hearing of the boy who was shot, I seriously considered leaving my job I worked so hard to get. But, I don’t want to sacrifice my career when police seemingly do not seem to persecute crimes in low-income areas. You want to talk about a dilemma, try weighing your future over your literal -not figurative- flesh and blood. I do not want to have to chose.

    But I digress. I do not personally know what my stance is on segregation is. My unique situation has allowed me to see the worst and the best of society. And I think its so easy for pundits on CNN and high income, well educated children on twitter to generalize a topic like this. But, we would not be human if we thought we knew everything, right? Segregation surly exists, but is it to the extent we think it is? Perhaps we’ll never know.

    (sorry for the novel)

  8. In this article, it talks about how segregation is still happening across the United States. For the past decade, I have lived in the same community up until now. The only thing that has changed was neighbors leaving, and neighbors moving in. My community was filled with diverse people, and was never dominated by a single race. I feel more comfortable seeing diversity in a neighborhood, than seeing one race everyday.
    As for the schools I went too, there was some schools that had less of this race, but more of this race, and vice versa. When it came to high school of my freshmen year, I was honestly surprised to see more filipinos than the other schools I attended. This is because of the school, how it is reaching out to different districts or cities here in Southern California.

    Going back to the prompt, I do not think that neighborhood/environment plays a role in how we perceive society, but I feel that it is social media in which it influences us and how it does play that role to how we see the world. In some cases, people act differently when they tweet to how they are in person. The fact that we are able to tweet and say what they want, does reflect to how we see society. What people post, comment, or tweet does show what society is like. Wherever we live, along with the people who live in it, those people and these places do not illustrate our society, but our actions and the things we say contribute to society. In the Youtube community, there are some YouTubers you get hateful comments, saying the worst things you can think of. Again, what you say or do reflects the person you are.

    Although my community is not dominated by a single race, I do agree with Janina G. when she said, “if everyone were to start developing a mindset that “no one race should be more superior than the other”, it would help put an end to racism.” because earlier today, I was reading an article saying that Luke Cage the television show is racist, because the cast is mostly black people. And these comments were not interviewed by those people, but were tweeted by white people. I do not believe that there is race greater than others, but I think that there are races that feel, think, and/or know that there race is superior. Lastly, in the religion I group up in, we were taught that we were all created equal. Imagine if we were to live up to that?

  9. Personally, I do not believe that my neighborhood has played a role in the ways I perceive society. If anything has shaped my view on society it is most likely music. Listening to artists who’ve talked about growing up in less fortunate areas than I. I’ve only grown up in Hispanic and white neighborhoods, other than in school racism did not exist, until recently seeing all the problems our society is dealing with. It is understandable how the way someone grows up shapes the perception they have on society. In the article The 9 Most Segregated Cities In America by Alexander Kent and Thomas C. Frohlich they state that “black families were intentionally excluded from affordable housing options across the nation’s growing suburban neighborhoods.” It is insane to think that now in the twenty-first century people are still treating others with such disrespect because of the color of their skin. I disagree with Kenneth when he says “If you want to end racism, stop viewing as a race.” How is ignoring the fact that minorities are being treated poorly and forced to live in the worst areas available going fix the problems our society is currently facing. If anything more people should stand up and speak out against the way they are being treated.

  10. In the article “The Nine Most Segregated Cities in America” the point that racial segregation is much pertinent in our society than most people realize is a fact. From personal experience I cant say that I’m very much aware of how my neighborhood has helped me perceive society. I do believe in the case of racial segregation it can play a very crucial role but I have lived in a pretty racially mixed environment my entire life. Growing up I would get together with a group of about eight other kids every day to go find something new to do or play by the park around my house. Most of us had different ethnic and cultural backgrounds which if anything has kept me open minded but has exposed me very little to racial segregation. I agree with Isaac when he states “If anything has shaped my view on society it is most likely music.” I wouldn’t personally say music specifically for myself but i do agree with what he is saying, that other elements have strongly influenced how I perceive things because racial segregation as never an issue I came face to face. Some people have said that in order to get past racial segregation we must all come together and put it behind us but I really do not think it will ever be that simple. Especially in a place such as the United States where its roots are tainted with discrimination and bias. To much blood has flown and pain inflicted to make a serious change any time soon, but this doesn’t mean we shouldn’t do are best to solve the issue. I just do not believe there will ever be an solution so straight forward.

  11. We are a product of our environment, depending on the position we were born into we have certain advantages and disadvantages. But we also have a say in how these will affect our lives. Some are born into an incredible poverty while others are born with a silver spoon. These people can be successful or unsuccessful, it is a persons decision to live in poverty or to live in richness.

    I am a little excited with the prompt provided for our blog today, for I can brag about my families hard work and achievements. Our success began with my dads mother. A single mother with 4 children and the bread winner nowhere to be found it was quite the dilemma for my grandmother. But instead of letting the disadvantages overwhelm her and send her into a pit of depression and drug addiction she chose to make something of herself. She made money in any way she could.. and then she began to attend school and went to college, then continued to graduate and became a dentist. She then sent off her eldest (My father) to an extremely prestigious college (the name I do not recall). But before he was able to finish school there my grandma took all of them to the united states in order to find better opportunities. Long story short, she ended up with an engineer, a Doctor/sergeant, a successful entrepreneur, and a real estate mogul. My grandma and my dad had no cards on the table but ended up with all the chips. This proves you don’t have to suscept to your environment. I could even get into the story my mom and I endured but that’s much longer and more depressing.

    Yes, my previous environment changes my perception on society, I don’t mean to demean anyone else’s experiences here, but compared to places of poverty in third world countries this place ‘aint shit’. Growing up in such places can be very awakening, seeing drug abuse, gambling addiction, overdose, stabbings, shootings, malnourishment and etc. When I say awakening I mean it gives you a clearer perspective on the world, opening your eyes to things that people don’t see, it’s not that they don’t see it I believe it’s because people refuse to see it. I’m guilty of first world problems every day and I bitch about small things, but I do appreciate everything I have. And I plan to make a difference for my folks who are still struggling. Segregation does exist in america, it’s fairly easy to see the minority is being mistreated. Anyone who argues that it doesn’t exist is joking themselves, they are the origins of segregation. There are biased convictions, while it may sound like they are just complaining, when someone goes to jail for marijuana possession for years and years longer than a person who murders someone on camera, there is a problem. This type of segregation incites anger and violence. It shouldn’t be surprise for the minority to riot in response.

    I agree with Jose when he says, “…that other elements have strongly influenced how I perceive things…” Even though you haven’t personally experienced something does not mean you can’t empathize with it. With my experience in poverty I can apply the sadness I feel and I relate it to the oppression that some people experience. People are suffering on a day to day basis and what is more depressing is that some people act like it isn’t happening.

  12. In the article, “The 9 Most Segregated Cities in America” what caught my attention the most was when the author mentioned, “When you concentrate children with disadvantages in the same classrooms, the whole of instruction becomes remedial and below grade level.” This reminded me of the private school I went to before IPoly; it was in a different city than the one I lived in. I didn’t feel at a disadvantage, but I did feel that my views were completely different than from my fellow classmates. My entire class was filled with rich, white kids that didn’t feel the need to study since their parents would provide for them in the future, but for me that wasn’t an option since my parents worked very hard for me to get a good education; for me to throw that all away would feel selfish.
    I, like a lot of people, grew up in a neighborhood surrounded by people of the same ethnicity; it’s not a bad thing, but I believe it has allowed people to become isolated from other cultures and create stereotypical judgements about each race. I think Jaydalynn said it best, “It is the whole reason why we see society the way we do in the first place. It is the underlying cause of racism and judgement which continues to greatly affect our views and way of thinking.”

  13. In response to the growing gap of segregation present in cities throughout the United States, writers Alexander Kent & Thomas C. Frohlich used statistics and analytical graphs to depict the growing division between black and whites in the article, “The 9 Most Segregated Cities In America.” The environment a person lives in is an inescapable aspect in the way he/she perceives society. The words a beloved parent relays, the opinions of peers, and the bombardment of expectations from the media pressures people to follow an ideal which has developed for centuries. People subconsciously generalize groups of people into one category based on age, race, gender, and even religious status because it is convenient.

    When I was six, I moved to the City of Carson in California which was generally made up of Hispanics and Filipinos. Since I was born in the Philippines, I was obviously surrounded by Filipinos which gave me a culture shock when I moved to the United States when I noticed there were people who did not look like me. It did not alter the way I thought about people instead I found new faces intriguing. When I moved to Baldwin Park, my parents managed to find a house surrounded by families mainly from an Asian (Cambodian, Chinese, and Vietnamese) background despite living in a city predominantly Hispanic. The culture I was mostly familiar with was my own.

    Segregation is a factor in the societal construct of today. Kent and Frohlich explained the root of the segregation phenomenon most likely occurred because of a domino effect which launched during the thirties after black Americans were excluded from the Affordable Housing Act. Prior to this incident, the United States was notorious for excluding minorities after the Civil War by creating laws which demoted colored Americans to second class citizens. I agree with Jose G. statement, “to much blood has flown and pain inflicted to make a serious change anytime soon, but this doesn’t mean we shouldn’t do our best to solve the issue.” Despite the injustice which our ancestors have managed the government can make laws to amend the past. As a whole, society can become more self-aware and regulate social inequalities. After all, if change cannot happen now there is still room for improvement as time progresses.

  14. As long as humans have their five senses intact, as well as most of their brain, humans will judge. Everyone notices differences, and anyone who denies that the differences are there is a liar. Kenneth says in his response “ If you want to end racism, stop viewing as a race. Like Morgan Freeman had stated, “[How are we going to get rid of racism and ….] Stop talking about it.”” I disagree with this statement. Of course there are differences between the races, and for many different reasons. It is okay to acknowledge this, and it should be more acceptable to do so. Where the problem truly lies, is how these differences are being acknowledged. They seem to either be met with race-blindness and ignorance, or with blatant spite and aversion to differences. I believe race can be acknowledged, but it should be celebrated. As long as it is being ignored, more people are going to be left to build their own conclusions, which leads to critical errors of thinking and overgeneralization. The real enemy, is the xenophobia that is being ingrained into our minds with the idea that because one group of people have a certain culture, no one else is allowed to touch it. Obviously you don’t want to act like you own it, but a healthy amount of curiosity is good for the mind.

    Personally, I believe that nature is a more powerful force than nurture. Environment may have some influence, such as what you have access to, but your habits will stay the same no matter where you are. The neighborhood you grew up in will hardly dictate the life you want to lead, not if that life holds any meaning. I am personally in a very unique situation, for I have been on both sides. My birthparents, whom I spent the first few years of my life with, were polar opposites to my current family. I respect them a lot as people, but they were terrible parents. My siblings had to take care of me, because my mother wouldn’t. Our family saw a lot of crime as well, and I was exposed to a lot of things that most people never should. I grew up in a very rough situation, until tragedy took my mother’s life, and I moved in with a different family. I was still very young, so there was no way I could truly understand it all. Living with this family has been very different. They’re very nice people, and very competent parents, but I will always have my differences. Blood will always be thicker than water, and nature will always call me back to the ways of my birth family. My current parents see the best in this world, and they’ve certainly tried to help me see the same, but alas, my skepticism will forever be engrained into my blood, as well as the life that I have not lived. My current family certainly didn’t make things easy for me either, my past was always conversation left avoided. However, with my blood as my compass, nature has led me the to way of my birthparents.

  15. As a little kid growing up, you believe what you see and are more accepting to the people and environment around you in the sense that it becomes a norm, and you believe it is like that for everyone until it is disproved, or you see something different. I agreed with Chanel’s statement when she said, “I believe that nurture, or in this case our surrounding environment, definitely plays a role.” As a little kid you only know what you have experienced, so unless kids have traveled everywhere since they were born and have seen different cultures and communities, then kids believe society is just like how they grew up. I strongly believe that our environments and neighborhoods have played the biggest role in how each individual perceives society, but that’s not to say that our views of the world can’t change.

    I grew up in Chino Hills my whole life, which started out bare, with dirt roads when my parents bought there. I am very thankful to have been able to grow up in a nice safe neighborhood that sheltered me and protected me, but as I grew up and went to schools outside of my city, I saw different communities and gained a greater knowledge of the world around me and how it works, therefore changing my view of the outside world. Starting out in Kindergarten, I remember the teachers asking us what we wanted to be when we grew up, and they would always tell us that we could be whatever we wanted because that is what every kid wants to hear, but in reality it isn’t very realistic because there are so many other people fighting for that dream too that you give up on big dreams like becoming an astronaut because that’s what everyone else is doing. It is sad because if people were born into different circumstances then maybe they could have achieved their big dreams. No matter where you grow up, you look around you and believe that you are no better than the peers around you so if you grow up in a mediocre middle class family then most people just accept that and become middle class citizens like their family. That’s not bad, it is just sad because we don’t believe in our dreams or ourselves anymore. An example of nurture creating this view is that there have been stories of babies being switched at birth, a biological child of a poor to middle class family inherited the family business becoming a CEO of a billion dollar company because he was raised in a rich family whereas the actual biological son went to the other family and became a mechanic or something. Nurture plays a big role in how people see the world and where they think they belong in it.

  16. To be clear, my environment has not played a role in the ways perceive society; however, it has definitely influenced me. I was raised in a Hispanic family where I had to work hard to achieve success. This principle goes back to when my parents were children; they were raised to work arduous hours at home and out in the fields. Fortunately, I did not encounter this particular circumstance, but my parents push me to work hard in every task I endeavor.

    According to the article, “The 9 Most Segregated Cities in America,” writers Alexander Kent and Thomas C. Frohlich discussed how federal segregation policies have negatively affected the economy of African Americans and the racial segregation in U.S. neighborhoods. At one point, the article mentions that “the predominantly nonwhite neighborhoods… have significantly lower educational attainment rates than those of white neighborhoods.” Raised in a Hispanic neighborhood, I believe this statement is accurate because, although I do not go out as much, both of my neighbors are in a similar state with my parents. As children, they did not obtain the sufficient education to excel in a profession; instead, they worked. As a result, when arriving into the U.S., it was difficult for them to apply for well-paying jobs.

    Therefore, segregation has played a factor in my neighborhood. Even though there have been laws and movements that have decreased the severity of this issue, unfortunately, history has left an eternal scar. Like Althaea mentioned, “… if change cannot happen now there is still room for improvement as time progresses.” At this point, people can only hold on to hope and let it lead the way.

  17. Entering the world and growing up you are already presented with external influences, for example, learning a common language and learning how to act around other individuals. If you are surrounded by a certain ethnic or a race you will be more inclined to act the way the people around you do. Its a matter of nature and nurture. As in psychology, if you are nurtured to act a certain way as you grow up it’s most likely because that is the way the person who raised you was nurtured as a child. This states how there are constant influences by our environment. This is where a fine line in segregation happens. The economy adds to this seperation. Just as the article, ” The Nine Most Segregated Countries In America” by Alexander Kent, states, there is a severe separation in economy from suburban areas and central city areas. Depending where you grow up is how you will view the world.

    In my experience, I found out there was a huge difference with society and the way people from different countries think. I grew up in a household that was not as economically sustained , although my parents always did their best to make sure money would not be an obvious issue, it became inevitable to not notice as I became older. Such as the time I realized it wasn’t actually considered a luxury to eat at McDonalds. Its funny, but at the same time so hard to realize that there is such a huge difference in society. Viewing how my life was lived it was normal to find joy in playing with homemade toys because my parents couldn’t afford some. Its how I was raised, and because of those experiences I learned to appreciate the small things and why I am thankful of the things given to me. Because of my experience growing up, I am also very relentless to receive things from other people, I feel as though I am causing a burden for receiving what they have to offer. This is why I have become content with having something for a really long time, its how I feel most comfortable. These experiences have also allowed me to view society with admiration, since I wasn’t able to experience things that others have it has allowed me to admire people who have advanced their life and has shown me an example of what higher class is. I admire people who give me the opportunity to experience something new because it then becomes a learning experience to view how one person lives their life.

    As Bruce stated, “We are a product of our environment, depending on the position we were born into we have certain advantages and disadvantages. But we also have a say in how these will affect our lives. “, we must be able to asses how we will let our experiences affect us. Because of my growth experience I am able to compare how my life should be and be thankful for what it has been. As for segregation and racial discrimination it becomes difficult for someone to accept who they are when they have to be compared to somebody of a higher class. People are treated differently and mocked because they grew up with a different view of luxury, but in the long run, its what we do with those experiences that propell people to their success. If opportunities don’t rise, we hold the ability to make those opportunities available to us. Segregation will always exist, its how our economy works, but its how we perceive it that will advance us or keep us where we are.
    As Romel imposed, “Segregation surly exists, but is it to the extent we think?”

  18. In the article “The Nine Most Segregated Cities in America”, it talks about how segregation still exits in America. My parents have been living in the same house for over twenty years. When my parents first moved in, the majority of the people were white. They said that there were only two Hispanic families living in that block. Each year the Hispanic numbers got bigger and bigger. By the time I grew up, seeing a white family was rare. If you saw one, it was probably that they were lost. Growing up in my neighborhood, I did not really have friends due to the fact that all of the kids were not good people to hang around.
    During my middle school years my parents entered me to a private school in West Covina. There was no dominate race, it was all equally diverse. There was also a diversity of middle and rich class. To answer the prompt I do not believe that my neighborhood has played a role in the way I perceive society. As Isaac said ” If anything has shaped my view on society it is most likely music.” With my case it was not music but it was soccer. My parents wanted my to see more than what my city had to offer and soccer was the way to do it. I have been soccer for about thirteen years and each year I would play in tournaments. These tournaments were held in different cities like Fontana, Chino Hills, Chino, Diamond Bar, and many other cities. With this I was about to see more of what was out there.
    Segregation is still going on out there. Most of us have been segregated one way or another. But I am glad that my parents raised me to see the right and wrong but the question is, When will segregation stop?

  19. I believe my childhood and environment along with neighborhood has played a major role on how I perceive society. We are all nothing but products of our environment.

    Growing up i’ve had a lot of good experiences and bad. Honestly i’m not comfortable sharing many of the things that i’ve experienced growing up. However i’ll say i’ve seen what happens when people are alcoholics or addicted to drugs and or involved with gangs. I’ve had friends buried too young.

    I grew up in a ghetto appartment area down by upland high school. Almost everyday someone was arrested and everyday there was a fight with others watching and betting on who would win. There was people of all races in the apartments Black, white, latino and even asian. There was no segregation where I lived.

    I have seen both sides of segregation. I’ve seen the cop hating minorities and i’ve heard all their opinions along side with witnessing mistreatment of african americans and or other non white races. I’ve also known white and black and many other skin toned officers and or civilians who are on the other side of the segregation.

    In the article The 9 Most Segregated Cities In America by Alexander Kent and Thomas C. Frohlich they bring up many horrific segregation that has taken place in the U.S. For example the exclusion of african american families in suburban homes.

    Even though knowing people of both sides and living in the diverse ghetto area of which I lived I don’t really know my position on this topic. As romel said “And I think it’s so easy for pundits on CNN and high income, well educated children on twitter to generalize a topic like this. But, we would not be human if we thought we knew everything, right? “

  20. Based on my personal experiences, my environment/neighborhood has not played a huge role in the way I perceive society. I live in an area that has a predominantly hispanic and white community, similar to my own ethnicity. Attending a primarily white private school for 9 years shielded me; therefore, I never was exposed to the harsh reality of racial segregation. As a child I thought racial segregation was a thing in the past, and it was not until I discovered social media that changed the way I perceived society.

    Social media opened my eyes to how ignorant I was about the real issues our society is facing today. Social media is a large community that includes people of all races. Through platforms such as Twitter and Youtube, people that experience racial segregation express their views and stories online, this gave me an insight about the world I never experienced. Even though I am not personally affected, it does not mean I do not care. This is an issue that needs to be addressed; however, nothing seems to be done to improve this major fault in society. Isaac states, “If anything more people should stand up and speak out against the way they are being treated”. I agree with Isaac’s statement because nothing can be improved if people do not speak up, even those who are not affected need to stand up for what is right.

  21. The main point of the article, “The 9 Most Segregated Cities In America” is that, in society today there is a lot of racial segregation. In my experience, I do believe my environment has played a role on how I perceive society. Growing up in Pomona, I have always been surrounded mainly by people with the same ethnicity as me. When attending elementary school, my school would usually get the best state test scores in the Pomona district. As a child I would always be happy because we were number one, but then one year my teacher showed the results for the neighboring schools in diamond bar. Being compared to those schools, we were not in first place anymore, my school would be in about fourth place. My teacher said to us, “but do not worry class they are in diamond bar,” being a child I didn’t realize what she meant by that. I now know that she was basically saying those schools are funded better and the students that attend there are smarter because they of how they are raised. Growing up, I have noticed how students who have an easy life, do not always do better in school but it is those who need their education to take them out of that current economic situation they are in.

    I do think the segregation plays a factor because when you grow up surrounded by people with the same ethnicity as you, you are isolated from other cultures. Jaydalynn said, “It is the whole reason we see society the way we do in the first place.” I agree with what she said because if you are surrounded by the same ethnic group, you not going to know what it’s like for everyone else.

  22. I think my environment/neighborhood did have an effect on how I see society, but not a lot. I think it is more the way my parents raised and taught me as I was growing older. Segregation did not play a factor in my life. I am very open to anyone that approaches me. I think it mostly depends on the person itself and what they choose to believe.

    Just to put it out there, I feel a strong negative emotion towards parents who tell their children that they shouldn’t go near someone less talk to them just because they aren’t “white.” For example, I was talking to someone during school and of course we were “different.” When their mom picked them up, I started hearing their mom telling them something in an angry tone. Later that same day, I get a message from them and said that their mom said they should stop talking to me because I looked different. I was shocked. I couldn’t believe a parent actually told their child to stop talking to me just because I was a different race. I was just angry at the mom, but of course they still talked to me. I understand if someone stays away from someone else if they are bad influence on them, but just to avoid that person because of their color, race,ethnicity or sexuality? I consider that nonsense.

    Back in middle school, I had friends who are gay, bisexual, lesbians, Japanese, Vietnamese, Korean, Filipino, Mexican, American, Arabic, and etc. Each and every one of those friends of mine were very accepting of one another. Their parents were a different situation. The parents of my friends who are gay bisexual or lesbian were homophobic. It made me feel very disappointed in them. My friends kept telling me these stories about their parents mouthing-off the LGBT community and their OWN child felt hurt, awkward, and insecure. They knew that they couldn’t tell their parents. They had no support from their parents except for their friends.

    I had other groups of friends that stopped talking to each other because their parents told them they cannot be friend with them just because they are different. I had experienced the same thing of my parents telling me that I should stop talking to some of my friends because they were different from me, but I usually ignored them.

    Collin mentioned, “ Of course there are differences between the races, and for many different reasons. It is okay to acknowledge this, and it should be more acceptable to do so. Where the problem truly lies, is how these differences are being acknowledged.” Just like he said. Embrace the difference in each individual. You would learn different culture, music, food. Clothing and more. And that is what people are missing out when they are segregating themselves from other people. Just because they are different. People who are raised on a very segregated home are missing a lot of experiences that deal with difference. Those kind of people usually grow ignorant, not all of them, but most of them. And I see that as a sad thing. I cannot believe people are still doing this just because someone does not look,act or think like them.

  23. The environment you are raised in definitely defines how you see society. I grew up with a very conservative strict view of society. When I was three, my dad told me people with tattoos were all bad people that would steal and kill me just as soon as they would say hello. The next day, my mom had to pin me down to stop me from calling 911 when I saw a dad coming to pick up his son from my mom’s baby sitting service and I noticed the tattoos on his leg. My neighbors were considered bad influences, because they were either Hispanic or Democratic.
    I grew up believing that I was better than others, because I was a Christian Republican good pure child. I never challenged these views, never questioned them. I was raised in largely white communities, and the neighbors that we had that were Hispanic were just sort of ignored. I grew up with a racism that’s worse than the KKK southern style that seems so prominent. I grew up with a subliminal racism, some sort of subconscious belief I was better just because I was told so.
    When I was five, I moved to Chino and my best friends were a Mexican-Japanese boy and another white kid. Guess which ones my parents approved of more? But by then I was starting to slip from their grasp, and see the world from my own eyes, my own beliefs. Everyone was equal, and everything was good.
    At school, I ran through a grassy field with friends of all colors and genders and beliefs. At home, my mom says she just wants a nice white neighborhood.
    At school, I sit and talk with some of my friends and learn about homosexuality and bisexuality and being transgender and all these new concepts I’ve never heard of before. At home, my aunt calls to tell my dad to stop using a certain shampoo because they had a gay couple in the commercial.
    I grew up with segregation forced down my throat in a candy coating, making me think it was natural. Fine, even. I agree with Bruce when he says “We are a product of our environment, depending on the position we were born into we have certain advantages and disadvantages.” I had the advantage of rarely seeing crime, and, despite the rather problematic upbringing, it made me feel optimistic. Of course, it was wrong to teach me the things I was taught. But I saw how safe and nice my community was, and I loved it. I loved my parents, and saw nothing wrong with them at the time. They were my parents and I was a young impressionable child, why would I see anything wrong with them? To quote a show, BoJack Horseman, “You know, it’s funny; when you look at someone through rose colored glasses all the red flags just look like flags.” With unbridled optimism, you can’t always see the flaws.
    In “The 9 Most Segregated Cities in America”, Alexander Kent and Thomas Frohlich repeatedly mention how racial segregation has declined drastically (one only has to look at the 60’s to see just how much it has), but still exists. And looking back, in almost eighteen years, I’ve never once lived in a community that has a black family, or a nonwhite majority. Whether this is because of housing values and African Americans being subject to institutionalized racism, or my parents own choice, one thing is for sure: Things have to change.

  24. In the article The 9 Most Segregated Cities In America by Alexander Kent and Thomas C. Frohlich, they talk about an experiment that analyzed the residential segregation in large metropolitan areas. After reading this article I have come to realize that although, people have fought so hard in the past for desegregation we haven’t entirely achieved it. I believe that the sole reason for this is because of the economy. The article stated “For example, in the last 60 years, black families were intentionally excluded from affordable housing options across the nation’s growing suburban neighborhoods. As a result, the predominantly black zip codes in America’s most segregated metro areas tend to be located near the city centers, while the predominantly white zip codes are more often found outside the city, in the suburbs.” These sentences prove that the the segregation is due to people’s financial stability.

    In regards to the prompt I believe that the cities I have grown up in play a huge role in how I perceive society today. I completely agree with Alex Falk when he stated, “We are all nothing but products of our environment.” Our environment from when we are little are crucial factors as to how we view society today. This is because when we are young our cognitive ability to learn is at it’s greatest and we adapt to what we are surrounded by, whether it’s a good society or a bad society. My mother stated “It’s not until we are adolescents that we begin to realize the type of society we grew up in.”

    I grew up in Baldwin Park California a small suburban city not well known by many. It is also primarily home to a majority of hispanic population. It can also be described as economically challenged. Growing up in this area was normal to me and I didn’t know any different. As of now I still don’t know any different living in San Bernardino County one of the poorest counties in California.

  25. My perception of society has been heavily impacted by both the neighborhoods I grew up in and the ones I wished I could live in. I saw my own run-down street and compared it to “white neighborhoods” not far off from my own. The fact that these streets were so close to each other puzzled me. How could two completely different worlds exist in one city?

    My own neighborhood was made up of families with similar socio-economic and educational backgrounds. Many didn’t go to college or have high paying jobs. Therefore, their opportunities and dreams were severely limited. Looking back now, I see that their limitations not only affected them but their offspring. The thing about poverty is that it is a vicious cycle to get out of especially when you have no access to the outside world. To hear someone saying that people are living in poverty out of choice or because they aren’t working hard enough makes me really upset. It is true that in some cases people have been able to escape the dark streets of poverty because of their determination and strength.Still, there are also the thousands upon thousands of people who stay in poverty no matter all the hard work and grit they put in. The truth of the matter is that the American dream of reaching riches through hard work is not for everyone. The country we all love and call our home doesn’t give minorities the same opportunities it gives others. This is mainly due to the perceptions others carry of groups usually found in poverty-stricken areas. As Chanel said, “.. society has taught people to associate an (x) person with (a,b,c) characteristics…”With those perceptions in mind, it makes sense to see segregated areas in the U.S.

    That is not to say that people belonging to minority groups should not work hard because the odds are not in their favor. If anything it should serve as motivation to prove those unfair perceptions wrong. In my case, I know it has been demoralizing to see that no matter the amount of hours my parents put in, they’re still not able to live a more comfortable life. Still, I continue on my journey in school in attempt to break the chains of poverty that seem to follow. I believe that if our society truly wants to rid itself of segregation, we need to admit that our perceptions of each other are wrong. Instead of focusing on our differences, we should focus on how to bridge those differences.

  26. Needless to say, racial segregation in communities is prevalent, and the degree to its prevalence depends on a specific community. Racial segregation among neighborhoods can definitely influence a person’s views on society, as it did mine from my own experiences.

    For most of my childhood, I grew up in the predominantly Hispanic community of La Puente. I attended a Catholic school from kindergarten through eighth grade where 95% of the students at the school were Hispanic. Taking into consideration that young minds develop and flourish in the classroom, I now acknowledge that being in a classroom with the same thirty students for nine years has had an immense affect on the way that I perceived myself: the same as everyone else. By this, I mean that I never felt out of place because it seemed like everyone around me had the same tan complexion as I did. Being at an unofficial racially segregated institution for nine years of my life was one of the most unfortunate things for me to have experienced. As a young girl attending this school, I always thought that it was for the best that all my friends were Mexican just like I was. In retrospect, I would have liked to had interactions with kids from more than my own ethnicity, to provide myself with a sense of diversity.

    As mentioned in the article, “Segregation along racial lines is also associated with income segregation.” This is especially true from what I experienced living in La Puente; as I grew older, I would come to realize that the neighborhood I was living in was considered to be a poor neighborhood congregated by mostly Hispanics, many of which were undocumented laborers. I began to take note of the many derogatory terms directed at the people of my ethnicity and realized that those “wetbacks” and “grass-cutters” were my neighbors. I could not stand the idea of having my family labeled as “the poor Mexicans in La Puente” because I knew their worth. My parents had worked hard to give my brother and I the opportunities they never had, and to this day I am determined to succeed in life through my education so that I can one day repay my parents for everything they have sacrificed for me.

    Yes, racial segregation still prevails, despite the fact that our history books teach us that racial segregation has been out ruled in our country since the Civil Rights Movement. As Jennifer said, “Segregation will always exist, its how our economy works, but its how we perceive it that will advance us or keep us where we are.” I don’t know that I can foresee a time when it will not exist in our country and in our communities, as long as the misconceptions held by society remain stagnant.

  27. The article, “The 9 Most Segregated Cities in America” talks about the decline in segregation in the nation. Although racism and segregation is in decline it’s still present all across the nation. I’ve experienced this at a very young age.
    I’ve lived in Pomona all my life, when my parents finally settled in they had me and two years later my brother. My neighborhood where I grew up in was predominately Latino/Hispanic, everyone spoke Spanish. Even the flag salute at the preschool I went to was recited in Spanish. It was hard growing up in this community; I was always being singled out for being the only Asian. I felt outcasted and alone, I didn’t make any friends up until middle school. Middle school much easier for me, students there were more diverse and everyone was different, I started to open up more and made friends. The community I lived in did have a great impact on my life, like what Alex Falk said, “We are all nothing but products of our environment.” It affects the friends and choices I make, and the path I choose.

  28. Growing up I believe the environment I grew up in really did not play a major role in the way I view society. From what I remember I grew up in a very mixed apartment complex in which all races got along fine. I remember in school my class was mixed and one of my first friends in kindergarten was a girl named Taylor who was African American. In fact I never witnessed any instances of segregation throughout any of my years in elementary school and junior high. At the time of course I was too young to understand the meaning of racial segregation but looking back, the environment and neighborhood I grew up in did not in any way give me the impression that racial segregation was an issue and just like Cassie had mentioned, I too did not realize the extent of the issue until I was introduced to social media.
    Nowadays it is so common to log on to twitter and see videos of police brutality against minorities, trending hashtags for movements such as “black lives matter,” stories of people dealing with racial comments, the list goes on. Looking back on how and where I was raised it seemed like these issues did not exist because I was never exposed to it, but it just shows how much someone can be shielded from depending on their environment and neighborhood. As Cassie stated in her post, “Even though I am not personally affected, it does not mean I do not care. This is an issue that needs to be addressed; however, nothing seems to be done to improve this major fault in society,” which I definitely agree is true. Even though people in society may not be directly affected, we have to stand up for what is right and the issue of racial segregation is a major issue that cannot be fixed unless people get involved.

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