The older I get, the more I learn that people tend to stick together based on race and ethnic background, a situation shown in the documentary “Separate and Unequal.”
Though the idea of white flight seems ludicrous to me, the ugly truth is that people attempt to isolate themselves based on race and ethnicity. I have always been one to challenge those boundaries and I am thankful to have had the confidence to do so.
From a young age, I knew I was different. I grew up in a predominantly white town and went to a predominantly white school in Cromwell, Connecticut, but I never fit in. I knew early that I valued culture and experience more than I valued statistics, and so I begged my parents to send me to a high school that offered more diversity than my small town.
My parents listened and opted to send me to a private school that was open to people of all backgrounds, which made me the person I am today. There are a numerous positive affects of sending children to schools that are racially diverse. Students who are a product of racially diverse classrooms develop better critical thinking and problem-solving skills, as well as a deeper understanding of social injustices, which leads to a decrease in racism as adults.
Being in a diverse environment leads to an open mind, and having an open mind creates a well-rounded, intelligent individual. We live in a diverse country, so having a desegregated school system is integral to a student’s success as an adult.