Hello, i'm going to be a senior in high school and throughout my 3 years there, one thing i've noticed is the extreme racism in my school. my school isn't in the south or any of the places that people assume that racism is prevalent; its in Queens, NYC.
i came to my school in 9th grade and was the only new kid. Immediately i realized that the classrooms were devided into the white(popular) kids, the latino/ african american kids, and the indians. these 3 groups were always separated in every class, lunchroom and everything else.
I'm indian, but when i came i didn't sit with the other indians but with the whites because they were more open and talkative(like me). i soon became friends with that particular group. Then though, the other indians started calling me a traitor, but it didn't bug me. My (white) freinds would always talk about how they hated the indians and wanted them gone. they would say they smell and are "dirty" (right in front of me). they told me i was somehow different, but i really don't understand how. i started talking to the indians then, and realized they weren't any different from the whites.
When i started going out with an el salvadorian girl, i realized that there no different either(keep in mind that this was a big revelation to me then). I never understood, and still don't understand, why the races are separate in high school. Everyone supposed to get along as we're just kids. Everyone's the same and whenever i ask someone why they don't like a paticular race they say, "I just don't like them." The white kids can never fully explain why they don't like indians, they just keep on saying they smell.
My best guess is the culture and households. My parents always told me to stick with indians as everyone else is a bad influence. My neighbor whose italian always complains about african amercians and says they're "sub-human."
I just can't fully understand how a bunch of kids (we're still kids in high school) can be so racist with no reason for it. What do you think?
*sorry for the really long post