Diversity Is Common, But Not Widespread

1543 Words Apr 30th, 2016 7 Pages
I come from a place where diversity is common, but not widespread. In my immediate group of in-state, in-city friends, I have not one who is a person of color. Before I ever even began to so much as think about race, I began my first relationship. At age sixteen, I was exposed to interracial dating. My girlfriend was online, so once again my in group stayed 100% white without a second thought. My best friend today is someone who I met online. She is an immigrant from Mexico, and it was my friendship with her that opened my eyes to an entire world of ethnicity, diversity, and equality (or lack thereof). An underlying, unconscious sense of fear, or a set of stereotypes perhaps led me to be friends with only people who were “like me” until I was older. Wanting to belong to a group of people that I share traits with, as a white person, is marginally easier. With white being the majority, it was no struggle to find people with my skin color. A fear of having authority threatened combined with a conscious or unconscious racial-bias leads white people to stray away from “outsiders” to some degree. In some ways, it is more common than not, that even when white people do have friends of color, one may find it difficult to know boundaries. For centuries, the idea that white people do not have to talk about race has been perpetuated. Many proposed theories explain how and why this may come about, and I find that the contact theory and white fragility…
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