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Mears: Self-segregation issue among students inevitable, reversible

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Published: Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Updated: Tuesday, November 6, 2012 01:11

Provided by Morgan Mears

Provided by Morgan Mears

Looking around Sam Houston State University, many people would agree that we are a diverse group of students from right here in Huntsville to foreign exchange students from many places across the world.

In 2011, the student population was mostly comprised of 61.4 percent white, 16.5 percent Hispanic, 15.5 percent black, and 1.3 percent Asian.

While our population is diverse, as students we tend to segregate into different groups across campus.

Everyone knows that if something is going on around campus, the first place to check is the mall area in front of the LSC. However, when groups arrange themselves and set up their tables for handing out flyers and bake sales, it’s as if there’s an invisible line dividing the mall area with white students’ tables on one side and black students’ tables on the other side.

There isn’t a rule at SHSU or an actual line that states students must segregate and table on separate sides of the mall area according to their race. We, inevitably, do this ourselves.

When you look at the group of friends a student has, the majority of their friends are made up of the same race. From classes to parties, we all tend to hang out with people of the same race, not because we are racist, but simply because we go with the familiar.

If a student grew up only having friends of the same race or in a neighborhood that was exclusively people of the same race, then they are more likely to hang out with those of the same race. We do it because “normalcy” is what we feel most comfortable with.

We are not taking advantage of experiencing diversity when it comes down to it. We spend our time with those who we feel most comfortable with. In many cases, it tends to be those of the same race.

Students at SHSU need to stop self-segregating in order for our school to truly become a “diverse population of students.” One way to stop self-segregating would be for students to join a club or an organization that is not composed solely of their own race.

Students should join something for the fun of it rather than join because most of the people are of the same race or from the same place.

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