Joliet West’s Diversity

In the United States race has always been a major issue because of its diversity. Society only takes note on the skin color of others and criticizes based on stereotypes given to the particular race. An individual’s skin color or culture impacts the way humanity treats them. I have experienced racism and witnessed it by others. Reflecting my own personal experiences I have begun to notice that a major controversy is present depending on the types of individuals a person may be surrounded by.

When I initially attended Joliet West I would constantly get questioned if I was from Gompers only for the reason that I appeared Hispanic. According to numerous students, individuals who arrive from Gompers are ghetto and either Hispanic or African American. However those who come from Troy are conceited and Caucasian. When beginning high school each individual was given a label based on the school they were from and the color of their skin. Although as a result of the fact that Joliet West has numerous types of races, students rapidly began to adapt to being in a diverse school. I am certain that an exceeding amount of students has recognized and accepted that not everybody will appear similar; that not everyone comes from the same place and will be amazed by the contrasting places that several come from, especially the individuals in Joliet.

Although even in a school as diverse as Joliet West it doesn’t automatically propose that racism doesn’t occur. On the contrary, students still judge others based on their culture or on their skin color. In the hallways, I always hear comments such as “He’s so Mexican he should go back to Mexico”, “She’s a basic white girl”, or “Black people are so ghetto”. Joliet West students accept the diversity of the school, but it doesn’t necessarily mean students aren’t being put into society’s premade classifications. It’s challenging to minimize the labels considering the influences individuals receive from other places such like social media and school or home environments. The students must have a greater suitable understanding that in the U.S. there is not one superior race. America at no time has been just one single race even if few like to believe otherwise.

As I mentioned in the beginning, an individual’s understanding of races can depend on one’s surrounding of various kinds of people, their location is key. The location of oneself does impact their personal views on races and whether or not one is more open in being with others. An individual who isn’t necessarily surrounded by other races may not accept others who are different. Nevertheless, a student at Joliet West comprehends that one doesn’t need to be a certain skin color to be considered an American. One certain concept is that race has continuously been a primary concern and will certainly not be completely solved, particularly when there are several individuals opposed to tolerating particular races. America will constantly have those who believe one single race will improve this country. On the other hand, there will continually be those who believe the United States is superior based on their acceptance of individuals from all over the world.

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