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Throughout most of my school years, before attending MCTC, I had
never experienced inter-racial schooling. I went to a small high school
with about twenty minority students. These students were not outcasts they
were treated as any other non-minority student. Therefore, I had little
experience with minorities in a non-minority school. After the speech that
was given by Michael Jefferson, I was more informed on the effects of
stereotyping of minority students in a non-minority school.
Stereotyping may cause students and teachers to view minority
students on a non-minority campus as inferior. This may cause some
teachers or faculty members to believe that these minority students are not
as capable of achieving the same quality of work as non-minority students.
Scholarships are sometimes given out to non0minority students due to their
racial background. I suppose this happens due to the stereotype of
minority students not being capable of the educational work as that of
other students. Classroom behavior toward minority students may be shown
in appropriate, and/or unrecognized. For instance, a teacher may call on a
non-minority student before a minority student. The teacher may pick on
the non-minority due to a belief that these students care about their
schooling, whereas minority students are being pre-judged without the
chance to really learn. Some people even believe that combining the
different minorities may cause problems.
Combining minority with non-minority students can create some
conflict. Some non-minority students, this attitude of aggression may be
brought on by "close-minded" non-minority students. These students let
their attitude take over their learning time, by worrying about the other
minority students. Each student, whether thy be minority or non-minority,
must put their mind on learning than on another minority on the campus.
Some students may see that combining minority with non-minority students,
as a way of learning about different people and their cultures. I f
students would open their eyes as they do their ears for learning, students
would see a whole new possibility of meeting others, not minding if they
are a minority or not. These students should also learn to use their own
ideas, and not always to believe in the media point of view.
Today the media is a major source of minority and non-minority
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stereotyping. Many different types of people watch television and listen
to the radio and here or see racist and other type of stereotypical
messages. Students take this information, treating minorities as inferior.
This message may make a child that is of a minority that is put down by a
television show feel depressed or even get violent because of these
messages. So minority and non-minority students need to break through
these stereotypes and be themselves. The only truth is the truth that lies
in a person.
Both minority and non-minority students are affected by
stereotyping, may it be at home, school, the work place, or in every day
life. This may cause limits on learning the truth about one another,
communicating, and thoughts on education. Each student must clear their
mind off all stereotypes, and be open minded to different cultures and
different walks of life. This would bring many different forms of
education, along with clear new ideas having minority and non-minority
students educate one another and others around them to the truths of life.
Stereotyping would soon vanish. This would leave the possibility of a free
truthful life for every man and women in the world.