Perspectives on Race

A Discussion about Events Concerning Race

Segregation by the lunch ladies

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I was thinking earlier about high school. The lunch ladies in the cafeteria would have lunch before  all the students. I went in there a few times for one reason or another and always noticed how the lunch ladies would essentially segregate themselves. In the long tables, the African American ladies would sit on one side and the white (or white hispanic) ones would sit all the way on the other side. This made me think about instances where racism or segregation is second nature and accepted by people. The lunch ladies didn’t mind that they were separated. In fact, I’m sure they even preferred it that way. But in retrospect, all students are taught about equality and integration and all that jazz, but even students are guilty of this de facto segregation. We all saw in our school different groups that seemed to only consist of one race…

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Written by dippity09

January 25, 2010 at 12:39 pm

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  1. You have a very good point, but maybe those women(like you said) are just more comfortable sitting and eating with one another. Maybe each group of lunch ladies know one another outside of work and live in the same neighborhood, are the same class. Did you ever think that maybe those lunch ladies who are white come from a lower working class than those ladies who are black. Ultimately, i agree with you and how segration is bad and is essentially everywhere, even after we are taught as children that it is wrong. Yet, put yourself in each and one of those cafeteria’s shoes. Wouldn’t you want to sit with whoever you felt comfortable, where they were tha same race as you or not!?

    jeanliiping

    January 26, 2010 at 4:55 pm


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