Perspectives on Race

A Discussion about Events Concerning Race

segregation? oops.

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I volunteer at Rawlings elementary here in Gainesville. Every week we do activities with the kids. These activities are meant to be constructive and educational. The picture I posted on here was one I was tagged in on Facebook. The banner/poster we’re holding up is a crayon box, symbolic of how it takes many colors to make a box complete, much like how it takes people of every race and color to make the world go round. One of my friends saw this picture on Facebook and immediately sent me a message in all caps that said “SEGREGATION,” with a link to this picture. At first I was confused, and then I realized that there are white people on one side of the poster and black people on the other. I couldn’t help but laugh at this because it was completely unintentional. It was very ironic, however, that we were segregated by the poster representing -blindness. It’s a perfect depiction of our society and how we claim to believe one thing and do another. Just as no one thought anything of this picture and the obvious segregation, many people think nothing of the segregation in our neighborhoods and in society in general.


Written by lehnertsl

February 19, 2010 at 4:11 pm

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  1. This is a good example of naturalization, a concept of colorblindness brought up in “Racism without Racists”…the book describes it as an excuse for whites to dismiss racism by saying that people stick to their own kind and such, but as a Psychology Major I can say with full confidence that people DO attract to likenesses in other people: whether it’s race, hobbies, hair color, similar names, whatever…people subconsciously “flock” to similar beings, it isn’t intentional, it’s human nature. These are the more difficult, grounded, deep-rooted habits that need to be broken.


    February 19, 2010 at 4:15 pm

  2. Lol…this is ironic. In your situation I highly doubt that the segregated thing is done on purpose. I have seen things like this happening a lot. The similar situation happened to me when I was volunteering at a daycare.


    February 20, 2010 at 3:20 am

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