My experiences with Minorities Vs. Non-Minorities

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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.


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


        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,