Growing up, I went to an elementary school and middle school that both were fairly racially equal, exposing me to different races and cultural backgrounds. However, I can vividly remember the comments people would say to me and my family when we were making the decision to go to a different high school than that of many of my peers. Things like, "you don't want to go there, there's too many black people" and "you'll end up in a trash can and be the little white kid nobody talks to" are among the most memorable things people would say to us.
None of these things happened. I chose to go to the high school that was out of my district because it offered the International Baccalaureate program, consisting of academically challenging college prep curriculum. Only about 15 of the people from my middle school in my grade made this same decision, and because it was a city school, I did not know many of the students there. I didn't get beaten up, and I can't ever recall a time where my body met the trashcan. In fact, many of the people who I did encounter problems with, were ones I had attended middle school with and not that it should matter, but they were the same race as me.
It still concerns me to this day that people were so worried about me going to a school where for once in my life, I'd be the minority. I find it funny how it's a crime to become socially and culturally diverse. People told me I'd end up being a pregnant teenager, and that students at my school got in a fight on the daily, and this was assumed because my school was predominately black. The truth is, it was completely close-minded and ludicrous for them to believe that attending an inner-city school meant I'd become pregnant, something that none of my peers ever forced on me. What, being black means you're automatically going to become a pregnant teenager? No, it doesn't. But unfortunately it means you do face the judgement and the stereotypes that people had placed on both my peers and my school. With this, we had an average amount of fights as any other school where
I attended a racially isolated school, but I didn't get pregnant and my skin color did not change. What did change, was my perspectives on the world. I went to that high school and I found myself more accepted than ever before. I was no longer bullied over my weight or the clothes I wore, and I had a fresh start and got to meet some life-changing people. I learned that there were more important things than buying the most expensive clothes, and I also learned that racism is much too prevalent in such a progressive world. In my town, schools are segregated because people are close-minded and still caught up on things that are irrelevant. Maybe if they were more focused on their own and their