When i think about race and ethnicity i am amazed how much peoples thoughts have changed when they get older. When i think back the the kid years, where it didn’t matter what your skin color was or what you looked like, you were just another kid to play with at recess. But as we got older things started to change for some reason and now that i think about it, i noticed that people began to hangout with mostly their own race.
I feel that this happened because as everyone gets older, peoples eyes begin to widen and they begin to look at things that didn’t really matter to them years before. Once they notice the race difference, people are more comfortable hanging out with people that are like them. Once these groups have been made, it is hard for outsiders or people of a different race to enter these groups. These groups then start to stereotype the other groups.
To me race has never been something that chose my friends. Growing up i have had friends that are all different races, and we are still friends to this day. I truly believe that race has nothing to do with a persons identity, because i have met people of all different races and they act different from another person who is the same race as them. The things that create your identity are your surroundings. As humans, we are ALL more alike then we are different (Silverman Rader 267). I feel that it is a waste of time judging people on their skin color when there is a good chance they are much like yourself.