English 7 Essay 1 - Martinez 1 Professor Strachan Critical...

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Martinez 1 Professor Strachan Critical Thinking 6 March, 2007 Essay 1 Throughout my life I have been making assumptions about people based on what they look like, what race or ethnicity they are, and what little information I knew about them. By being segregated from other kids in school it made it so that I began to make assumptions about them and them about me. I assumed that since we didn’t have much interaction they didn’t want to interact with me and they assumed that because I looked a certain way I belonged to a certain group. These assumptions led me to a recent event that opened my eyes and made me realize how wrong I was to assume something about someone before taking the chance to know them. It was at a party where interacting with people of different race that made me and others analyze the assumptions that we had on each other. As early as elementary school I could remember how we divided ourselves into social and racial groups and also how the teachers separated us from the English speaking kids and the non-English speaking kids. We were always in two, the Anglo and the Hispanic group with very little interaction between the two and sometimes during class time we were divided into the English speaking and the non speaking groups. This kind of separation caused tension between the two even as I continued into middle school and high school. As tensions grew and we remained divided, I began to make assumptions that the Anglo students didn’t want to interact with us Hispanics and we didn’t want to interact with them either. As I grew older I began to lose some of those assumptions,
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