Cliques: A School Divided

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Cliques: A School Divided

Dakari Thomas

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How come in a school so united, the classes are so divided? At Whitney Young, there are only six grade levels, but why are there divisions in each class? Junior Siauna Respress ‘20 says, “I think that the racial divide is a pretty big barrier that sets our class apart.” When we are afraid to test new boundaries and expose ourselves past the norm, we stick to what we are most comfortable with, which is what looks like us. This is only one of the multiple people stating that race sometimes plays an important part in who people surround themselves with. Some students don’t want to try meeting other people because of the negative possibilities that can occur. Senior Eve Taylor ‘19 stated, “When there are so many interests in a single class, it becomes hard to get to know everyone and form friendships due to the likelyhood you will only see them 3-5 times a week.” This is true because in such a big community, it becomes difficult to get to know everyone. This problem occurs in places all over as people form cliques and leave others to find friends, instead of forming a welcoming community. So today, I suggest you open your mind and meet new people.

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