As a Caucasian raised in the suburbs, I recognize that I don’t have much authority when it comes to racial issues. When we moved to Detroit, we became the minorities for the first time in our lives. There’s been talk about how younger generations are “post racial,” but that’s not clear to me here in Detroit, where segregation is still the norm.
Here, the segregation occurs between the city and suburbs. I really want a more diverse experience for my children and I know that their experience will be undoubtedly different from mine. But, so far, my kids are living in two different worlds. In the city, we’re exposed to one culture, and when we visit our family and friends in the suburbs, we see a different monoculture. It would be great to have both come together, but when it comes to things like this, I can be a little naive.
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You bring up an interesting point. Most people do not realize just how segregated Detroit an the out-lying suburbs really are. This is something that we have wrestled with as parents (and people) as well. We parented children (booth AA and W) for years in Southfield…where our white children were a minority and our AA were a majority in school. Now we live just North in one of the few diverse suburbs, yet the AA population is growing but is still in the minority. However, we like the fact that here our children are exposed many different cultures, ethnicity(s) and religions, but still not quite as diverse as we would like.
Even for me, who has navigated these two distinctly different world most of my life, it at times feels surreal…and somehow unfair.
Thanks for the insight, Sunday. It sounds like you have a lot more experience with this than most of us.