Campus News Blog: International Struggle for Racial Diversity

April 30, 2010 by · Comments Off 

Posted by Kathryn Sharkey

I was shocked to see this article show up on MSNBC a couple weeks ago talking about a school district in Mississippi ordered to stop segregating its students.

Weren’t there laws passed to stop segregation in the 1960s and 1970s? How, in 2010, is it still possible for things like this to happen? I thought that we as a nation had made such great strides in being more diverse and accepting of that diversity. This just shows how much further the U.S. has to go in becoming more accepting of racial diversity.

The untold story here, however, is how America is not alone in its continuing struggle with diversity.

While I was studying abroad in Denmark, there was a heated debate going on about immigrants. My host family explained to me that Denmark is one of the top nations people go to seeking asylum and many of those people are Middle Eastern.

These immigrants struggle to assimilate into a nation that is primarily white and Danish and end up in the lower classes of society.

This got me thinking about other nations.

India has a caste system and the poorer, lower castes tend to be those of a darker complexion, which makes sense because the lower paying jobs involve hard labor out in the sun. A friend of mine studied abroad in Kenya where immigrants from India dominated the upper levels of society and the indigenous Africans were in the lower levels of society.

From my own experiences and the experiences of those around me, it seems that racial problems are not just in the United States- it is a world wide struggle to become more accepting of those with a different skin color.