Response To The Black Table English Essay

729 Words Dec 24th, 2014 3 Pages
Zalman Babekov
English
September 7, 2014

Response to The 'Black Table' Is Still There 14 Years Later
Re- Written Version In my own words I would say Lawrence Otis Graham lived in a different time period then we do now. What he interpreted as racism in fact in my opinion is what we today would call peer pressure. In high school it is hard to find friends. There are o many people to chose from, so many backgrounds and nationalities. If you think about it a high school is just a melting pot of kids under one roof. With that being said it is normal for kids of that age to form friendships and groups known as cliques. Psychologically speaking a human chooses friends to make a companion ship with someone whom they are interested in and
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In the case of Otis, he followed his heart and what felt comfortable to him the same way every other kid at that high school did. The difference is however that when Otis was in High school segregation was common and that thought created tension amongst the kids. Today however is a different world.
It is normal for school kids to isolate and form “cliques” or groups that supports itself through similar ideations and lifestyles, which are highly influenced by their cultures, backgrounds or similar circumstance. White kids with white kids, Asians with Asians, pot smokers with pot smokers, gangsters with gangsters, this is what is normal at a high school. Back when Mr. Graham went to high school segregation was still a large influence on high schools. I just feel that the segregation of groups would happen regardless, even back when Graham went to high school the black table who criticized him for being a “Oreo” where sitting together because they shared the same interests and beliefs, no different then how they do today. That falls into my experience in high school where I as a Jewish teenager hung out with predominantly Jewish kids. We were a family who did everything together. Played basketball in the parks to sneaking out of the house and even cutting class. i liked them because we all had common interest and coming from family’s who are Jewish escaping from

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