Davina Nicole Chambers
Self-segregation is not a natural phenomenon. It is often forced upon humans one way or another. In the article, “By Third Grade, Black Students Who Self Segregate Are More Popular”, children are forced to self-segregate in order to protect themselves from being labeled by their classmates as, “unpopular.” Wenda Van Der Lan Bouma-Doff examines segregation in the housing systems of America in which authority figures force minorities to live in poorer areas with other subgroups in order to keep White America satisfied. Emileigh Rohn sings a song entitled “Isolated”, about being segregated against, leaving her no choice but to live in a world of isolation. In all these examples, different forms of self-segregation are displayed, all forced upon human beings by the troubles of society. In the article, “By Third Grade, Black Students Who Self Segregate Are More Popular”, Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman discuss how students practice segregation as part of the process of gaining their identity. Scholars at the University of Illinois surveyed 757 kids at nine elementary schools across the state. They were in grades two to five. The scholars asked the children many different questions about who their best friend was, who they liked to play with, who was nice, and who in their class was mean. Although none of the questions had to do with race, the researchers learned that Black kids who self-segregate are more popular than Black kids who have white friends. This led to the conclusion that one could gain popularity by hanging out with his or her “own kind”. If a Black child chooses to have a White friend, she would be putting her popularity at risk, but most kids do not have the confidence to make that kind of choice at that age.
After these results, the scholars ran the analysis a second time. This time, they substituted how much kids were liked for how popular they...