The Diversity Of A Black Middle Class Essay

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Growing up a Caucasian, upper middle-class child in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, I remember experiencing a sense of perplexity every time I visited my neighborhood grocery store. While one side of the store served a demographic population similar to my own, the other side catered to the low-income, predominately African American population located in the adjacent neighborhood. My grocery store represented the diversity of my city, causing me to question why such diversity did not exist in my educational experience. My parents, like many financially able families in my area, sent me to a private college preparatory school to avoid the failing school system in East Baton Rouge Parish. While my school’s white population totaled eighty percent, Caucasian children represented the minority group in my neighborhood public school. As I first recognized de facto school segregation, I struggled with the idea of my own privilege, as I came to understand how my parents’ freedom to choose my private schooling set me up for a level of success that students could not easily achieve within Baton Rouge public schools. I apply to Vanderbilt’s Community Research and Action program with the hope to examine how personal agency impacts school segregation in otherwise integrated urban communities and to research the efficacy of non-profit community empowerment programs in strengthening school accountability and reintegrating public schools.
As an aspect of my coursework in political science and…

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