Jennifer: A Racial Vignette Essay

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Jennifer is a Caucasian American female who is moving away from her friends and family to attend college. Leaving one’s friends and family is a situation that many may struggle with. There were certain aspects of Jennifer’s life that could eventually impede her from fully adapting to her new college environment. The most significant aspect is the fact that Jennifer has not been away from home a lot with the exception of two vacations. Though vacationing can be a good way to become more cultured, she has never been away from her family, or far from her home town. Jennifer is from Winslow, Maine (usa.com). The city of Winslow is a predominantly Caucasian American area, and the areas she has visited on vacations are not far from there and …show more content…
Jennifer has not had the opportunity to be around other cultures, so her natural reaction to other cultures, behaviors was to speak badly of the observed behavior and to stereotype the behavior. Jennifer mentioned that she does not understand why all the black people have to hang out together all the time. Instead of making it a situation where she separates herself from them, she could have interacted with them and made judgments based on experience instead of on assumptions. Since Jennifer has not had many experiences dealing with racial differences she does not understand the norms of different cultures and she is oblivious to subtle racist comments. From the information given in Jennifer’s case, one could conclude that she has an egocentric view on the world. Jennifer taking on an egocentric view is evident when she mentions that Kerri’s things were all over “her” room. Though Kerri and Jennifer were roommates and share the room, Jennifer referred to the room as her own. Another situation in which Jennifer showed her egocentrism occurred when she had a conversation with her mother and she mentioned how Kerri only hangs out with her black friends. This was interesting to me because Kerri has invited Jennifer to hang out with her, but she has declined. Jennifer told her mom that she wished Kerri would hang out with her more, but she felt Kerri to be more comfortable with her black friends. She failed to mention

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