Who makes it to the rooftop? A perspective of how social class and race play pivotal roles in shared experiences.

As I was sipping my delicious peach cream martini from the rooftop of a prominent bar in Manhattan I glanced around and noticed that most people, lucky enough to enjoy this experience, were, or appeared to be, white. It’s truly a small percentage considering the hundreds of people that walk the streets of New York City, not to mention the amount of diversity amongst pedestrians!

There are obvious factors to take into account, such as the possibility that the faces making an appearance on the rooftop are mostly those of tourists, although I think I can still pose the same question.

This thought exactly is one of the reasons why I am pursuing a Ph.D in bilingual education. Analyzing how certain individuals make it, to say a rooftop to enjoy a view and cocktail, seems to have always permeated my mind to the point of frustration, making me wish I could see beyond the “benefits” of race and social class. In other words, sometimes I wish I knew less, questioned and analyzed less. Frankly put, sometimes I wish I could change the way I interpret life…sometimes ignorance is bliss.

2 responses to “Who makes it to the rooftop? A perspective of how social class and race play pivotal roles in shared experiences.”

  1. I would like to talk to you. Re: A program I am starting with the foreign consulate offices. And 12 children between the ages of 2.7 and 5. How far are you from Santa Monica, CA? Do you have a number I can reach you at? I would like to speak with you at your immediate convenience. I’m very excited to have found your writings and interpretations.

  2. Hi Julie, I am about to send you an email. That is very exciting that you are starting a program for children! I am assuming it is a language program, which is awesome.

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