I had recently heard that a girl from one of my city’s “not that prestigious schools” was going to study abroad, and I was astounded by this, given that those individuals that study abroad in a third world country –that in which I live in- are few and usually come from prestigious schools. I had also heard that this girl was a genius, or rather one of those that effortlessly have the mental capacity to generate mind-fussing ideas without undergoing a harsh learning process; in fact, she had outshining SAT scores.
“How strange,” I said to myself, “how can a girl from ________ school be able to obtain these SAT scores, and how will she even afford studying abroad?”
After a minute of attempting to self-respond these questions, I stopped. Why am I asking myself the reasons behind this girl’s vast mind, and not mine being so diminutive? I stopped, because I knew that asking myself these series of absurd interrogations was wicked at all levels. If there ever were to be a question that demonstrated social superiority at its crudest was this, and if there ever were to be a question that demonstrated Dominican society’s prejudice upon unreasonable situations and manners, was this as well.
As a child that circulated in the high class of Dominican Republic, asking someone “what school are you in?” was synonym of asking that same person, “what social stand do you belong in?” Therefore, I may be wrong in seeking to understand the motives behind someone of an average school studying in the United States, but I can assure that if many others were told the same situation on this girl, they would have asked themselves the same wicked things that I did.
To comprehend the origin of Dominican prejudice would be relative, as there are none, or at least none to account as specific. I live in a place where there are vermin that misname other’s possessions and call them their own, and while pesticides eventually spray them, the vermin come back and are wrongfully praised others. This demonstrates the mindlessness of a large portion of the population. For in a dystopia that salivates for riches and superficialities, there is hardly no branding. Common individuals believe that the amount of money one has, is reflected on the school that one is, and I must agree I thought so too. Nevertheless, I am a victim of a society whose mind corresponds to that of a 1950s America, and whose conservative ways trap the minds of most. In a way, however, I should not only seek to answer the what in my question, but also the why; why am I asking this? What should I mind?
Not only the questions we raise against others are alarming, but also the cause of them. In other words, why are we interested in other’s resources at such a large extent? Humans-and yes, this involves Dominicans- measure their own success and level of superiority in comparison to others. Therefore, by proposing this question I was proving myself to be superior, when in truth, I am in no way. The cause as to why I asked this is unknown to me, the cause as to why I found this girl’s situation shocking is not, which means I can recognize the eminence this country is in the art of prejudgment.
I am sorry, whoever you are girl from _______ school. May your life be filled with successes and ungraspable victories so you can “wipe them in my face” in the near future. I am sorry for believing that a simple school can determine your mental capacity. I am sorry for finding your situation astounding, as it should not be so. Lastly, I am sorry for myself, for being part of such a close-minded community in which I am a victim and a contributor at the same time.