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Unformatted text preview: I was born in tiny Ainsworth, Nebraska (population 1,657) which is located in the heart of Brown County in 1987. As a young girl growing up in Nebraska, I was surrounded by mostly Caucasians. Thinking back, there were a few African-Americans (literally one or two) in my school but I really didn’t know that they were African-Americans, but we’ll get back to that later. Ainsworth was and still is populated by 98% Caucasians and there is very little cultural diversity. While in high school, I had one friend who was African-American and ironically, she was only one of six in my entire high school. Because she had been born and raised in Ainsworth, she was considered an insider and her race was not a factor in her success or popularity in high school. I did notice, however, that the occasional outsider of African American or Hispanic decent would come to Ainsworth with the intentions of settling and putting down roots was given the cold shoulder. It wasn’t until I left Ainsworth that I realized that I had witnessed random acts of racism. After high school, I ventured to the huge metropolis of Norfolk, Nebraska (population 23,146!) which is located in historic Madison County. Because Norfolk was nearly fourteen times the size of Ainsworth, I was more exposed to persons of different races and cultural backgrounds. I must admit, it took some getting used to because I grew up in a small town with such a non-diverse population. Because most of those from other racial and cultural backgrounds were mostly students, they were respected instead of being simply tolerated as those of color in Ainsworth were. After college, I moved to Colorado Springs, Colorado and accepted a position as a Nanny to an influential couple. Colorado Springs was like a brand new world to me. I felt like a kid in a candy store because there was so much to do and see. Believe it or not, people watching became one of my favorite hobbies that consumed my spare time. I would literally go to a shopping mall and sit for hours while watching African-Americans, Asian and Indian-Americans, American Indians, Nigerians, and persons of several other races was by. Cultural diversity was still kind of new to Nigerians, and persons of several other races was by....
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- Spring '09
- Ainsworth, Nebraska, Colorado Springs