Race in My Community
When I was growing up, I never experienced cultural diversity.
We lived out in the
country, and there usually was not another house for miles.
We lived outside the small country
town Piggott, AR, which was all white.
After graduating and working for a few years, I moved
to Jonesboro, AR.
While I was growing up, my family shaped my views on cultural diversity.
was raised knowing that people were different, although I did not live among people that were
different from me, concerning race, skin color, culture, or customs.
I do not get out much
however; I found that one school here has stopped giving Spanish lessons, and a young African
American stated that the local police wrongfully detained him.
White Americans are the majority in the Untied States.
I believe that this is also true in
the two communities that I have lived in.
In Piggott, AR, where I grew up, according to the U.S.
Census Bureau’s 2000 poll, (U.S. Census Bureau, 2000), Whites are 98.6%, African Americans
0.2%, American Indian and Alaska Natives 0.2%, Some Other Race 0.2%, and Hispanic or
These percentages appear to be close but having grown up around Piggott, AR; I
believe that the numbers do not correctly represent the town’s population.
I believe that the
number of whites living there are greater than that reported.
A few African Americans work in a
factory in Piggott, AR, but there are not any African Americans living in Piggott, AR.
current community, Jonesboro, AR, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2000 poll, (U.S.
Census Bureau, 2000), Whites are 85.4%, African Americans 11.3%, American Indian and
Alaska Natives 0.3%, Asians 0.8%, Some Other Race 1.1%, and Hispanic or Latinos 2.3%.
find that some of these numbers are somewhat hard to believe.
There are large numbers of
illegal Hispanics that live in our community, that have come here for work. I am sure the illegal
Hispanics are not included in this count, which would cause the percentages to be false.