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Running head: RACE AND MY COMMUNITY 1 Race and My Community ETH 125
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RACE AND MY COMMUNITY 2 Race and My Community My community of Lafayette, La is composed of many races and ethnic groups. The most recent census shows that Lafayette is composed of: 68.2% of White people, 28.5% of Black people, 0.3% of American Indian and Alaska Native people, 1.4% of Asian people, 1.9% Hispanic or Latino origin, and 1.0% of people with two or more races (United States Census, 2010). An average household in my community consist of 3.07 people, so basically 3 or more people (HelloLafayette.com, 2004). Although there are many different races in my community, we all share one thing, our love for our community. In this paper I will discuss in more depth my community and our racial mix. Most of the members of my community do look like me. 68.2% of the population in my community are white people, like me (Harvard School of Public Health, 2010). I also found an interesting fact while researching my community, 51.8% of my community is female, and 48.2% of my communities are male (HelloLafayette.com, 2004). My community is broken into several different areas; the area North of the railroad tracks, the area south of the railroad tracks, and new neighborhoods that are south of Lafayette. The area north of the railroad tracks is primarily constricted of black neighborhoods, whereas the area south of the railroad tracks consist of primarily white neighborhoods, and the new neighborhoods that have been built are mixed areas that people of all different races live in. These new neighborhoods, however, are more of an upper class area of town with their own stores, banks, and entertainment. The average white, black, and Hispanic people who live in my community, lives in a neighborhood were the homeownership is 72.6%, 65.4%, and 67.0%, respectively (Harvard School of
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RACE AND MY COMMUNITY 3 Public Health, 2010) . While the poverty level for white, black, and Hispanic are 18.1%, 28.4%, and 18.8%, respectively (Harvard School of Public Health, 2010) . Leaders in my community treat people like me well, in Lafayette it is not so much
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