Final Project- Race and your community

Final Project- Race and your community - Running head RACE...

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Running head: RACE AND YOUR COMMUNITY 1 Race and Your Community Haley Santella ETH 125 November 28, 2010 Professor Davis
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RACE AND YOUR COMMUNITY 2 Race and Your Community My community is twenty miles outside of St. Paul, Minnesota across the St. Croix River in Wisconsin. My town still tries to hold on to very old-school, but is very ritzy and can be somewhat very ‘snobbish’ of a town. I find it to be sad that kids here feel as they have to fit in by having the new styles, most expensive, and best things just to be popular. It was that way back in the 90’s while I was in high school as well. The old-school mentality of my community still attributes to racism; although, in today’s world the racism goes un-heard and un-seen. Racism is not just the belief that one race is superior to others, but the act of negatively identifying individuals based on the color of their skin. An outsider looking into my community; one could classify it as a very cookie-cutter town. For being so close to the city, you would think it would have a more diverse feel. It is considered a liberal town. Mothers are mainly stay-at-home moms; there are three elite, private secondary schools in my town, and a Starbucks on every corner. So, as for as looks goes, it is a mainly white town, with a suburban feel. The members of my town that are in the 25-35 age bracket all look the same. Walking into the center of my town, you would notice there is not a tremendous difference among people. The girls all shop at the same stores and look very similar. The clothes are trendy, yet liberal. The girls are mainly petite, or tall, and thin. I feel that because St. Paul is so close, it attributes to the girls in my town to be stylish and body conscious. Unfortunately, those that look different are usually due to them not “looking the part.” Whether that be over-weight, looks, or the way they dress. It is actually sad but not entirely unexpected when St. Paul is a young, well-educated city.
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RACE AND YOUR COMMUNITY 3 I notice that the leaders are just as cookie-cutter as the people that live in the town. They leaders are people that have lived in the town for all of their life. The ones that work in town hall have been working there for 20+ years. The leaders are very much involved in town safety and
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