Race and Your Community

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Unformatted text preview: Running head: RACE AND YOUR COMMUNITY 1 Race and Your Community Stephen D. James ETH/125 Sonya Sanders September 12, 2010 University of Phoenix (Axia College) RACE AND YOUR COMMUNITY 2 Race and Your Community Anywhere you live now days it seems hard to avoid prejudice and racism as a whole in a community. People have seemed to only get worse and worse on ethnic racism worldwide, especially in the United States. I would like to say that I live in probably one of the nicest area in the United States with about the friendliest people. I live in the Upper Midwest in the state of Minnesota in the city of Brainerd. Brainerd is in the Northern half of Minnesota and sees very low ethnic diversity in the area. Brainerd is the home of Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox. My town is also the only place in the United States that has a fully concrete water tower with a tank on top (it looks like a little castle). With the low ethnic diversity amongst the full time residents here, there is a large amount of ethnic diversity here in the summer months. The most common minority that I see in my community is the Native Americans, and there are a lot of them with the local reservations that they call home, at least the local Native Americans have the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) to help them maintain some of their heritage. Even though there are a high number of Native American reservations, there is a lack of diversity in this area because most of the population is white Caucasian with a few Native Americans, which have caused people to be blinded to prejudice in my community. The area that I live at is well known all over the United States as a tourist area. I live in Brainerd, Minnesota, which is a city that is located geographically in the dead center RACE AND YOUR COMMUNITY 3 on Minnesota. The Brainerd Lakes area is known especially for all of the beautiful lakes and the resorts that are on them. According to Kavanaugh's (n.d.), "Within a 25-mile radius of Brainerd there are 464 sandy-shored lakes on which are located several hundred resorts, plus many miles of navigable scenic Mississippi River headwaters (Brainerd Minnesota, para. 9). There is also a large quantity of golf courses and state parks that a person can go to get some relaxing time. My community of Brainerd Lakes is also very well know for Brainerd International Raceway (BIR) which brings in hundreds of thousands of tourists in the summers months. The biggest industry in the Brainerd Lakes area is its summer vacations and recreation. I love the Brainerd Lakes area, and just like any other summer vacations and recreation....
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