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Running head: RACE AND YOUR COMMUNITY 1 Race and Your Community Travis Prine ETH/125 03/6/2011 Jody Carter
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RACE AND YOUR COMMUNITY 2 Race and Your Community I live in a small town, where all my neighbors are white. There are a few Mexican American families in the area; one of them actually owns a clothing store in the town center where I live. Where looks are concerned, we all look basically the same, accept for the skin color. I have noticed that there hair color is black; where as my neighbors that are white have different hair colors ranging from brown to blond, to red. I believe that the leaders in my community, meaning police officers and fireman, treat everyone equal. This is one of the reasons I enjoy the small town I live in. There is only a few other families that are of a different race, but they are treated equally in our community. I have not witnessed any sort of racism, or different treatment from other members in my community due to race, creed or culture. There is a town about 15 minutes north of where I live that has an African American family living there. I know that there was an issue about a year ago when some young teenagers had spray painted there house and there fence with some very racial graffiti. The local police station handled the situation very well, and other members of the community seemed to have no problems helping bring the youngsters to justice. The parents of the teenagers involved were very racist though, and openly spoke out against the African American family. I am not sure of the outcome for the families of the teenagers, but again the community and the police seemed to treat the African American family as equal as they would if they were any other race. I don’t think that my community treats people that are different then myself or them any differently. As I have said previously my community seems to be very open to people regardless of there creed, culture, or race. There is a black student at my daughters school, he is the only black student there and doesn’t seem to have any issues with others treating him differently. I do
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RACE AND YOUR COMMUNITY 3 recall hearing a teacher ask him if he was going to play on the basketball team. It did catch my attention because I felt it was asked because a lot of people assume that black kids and or adults should play basketball. It seemed a little pre-judgmental to me because the thought that obviously the black student was going to play basketball. Also that it came from a teacher seemed a little rude. The impressive part was the way the parents and the child involved handled it. I could tell that they felt a little “put on the spot” with that question, but they just rolled with it, and explained that he didn’t like basketball, but he really enjoys soccer. It really surprised me that the teacher asked, that question and is what very impressive that the family was able to adjust to the situation. I think that it is a learned adjustment that the family has had to make.
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