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Race in My Community 1      Race in My Community Eunice Perry ETH/125 April 10, 2011 Scott Bell
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Race in My Community 2 Growing up in a small town south of the Mason-Dixon Line did not expose me to many members of other ethnic groups; in fact, according to the US Census Bureau, 83.8% of my town is Caucasian. In my school I remember there were only a handful of Hispanic-Americans, African-Americans and even fewer Asian-Americans, Caucasian was the dominant ethnicity in my school. Since there were not many minorities in my school, there was little knowledge of minorities. This lack of knowledge of minorities leads to ignorance on behalf of the majority. I grew up hearing a lot of incorrect things about many minorities. It was not until I left my small town, and familiarized myself with minorities, that I learned that these stereotypes were completely false. I look very different from members of my community in regards to race and my views on race are very different than that of my local community members. Leaders within my community treat people like me no differently than anyone else. Though I have never seen people different than me treated differently, my local church made it a point to bring to the attention of the church population, that racial intolerance of any kind is unacceptable in the church and goes against the church’s teachings. However, recently Local 6 News reported that a local apartment community was littered with cards and fliers encouraging enrollment in the Ku Klux Klan. Upon hearing this news I was fearful at the state of my community, saddened by the obvious ignorance that is still alive in my community, and feared for the safety of myself and minority friends. I have noticed that people who are obviously from a different culture than the majority are treated quite differently. Members of my community are fairly nice to people like me. My best friend and his family originate from Brazil. There have been many times when we have
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Race in My Community 3 been out in public and he has spoken to his family on the phone in his native language, Portuguese. I have seen many people stop and stare at him after noticing that he is not speaking English. I have been told by many Caucasians that when they hear a foreign language being
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This note was uploaded on 04/30/2011 for the course ETH 125 125 taught by Professor Jordan during the Spring '10 term at University of Phoenix.

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