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Race and Your Community Loretta Campbell Cultural Diversity Elizabeth Sherrell-Smith April 10, 2011 Loretta Campbell 04/09/2011
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I believe that race and ethnicity is an important aspect of who you as an individual. Most people know about their ethnicity because their parents make sure that they explain it to them and they grow up practicing it. However, not all families have a mother and father in the same household that can show a child family values concerning race and ethnicity. The community I live in is made up of different races, and ethnicities and they all play an important role in the community concerning religion, culture, education, and income. We are different when it comes to race and skin color but we all live in the same area and all want to maintain a safe living environment for our families. I currently reside in a community in Newark, Delaware called Brookside that has a higher amount of White Americans than any other race. Other African Americans and other races such as Asian Americans and Latino Americans also reside in Brookside, but it is a small amount compared to White Americans. The race in Brookside show’s that there is 70.8% of White Americans, 14.5% of African Americans, 7.8% Hispanic, 5.6% Asian, and 1.2% of two or more other races (City-data.com, 2010). Most of my neighbors are different from me concerning race because most of the population in Brookside is White American. The city that I live in is diverse so even though my community is not. I live in a lower-middle class neighborhood, and the African Americans in my community are educated and obtain good paying jobs. The majority of my community is dominantly White Americans and the leaders in my community treat them with respect. History shows that White Americans are treated superior to other races because American is their home land, and other races migrated here. Also concerning violence and crime White Americans are typically the victims versus those committing the acts of crime. African Americans have a high violence and crime rate and because of those factors leaders in the community either do not want to deal with them at all or mistreat them altogether. The leaders in my community tend to avoid African Americans instead of embracing them because of the stereotypes. A few
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