Race and Your Community
April 24, 2011
San Jose, California’s locality is opportunity wealthy and one of the largely liberal
areas of the United States. The affluence of natural resources, tolerant weather, and above
all, nearness to the sea and many harbors has made this area a natural refuge and tourist
destination for many immigrants and guests. Consequently, its magnetism as a population
and comparative simplicity of travel from Asia, the San Jose area is exceedingly varied,
including 70% Caucasian, 13% Asian, 8% African American, and 5% Hispanic populace.
As a Caucasian residing in San Jose, my ethnic group is well symbolized, but I am able to
take pleasure in the affluent combination of cultures that make the area so lively (U.S.
Census Bureau, 2009).
Derived from the significant proportion of Caucasian inhabitants, predominantly
in my vicinity, I observed numerous faces that appeared like mine each day. In the east
area of San Jose, African and Asian Americans are more prominent, and the variety of
ethnic groups that seem to inhabit the area on a uniform basis. I found that I am regarded
with deference by all these members of my area, and take pleasure in discussions and
interactions with people from a surplus of social classes and upbringing.
Employed in the state educational system in an area of downtown, I work with
employees and interact with students from all over the world. My day to day encounters
are always lush with diversity. As well as the on the job wisdom I have collected, my
organization also frequently performs diversity trainings, which appear to outnumber the
occurrences of accounted prejudice by a significant number. I cannot say that the setting
is completely free of racial conflict; however, as indicated by a recent incident I was
involved with. I was asked to participate in a Grievance Investigation of an employee.
This employee claimed that she was looked over for a promotion, not recommended for a
scheduled salary increase, and put on suspension because of an issue with her race. When
speaking with her supervisor, it came to our attention that the employee in question was
constantly insubordinate and refused to perform several tasks. When scolded for not
performing the tasks within her job description, she claimed the manager was being