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_161148_Ra - Running Head A RAINBOW OF RACE A Rainbow of Race An Analysis of the Composition and Characteristics of Race Relations in the Emerald

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Running Head: A RAINBOW OF RACE A Rainbow of Race: An Analysis of the Composition and Characteristics of Race Relations in the Emerald City [Your Name Here] [Course Name Here] [School Name Here] Seattle, Washington, and its environs are some of the most scenically pleasant,
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A Rainbow of Race 2 opportunity rich, and most liberally inclined areas of the United States. The wealth of natural resources, forgiving climate, and particularly, proximity to the sea and multiple harbors has made this area a natural haven and tourist destination for many immigrants and visitors. As a result of its attractiveness as a community and relative ease of travel from Asia, the Seattle area is extremely diverse, including 70.4% Caucasian, 13.1% Asian, 8.4% African American, and 5.3% Hispanic residents (U.S. Census Bureau, 2000). As a Caucasian living in Seattle, my race is well represented but I am also able to enjoy the rich mix of cultures that make this area so vibrant. Based on the large percentage of Caucasian residents, particularly in my neighborhood, I see many faces that look like mine on a daily basis. As I go to work in Downtown Seattle, the picture shifts to form a mosaic of many skin tones, most much darker than my own pale Nordic heritage allows. In the downtown core, African and Asian Americans are much more prominent, and the different races seem to populate that area on a fairly equal basis. As a rule, I am treated with respect by all these members of my community, and enjoy conversations and interaction with a people from a plethora of backgrounds. Working in retail in the downtown core, I work with employees and interact with customers from all over the world. My day to day experience has been full of variety, and like one coworker joked, "It is one big diversity training." In addition to the on the job knowledge I have gained, my company also regularly conducts actual diversity trainings which seem to outnumber the actual instances of reported discrimination by a large factor. I can not say that the environment is entirely free of racial tensions though as evidenced by one recent experience I had. I was ringing up customers in our store and
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A Rainbow of Race 3 there was a line of at least ten people behind my customer. An African American woman came up to me while I was assisting a customer and asked for change right in the middle of my speaking to the customer, who was paying with a card, meaning I did not have the cash drawer open. I asked the woman to wait in line for her turn and let her know I would be happy to help her after the other customers who were already in line. The woman apparently took grave offense to my request as she complained to the store
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This note was uploaded on 07/10/2011 for the course ETH 125 taught by Professor Jameshenderson during the Spring '09 term at University of Phoenix.

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_161148_Ra - Running Head A RAINBOW OF RACE A Rainbow of Race An Analysis of the Composition and Characteristics of Race Relations in the Emerald

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