Racism in my Community
Even though racism is not present among all youths, racism is very present among youth
in my community because of violence between rival racial gangs, and lack of education, and lack
of youth programs.
I was born in Fairbanks, Alaska, in 1974. In 1989 I moved to Hemet, California, with my
mother. In 1998, seeking independence I moved to San Bernardino, California. I have live in San
Bernardino for the past 12 years.
San Bernardino County is also known as part of the inland
empire. The Inland Empire is the 14th largest metropolitan area in the United States. The Inland
Empire consists of two counties San Bernardino County and Riverside County. Population in the
city of San Bernardino is more than two million (2,060,950)
The Board of Supervisors County of
San Bernardino (2010). The area of San Bernardino that I live in is of a rural setting with large
acres where residents can raise horses, other livestock, nursery plants, and fruit trees.
In my community there are several minority ethnic groups. San Bernardino’s population
consists of Hispanics, Whites, Blacks, and Asians.
I’am a White female. Some of the members
in my community share the same features as I do, dark hair, dark eyes, and light skin. The
dominant race in my community is Hispanic. Their facial features are of dark hair, dark eyes
with darker skin.
According to the 2010 San Bernardino County Community Indicator Report
(Board of Supervisors County of San Bernardino, 2010).
48% of San Bernardino’s population is
Hispanic, 35% are White, 8% are Black or African American, 6% are Asian, 1% Native
Americans, and 2% report two or more races.
Native American Indians from Cherokee,
Chippewa, Navajo, Sioux, Chemehuevi Indian Tribe, San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, and
Fort Mojave Indian Tribe. In some areas of San Bernardino segregated neighborhoods do exist.