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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 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 having only a handful of Hispanic-Americans, African-Americans and even fewer Asian-Americans. Caucasian was the dominant ethnicity on 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 a lot of minorities. It was not until I left my small town, and familiarized myself with minorities, that I learned that these stereotypes were not true. I look similar to members of my community in regards to race; however, 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 my 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 husband and his family originate from Brazil. There have been many times when we have 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
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Race in My Community 3 have been told by many Caucasians that when they hear a foreign language being spoken they
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This note was uploaded on 09/28/2011 for the course ETH 125 ETH taught by Professor Down during the Spring '11 term at University of Phoenix.

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