My Race in My Community
Most of my community is Hispanic or Caucasian, which leaves my group still just as a
minority as ever in this area that I live in, Fort Myers, FL.
In this community I must say that
most of the black people are not treated as equals, and we are not welcomed by many from the
white community, and I also believe that the black people from this area seem to have been
suppressed as a result of.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Ft. Myers has 33% of black
population living here, and this is surprising to me because the total Florida State black
population is 14%. I notice that many black people, who are mostly Haitian, Jamaican, and
African American, have been deprived of opportunities through acts of racism that takes place in
this area. I have personally experienced discrimination at the work place on more than one
occasions, and by more than one company.
I have proved in a court of law more than once that I
was discriminated against. I would have considered myself neutral regarding the topic of today’s
racism and how it affects black people negatively, until I moved here, and was subjected to it
first hand as recently as the past 3 years. I wonder at times, if the other black people here choose
to ignore it, or if they simply do not notice it, or just have given up on fighting against it, after
dealing with it for so many years.
As I researched the topics, using keywords such as racism and discrimination, and equality in
Fort Myers, Florida, I realized that it showed several results that confirm what I am saying are
not my opinion or findings alone.
One link discusses how this county still has segregated public
school systems, which is a clear indicator of how racist the area is. As recently as 2007, the
school system, implemented a education reform locally, that would end the area’s segregated
schools, however just recently the topic
resurfaced on local news channels, and told that the
community does not like the desegregated schools, and that they want to vote to take things back