Final Project - Race and Your Community

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Race and Your Community 2 My name is William Benson and I reside in the city of Brighton, a suburb of Denver, Colorado. My ethnicity is considered a melting pot of sorts. The community in which I live is somewhat diverse in ethnic and racial population. Human interaction throughout the community has been peaceful. Those who have migrated to this community in more recent times are more likely treated as outsiders. People of different ethnicity that have resided here for several years, decades, and generations are more likely to ban together. Although prejudice and discrimination does not seem to persist in this community, some racial and ethnic division is apparent. The reason I reference myself as an ethnic melting pot is for the same reason the United States is considered a melting pot. My grandfather on my father’s side is a descendant of Irish immigrants that fled to America for a better life. He married my grandmother who came from parents of mixed ethnicity (German, Spaniard, English, and Native American). My mother’s father was of English and Irish origins and her mother was a descendant of German immigrants. The diversity of my ethnic makeup is very reflective of the United States with different origins coming together to form a group. Although I come from several ethnic origins, I am classified as a White American. The city in which I live is predominantly populated with White Americans. According to Brighton Economic Development Corporations website (2008), 76.9% of the city population is White, followed by 38.2% Hispanic, 1.0% Black, 1.1% Asian, and 1.5% American Indian. The self-classification variable allows respondents to select the race or races that they most closely identify, as a result the figures exceed 100% (Demographics, para. 2). As with all ethnic groups the racial classification may be of many different origins. White Americans origins consist of; German, Irish, English, Swedish, and
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Race and Your Community 3 Russian just to, name a few. Hispanic or Latino origins consist of; Mexican, Cuban, Puerto Rican, and Columbian, to name a few. Blacks, Asians, and Native Americans as well as many other ethnic groups also consist of many origins. Resemblance I have with the members of my community is mostly in appearance of the majority group. Just as many ethnic groups come from different origins, many individuals are raised and taught different ideologies. Although I believe the majority of the members in the community accept all people, some throughout the community may consider themselves a different class of people. Stratification may be present with some groups believing there are structured rankings of groups. I am a firm believer unequal reward and power in a society can not exist. Equality must rain supreme for a successful
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This note was uploaded on 11/19/2011 for the course CRIM JUSTI CJS 230 taught by Professor None during the Winter '11 term at University of Phoenix.

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