ETH 125 Week 9 Final Project

ETH 125 Week 9 Final Project - Race and Your Community 1...

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Race and Your Community 1 Race and Your Community Mary Young ETH/123 Dr. Susanne Beier, PhD. April 16, 2006
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Race and Your Community 2 Race and My Maryland Community The aim of this essay is to analyze the influences of my race as it relates to my community. The fact that I am an African American elicits many different reactions; the biggest reaction is discrimination towards African Americans. Discrimination is the biggest obstacle in my life. I have been faced personally with many facets of racism especially because of being a single mother of one child in a workforce dominated by men. The two biggest forms of prejudice that I am faced with are segregation and racism. I will also discuss how I have people in my community that look the same as I, showing how minority groups are treated, and differences of the minority groups and how the media portrays African American’s and other minorities. Community Leaders and Treatment of Community Citizens Do members of your community look like you? In what ways do they look the same or different? Within my community there are only 30% of people who are Black, only 46.6% are females; within the entire area of Maryland there is only 10% of people who are minorities. These numbers took me by surprise. I personally work for the government so I understand now why throughout my day there are not many people of my same race in my workplace. I can count them on two hands within my entire office. People within my community treat people who are similar to me the same as they treat any other minority group. We being African Americans are in my mind the same as an Asian or Hispanic person.
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Race and Your Community 3 I personally identify with the predominant mainstream culture. The members within my community that I belong to are usually considered ignorant and useless. I know that statement is stereotyping my own group, but that is the way I feel society sees most African Americans. I also feel that my own personal characteristics compares me more to the Caucasians because I seem to be smarter than the average African American citizen with a good head on my shoulders. I am always open to new ideas and experiences while making an intentional effort to present myself with a good first impression. Community Members and Minority Treatment:
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