ETH 125 Final - Race and Your Community 1 Race and Your...

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Race and Your Community 1 Race and Your Community Keith Suter Axia College of University of Phoenix ETH/125 Charissa Townsend It’s very easy to talk about race in my community, since the demographic of my community has evolved so many times, that it feels like if every three to five years I’ve moved into a new neighborhood. Mind you, I’ve lived in this same street for the majority
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Race and Your Community 2 of my life, not counting the few lapses of time that I was away, which adds up to only a third of my lifetime. I first moved to the Bronx in 1986, when my mother married my stepfather and brought us over here from Puerto Rico. I was 7 years old and didn’t know a shred of English. It wasn’t completely necessary, since the neighborhood was predominantly Hispanic American with just a few remaining members of its previous demographic, Italian Americans. The neighborhood had very few African Americans and even less of other ethnic groups. Its main composition was Puerto Ricans, Dominicans, and some Cubans. Considering the fact that that we are located in the South Bronx in its height of drugs and crime, this particular street was crime free those days. The neighborhood was a tightly woven network of middle class workers and everyone watched over each other. If someone from outside came to this street looking to start trouble, they would be instantly identified and the problem would be diffused. As the years went by, the neighborhood began to change. By 1990, there were new elements influencing the neighborhood. Around this time more African Americans began residing amongst us and some Peruvians had populated in our neighborhood. These new inhabitants were a welcome addition to the diversity of the neighborhood. They were hardworking citizens, for the most part. At the same time their children quickly became part of my group of friends. We all went to school together and enjoyed each other’s company. It was a great time to live in
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Race and Your Community 3 our neighborhood. In the summer you could see the street flooded with children from the neighborhood playing together. Not caring about our ethnic differences.
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