HR Diversity Reflection

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Morgan Abrams 10/6/11 Diversity Reflection “White Privilege and Male Privilege: A Personal Account of Coming to See Correspondences through Work in Women’s Studies” Born and raised in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, diversity was not something I was exposed to growing up. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the white race makes up 96% of Coeur d’Alene’s demographics, and African Americans make up 0.2%. Coeur d’Alene is the headquarters for the Aryan Nation, which encourages this lack of diversity. I attended one of the three large public high schools in my city, and in my graduating class there was only one African American, and he was a foreign exchange student. Minorities are not commonly seen where I come from. I have only had two jobs, but both consisted of a 100% Caucasian work force. Coming from a place like this, many people would make the assumption that I would be racists or have some prejudices about other races due to lack of exposure. Coming to college, I had a new experience that typically students do not have at this age; I became part of a diverse society. Needless to say, I was excited about gravitating away from my hometown, and experiencing new cultures. I was interested to observe the way in which other races interacted on a daily basis because that was something I was not accustomed to. I wondered if the stereotypes about other races were true. After observing other races at school, I came to realize that at Xavier University, at least, race was not a privilege nor harmful to the way people viewed and treated you. The people that fit the stereotypes of their race were people who embraced it. These people
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acted in a certain way because that is the way they think they should act.
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