Race And My Community Essay

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Race and My Community"I was born in a small town, and I live in a small town. Probably die in a small town, in a small community." These words made famous by John Cougar Mellencamp can basically sum of my entire life. I was born in a small town, everyone I know lives in a small town, and I will probably never leave this small town. My town is encased in cornfields on all four sides. That being said I can say that race has never been a major issue in my community, but it does exist without question. A few of the issues that lead to racism in my community include: all white leaders, a 'super-max" prison, and no education regarding race. While my community consists mostly of white Americans, the issue of race is still a prevalent and unfortunate issue.The largest majority of people in my community are white, only a small percentage is of other races. Specifically, 86.63% of the residents in my town are white, 9.79% are black, .70% is Asian, 2.79% claim other, and 3.89% claim they have Hispanic heritage (Sperling's, 2007). These numbers can easily show that the people in my community mostly look like me in that most of the people that I see everyday are white Americans. That is not to say that everyone that I see on a daily basis looks like me, because that is not true. First of all, everyone is an individual. Even other white people do not look like me in some cases. Social class and economic status have just as much to do with white people looking different than race does in my community. However, in regards to race, on a regular basis I work with people of Hispanic heritage. My brother in law plays high school football and everyone in town knows that a few of the best players we have happen to be black. However, when I think of football I do not think about "the black kid", and when I go to work I do not think about working with "Hispanics". IRace and my 3just think of them the same as I think of everyone else around that looks like me. I believe that the people in my community that are of other races have all assimilated to the white culture and the way of life in my community. Because of this assimilation it is not as noticeable that people are different since for the most part people all behave in the same way regardless of race.Just being white in the community that I live in does not mean that people are treated the same in this community. To be honest, it would be in one's better interest to be a wealthy black or wealthy Hispanic than to be a poor white person around here. This is probably due to the fact that the wealthy people in this town have never had a significant amount of race surrounding them, and in turn they choose to frown upon the less fortunate white people. Regarding race, in my own personal experiences I have never witnessed or heard of anyone being treated poorly because of their race.I believe that the texts and work manuals do contain information about people like me. However, I think that in the texts that are about race...

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