Race, Racism And My Community Essay

1471 words - 6 pages

Today’s concepts of race are usually done by categorizing different people into different populations, religions or groups. Most of the time, they are broken down by their physical traits like the color of their skin, texture of their hair, or facial features. In This autobiographical research paper the subjects to analyze is the influences of race as it relates to my present community. The paper is a first-person account of the interpretation of human interactions in my community. I will be taking into consideration relations, experiences, and opinions on cultural diversity derived from living most of my life in the community of Malibu Groves as well as the environment of which I am a part and the leaders in my community.
Discussing race among people and community relations is not an easy thing to do. Based on one’s background race can be a tremendously significant part of one’s life. At first glance, it is not easy to see the cultural diversities in my community. One cannot tell by the houses or cars in the driveways. Nevertheless, racism, discrimination, and stereotyping run high in America today and still common in this communities. I have learned that although the majority is African Americans, there are some stereotyping, discrimination, and racism against their own race. In the community where I live, racism hides behind smiling faces, peering eyes from behind lifted blinds, and within the hearts of those least suspected. I find it hard to determine if someone is racist or not.
I have lived in the same community of Malibu Groves for the majority of my life. According to the 2000 Census, 93.0% of my community was African American, 4.5% was White, 2.3% was of two or more races, and 1.2% was Hispanic or Latino (Malibu Groves Demographic Profile, 2000). Today this percentage has risen and includes Haitians families. However, the percentage rate of the majority remains African Americans. Presently, surrounding the community are store owners whom race diversities of Chinese, Arabs, and West Indies exist. Most of the people in my community respect each other and have good connections. My parents taught their children to respect everyone and never judge a person because of race, or cultural backgrounds. Racism was not tolerated in my family. Neighborhood children were friends who shared food, homes, and even transportation. Many in the community attends the same church and have traditional dinners on Sunday. A typical Saturday evening included going to the community school and playing baseball together as well as other typical outdoor activities. Considering the traditions, language, religions, and statistics we find the ethnic makeup of the community as African Americans.
I was born in Orlando, Florida, and spent 40 of the 54 years of my life in the same neighborhood. So I can say I know almost all of the residents in this community. Most of the people here are like me, we share similarities in the belief of our religion and cultural...

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