Race in My Community

Essay by voyagerCollege, UndergraduateA, February 2009

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IntroductionWhen I was growing up, I never experienced cultural diversity. We lived out in the country, and there usually was not another house for miles. We lived outside the small country town Piggott, AR, which was all white. After graduating and working for a few years, I moved to Jonesboro, AR. While I was growing up, my family shaped my views on cultural diversity. I was raised knowing that people were different, although I did not live among people that were different from me, concerning race, skin color, culture, or customs. I do not get out much however; I found that one school here has stopped giving Spanish lessons, and a young African American stated that the local police wrongfully detained him.

White Americans are the majority in the Untied States. I believe that this is also true in the two communities that I have lived in.

In Piggott, AR, where I grew up, according to the U.S. Census Bureau's 2000 poll, (U.S. Census Bureau, 2000), Whites are 98.6%, African Americans 0.2%, American Indian and Alaska Natives 0.2%, Some Other Race 0.2%, and Hispanic or Latinos 0.8%. These percentages appear to be close but having grown up around Piggott, AR; I believe that the numbers do not correctly represent the town's population. I believe that the number of whites living there are greater than that reported. A few African Americans work in a factory in Piggott, AR, but there are not any African Americans living in Piggott, AR. In, my current community, Jonesboro, AR, according to the U.S. Census Bureau's 2000 poll, (U.S. Census Bureau, 2000), Whites are 85.4%, African Americans 11.3%, American Indian and Alaska Natives 0.3%, Asians 0.8%, Some Other Race 1.1%, and Hispanic or Latinos 2.3%. I find that some of these numbers are...