Race and My Community
ETH 125 Cultural Diversity
July 8, 2007
Growing up in rural parts of Los Angeles, Ca I was never exposed to the different types of races and cultures that existed here in the United States. My neighborhood mainly consisted of African Americans, without much diversity in the area. It was not until I reached high school when I began to start experiencing other races and cultures. It was sort of a culture shock to me because I was not used to seeing or interacting with those other than African Americans. When I moved to Sacramento, Ca and attended college is where I really experienced how diverse this country could be. My experiences living as a child up to the point of college shaped how I perceive people of other races and it prepared me to get along with all cultures in my community.
In my community, around where I live, people think that it is only African Americans that live here. Granted there is majority African Americans here, there are many other races that make up my community. Besides African Americans, there are Asians, Hispanics, Whites, and Arabs, which is a various mixture of races and cultures that make up my community. The area of Sacramento that I live in is similar to that of which I grew up in. They both are what people consider “the ghetto” and are mainly consisted of African Americans. In my community, others treat people who are like me as not individuals but as grouping us all together. In other words, other members treat us as being the same. It does not matter if one person is into illegal activities or anything of that sort; if one does it we all do it. It is funny to see people act like that because it is always good to see the look on peoples face when you prove them wrong. As far as knowing how other members of my community treat those who are different from me, I would assume they would treat them the same way due to the fact that we are all living in the same...