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Race and My Community
Ethnic and racial issues continue to exist in many communities today. Before I took this class, I thought that race and ethnicity meant the same thing. After reading chapter one of the required text book for this course, I found out that they have very different meanings. I believe that, as a minority, no matter where you move to or what town you decide to make your home, whether it is temporary or permanent, you will encounter some form of ethnic and racial issues.
The meaning of ethnicity is a group set apart from others because of its national origin or distinctive cultural patterns. On the other hand, race is described as a group that is socially set apart because of obvious physical differences.
As an African American, I grew up on the South Side of Chicago, Illinois, in an all-Black neighborhood, and lived there until around my mid 40’s. I moved to the South Suburbs of Chicago, first to Harvey, and lived there for about four years before moving to where I now currently reside in South Holland.
I lived in Harvey, Illinois, for about three years. It is a town dominated mainly by African Americans. According to the 2010 U.S. Census Bureau statistics, Harvey, Illinois, is home to 75.8% African Americans and 19.0% Hispanics. The White population of Harvey is only 10.0% (State and County Quick Facts, 2010). There is a lot of crime that goes on in Harvey within the African-American neighbordhoods, and I believe that it is partly due to the environment. Harvey has many poor and low-income areas. The poverty rate for Harvey is 31.9% compared to the overall poverty rate for the state of Illinois which is 12.4% (State and County Quick Facts, 2010). The downtown area has many vacant stores, and there are also many emtpy, boarded-up homes in the poorer neighborhoods which act as an invitation to those who sell and do drugs to use the property…...

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