Melting Pot of Diversity and Culture

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Final Project: Race and Your Community
Kathaleen Johnson
University of Phoenix (Axia College)

Thesis Statement: Blackwood, NJ is a melting pot of: culture, race and religion.
I currently live in Blackwood New Jersey. This is a small town in New Jersey with a population of 4547 people in 2010. The community is composed of many cultures, races and religions. I find this to be one of the perks of living here is being accepted for my customs and race. I am African American, and even though my race only makes up a small percentage. The majority of the town is Caucasian, but African Americans make up the largest minority. Members of my close community look similar to me. There are a lot of mixed race people also in my close community. The ways that my neighbors differ from me are that some of the Caucasian and some are Asian. I live in a small development in the town. Most of my first neighbors are older and have lived there for many years.

In recent years, three to be exact, new homes were built in my neighborhood and younger families move in. now there are only five original families living there including mine. The leaders in my community are very similar to the overall demographics. There are six Caucasian, one Hispanic and one African American, as elected officials in Blackwood. The African American leader is also a woman, which is an added plus for me.

The members of my community treat me just like they do everyone else. Most of the members accept the differences of races in the community. There have been only a few time I can remember when I have personally been discriminated against. Once in middle school, my first year in school here, a girl called me a very discriminatory name. This situation hurt my feelings very badly. Also, last summer at the Wal-Mart near my house a Caucasian boy got on the loud speaker and made some racist remarks. This situation made it to the news paper and to the news. Situations like this have helped me be happy to...
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