My Community

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My Community
Misty Eoriatti-Waymack
ETH 125

Five years ago I moved to a small town and it never crossed my mind about diversity. I am a white female and not a person who cares what race, sex, or social standing of the people in my community, but moving to a small town I just had not thought about ethnicity of my neighbors. When looking at my community from the outside it looks like just another little community. It was only when I started looking closely at the people around me that I start to see the differences. Have I been so oblivious in the last five years to my neighbors and my community? I live in Enumclaw, which is a small farm town with a population of 11,116 (U.S. Census Bureau 2000). Enumclaw is mostly Caucasian with some Hispanics, American Indians, and a few other ethnicities thrown in. A town with 11,000 people seems like a good size town, but living here it feels small, especially once I started look into the racial characteristics of the people around me. The concerns that I see that are unresolved with the government in my town is that there are not many ethnic celebrations or programs for the ethnic groups in my community. When I called to try to interview someone in the leadership offices, I was continually directed to voice mail and was could not get a hold of anyone in the city leadership office. I did talk to one person in the chamber of commerce that was able to tell me that she know of a Spanish to English class but no other actual cultural programs. I also talked to a couple of the Hispanic ladies that I work with and they said that they believe that the government of Enumclaw was not ethnic friendly. The majority of the people in leadership positions in my community are Caucasian like I am. I have yet to meet a community leader who is from any ethnic group in my community. I see this as a problem. How are we supposed to educate our children and other people in the community, plus as leaders there is the need to set an...
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