This assignment was truly an exciting one for me. For the first time in a long while, I took the opportunity to sit back, observe and really explore the impact of race in my community. I have to say, my view of racial differences in my community has not really changed that much. I personally am not someone that focuses on race, religion, or ethnic background when forming my opinion about a person I just met. Also, being an active member of my community, I can say without reservation that the vast majority of people in my city as well as our community leaders feel the same as I do. So far, the people of my town have, in my opinion, done better that most of the country when it comes to judging a person on their merits and personal fortitude than on their ethnic background. I am very happy with where I live and plan on continuing to raise my family here.
I live in El Dorado Kansas, a very small city that is situated near a much larger city. El Dorado is a very close knit community where you are considered a local if you have lived here for a period of time. Our town is mainly a farming, ranching and industrial blue collar town. The advantage to that is that as a person you are judged on your work ethic and willingness to earn a living as opposed to being judged by your skin color. The cost of living is not extremely high and most of the city consists of average family homes. I will get into the economics of El Dorado a little later. First let me give you a little history of our town.
The Daughters of the American Revolution provided a brief history of El Dorado on their website. El Dorado, the county seat of Butler County, began as a trading point and cattle town on the banks of the Walnut River in the 1860s. The dial telephone was invented by Almon Strowger of El Dorado in 1889. In 1912 the first woman's jury in Kansas served the court. In 1915, oil was discovered, and since that time, El Dorado has boomed from a small town... [continues]
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