Race and Your Community
What constitutes a community? Is it people living in the same area? Is it people of the same religion? Is it people of the same culture, race, or skin color? Or is it people with the same economic or ethnic background? It can be any or all of the above. I live in Atlanta, GA. an ever changing community. Atlanta is known as the city that is to busy to hate, which in principal is true. However, like most other cities we have faced our share on trials and tribulation. Many of which were based on race. I would like to give you an idea of what my community is like as well as the racial challenges that we face.
According to Georgia.org (2010) “ The racial breakdown of the population is 65.4 percent White, 58.1 percent White not Hispanic, 30 percent Black or African American, 8 percent Hispanic or Latino, 2.9 percent Asian, 0.5 percent other races, and 1.3 percent two or more races”. I have been fortunate enough to reside in the same house that I grew up in. That has afforded me the opportunity to watch the changes in the community first hand. Let me start by explaining that the City of Atlanta is broken down into several smaller communities. I live in the Adamsville Community. It is majority African Americans and in recent years Mexican Americans have moved into the area. Although we all reside in the Adamsville community we are segregated by choice within the area. As the Hispanic people moved into the area they seemed to stay in close knit groups. They shop at the ethnic grocery stores in the area and attend their own worship services none of which are in our neighborhood. I believe that this segregation exist because of the language barrier that prevents us from communicating with one another.
I indentify myself as African American. In the Adamsville community African Americans are in the majority, however, according to statistics for the entire city African Americans are in the minority group. We number about 30 percent of...