Race and Your Community

Race and Your Community
Aniushka Caraballo Reimondez
Axia College of University Of Phoenix

For those of you who do not know me, my name is Aniushka C. Reimondez, I was born in Lansing, Michigan, but I was raised in Caracas, Venezuela.   I grow up in a very open minded society, were the color of your skin, or your country of origin those not represent who you are. I can be described as white with European   heritage, a mix of Spanish, French and English. I was taught by my parents to see beyond the color of the skin, and to never judge a book by its cover. I moved to Miami 7 years ago, and I was surprised to see how quickly someone can be boxed into an ethnic group, suddenly I was no longer Venezuela, I was Latina.   I also notice that the city was divided in different areas, in which different communities lived, worked, and socialized, and most of the times they did not leaved the invisible bounders that they had established.   Little Haiti (a Haitian community), Little Havana (a Cuban community), are examples of this division. Within theses communities, live and business are conducted in another language, and traditions are kept among families, store sell products from their native countries. I even found a Venezuela colony in the City of El Doral,   thanks to this I ask my mother to stop bringing me items from Venezuela, as I was able to get them here.
During the pass seven years I have lived in different parts of the city, where most of the times I had neighbors from different countries of Central and South America, and thanks to this, is where I found myself boxing people up, depending on how they looked, how they talk, and even their religion.  
Currently   I live in the city of North Miami Beach, this city as a very large and diverse population.   I can found Haitian, Chines, Hispanics, as ethnic groups, that according to Schaefer (2006)   are “groups set apart from others because of its national origin or distinctive cultural patterns”. I can also see   Jewish...