Race and Your Community

Race and Your Community

Diana Hudson

ETH/125

September 4, 2010
Annette Gunter

The community where I reside is 30 miles west of Chicago, Illinois. I have been residing in Un-incorporated West Chicago for the past six years. In my community the population is 23,469 people. According to the City of West Chicago-Community there is a large variety of cultures and ethnicities that are moving into the city.   They have the ethnicity split up in four sections of the city and were last updated in the year 2007. The section where I reside it shows that the ethnicity is 39.20% Hispanic and 70.80% of non-Hispanic. It shows the other three sections as 54.70% Hispanic and 45.30% of non-Hispanic, 47.80% Hispanic and 52.20% of non-Hispanic, and 57.20% Hispanic and 72.80% of non-Hispanic.   All and all we are all combined as one community from different cultures. In my direct neighborhood there are Hispanic Americans, Asian Americans, and Caucasian Americans like myself.
According to the Encyclopedia of Chicago some of the settlers arrived as early as the 1830s and was known as the first Illinois community created. West Chicago was once known as Turner and the first residents were New Englanders with their heritage being of Irish and English and mitigated west and were railroad workers. German immigrants came to Turner to seek farmlands. Before the 1970s there was a Seminary called Christ the King, which was a Spanish style structure and it housed the Franciscan Brothers until the 1970s and now is a convalescent center which is two blocks from my house.
There are a variety of grocery stores around the whole community with some being operated by a mix of cultures, and some are fully ran by Mexican Americans. In my opinion the grocery stores that are owned and operated by Mexican Americans are not racially biased. I believe they are operated by one group do to the fact that where the storefronts are located the neighborhood is a majority of Mexican Americans. I go...
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