Running head: Racism Through the Eyes of Another
Racism Through the Eyes of Another
Jason Curtis Harlin
University of Phoenix
Initially as I began to contemplate the question if rather those of my community look like me, I thought no; however, as I continued to evaluate the question over the past few weeks, I discovered that I was wrong. I identify myself as a Caucasian male, and I thought that the majority of my community was Hispanic because that is what I saw. I now believe that we as individuals have a tendency to see what we want to see, which may not always be the reality. Perhaps this type of mindset is one of the many sources that create stereotypes, segregation, and even racism.
I came to realize that there are pocket communities here and there that have a majority of Hispanic people living in them; however, the majority of the Santa Rosa, California neighborhoods appear to be populated by Caucasians. These visual conclusions, which I made, lead me to search the US Census Bureau website to see if this opinion was in fact a reality. I discovered that in 2007, of the 150,188 people living within the city, 110, 671 people were White. Only 38,898 people of the 150,000 were Hispanic; however, the Hispanic race is the second largest race population in Santa Rosa and the first largest minority race. (US Census Bureau, 2007)
As a community we may not all look the same because of the obvious difference of skin color; but, I noticed that the fashion of clothing that individuals wear is very similar. There may be a possible explanation and correlation between fashion and income here in Santa Rosa. In 2007 the US Census Bureau reported that the average Santa Rosa, California household income is about $55,000. This statistic is significant because the Us Census Bureau also records that the below poverty level is nearly obsolete here in Santa Rosa. This would suggest that families, regardless of race, have the ability to purchase...