Race and Your Community

I live in a community that is made up of many different ethnic groups. The Town of Hilo is a diverse community of 173,000 people. We have many backgrounds in Hilo. The racial makeup of the county was 31. 55% White, 0. 47% African american0. 45% Kanaka Maoli, 26. 70% Asian, 11. 25% Pacific Islander, 1. 14% from other races, and 28. 44% from two or more races. 9. 49% of the population was Hispanic or Latino of any race. We all have different features and styles of living. The members of my community look somewhat like me but we are all different. Example I am Puerto Rican.

I have a slim built, light brown hair, fair complexion, and brown eyes; while my neighbor is a short Hawaiian, Filipino who is overweight and has dark black hair and brown eyes. Which makes us a total opposite and around town we are all different. If you were looking at me you would probably actually find it very easy to predict my ethnicity. Within my community in Pahoa, Hawaii there are some Puerto Ricans as well as many people of Hispanic decent. There are not very many Germans. The Spanish and Puerto Rican cultures have many visual similarities. The language is basically spoken the same way.

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Apart from the visual similarities there are also many cultural similarities such as a strong sense of family and extended family and religion. Many Puerto Rican families as well as Hispanic families have several generations of their family with them or within very close proximity to them and are heavily involved in the raising of children and family decisions. In the area in religion many Hispanics as well, as Puerto Ricans are Roman Catholic and attend many of the same church services. There are not many similarities in the way many members of the community bare a resemblance to me.

I do have to admit that the police in my community treat a lot of us differently especially poor Hawaiian people. Hilo has always been an easy town for me to fit in. I guess it is because I have lived here my whole life. I do see that white people that come from the mainland have a hard time fitting in. also blacks and pure Hispanics. I guess that when they look at Hispanics and Blacks they think of the worst from all of the crime that happened in the past and still happening. I think that they should look at the person first before they start to judge them.

When a Black person is at a store they tend to follow them more around to see if they might take something and cause and problems. I think that this is unfair and unconstitutional for them to still think this way. Over the years members of my community have grown to get along with Hispanics and blacks. It takes some getting used to because I think that every race have a bad side to them. But as soon as they see black people moving in they try to ignore them as much as they can or have often moved out. It is sad but it is the truth.

Not knowing someone before you judge him or her is not the way to stop racism from accruing. I on the other hand get along with everyone I will not judge any book by its cover I like to get to know someone first. The information that I have written about is self explanatory I do not side on no one side not even my own because I know that there are good and bad people in every race not just one. Just because you hear more about one certain group more then another does not mean that they are all like that. Leaders of the community treat people who are like me much the same as other cultures in my community.

Leaders treat these members very similar to that of other members of the community. From my interactions with leaders of the community there is much emphasis on keeping the bonds that tie the community together. They do this with cultural events, education, and awareness programs. These blending activities such festivals and school programs make interaction with other cultures very normal and inviting instead of hesitant and not normal. These activities make different cultures seem not so different and create a sense of invitation for other cultures to be apart of the community.

Text or work manuals do not contain information by or about people like me. When I examined these documents there was very little mention or no mention at all of cultures and these texts were very vague in the matter of pointing out any cultural differences. These texts were much nonbiased and were written for everyone in an equal opportunity manner. Which I feel is good. In a sense where it would not offend anyone. The people in the local media do represent people like me in the community as well as other cultures.

The local media is very fair in the way it represents members of the community and gives fair time to people like me as well as other people in the community. There are many cultural pieces written in the local newspapers, pieces done on local television and many local websites that identify people like me in the community. Through these media channels there is a sense of awareness and feeling of community. The local media does a great job in representing people like me in the community as well as other cultures in the community. There are basically no similarities in between people and me who are in leadership positions in my community.

I say this because here in Hawaii we either have Japanese, Filipino, or Hawaiians representing our islands. It is very uncommon to have a Puerto Rican or Spanish leader here in my community. There are some leaders that are white but not at all of the German decent. If I could resolve any inequities within my community, I would change the poverty and drug trafficking situation in the city. We have a section of the police department that goes out of their way to get down on crack house. These crack houses literally are ruining the future of our youths. The ball is in motion actually already.

Another example of the change is that of the tearing down of projects and section 8 buildings and many new community layouts being developed. By creating this “new” community where the projects once were it gives a sense to the community and pride for the residents of this once eyesore. I would also do more education and hands on learning in these areas that show what many fine opportunities are available for personal growth so that community will continue to grow with the minority groups and so that the youth here can look forward to something other than drugs.

The main concepts from the text that relate to race are that of diversity and how many Americans have similar ties from no matter where they or their families are from originally from. The text shows that many of the people who live in America had struggles and came to America for opportunity. And as time continues there are still struggles and kinks to work out amongst the multiple cultures of America. In Hawaii there are influences of race as it relates to my community. Human interactions in my community have been radicalized, some being positive and some negative.

These interactions have impacted relations in my neighborhood, service groups, clubs, schools, and environment in which I am a part. Even though a leader of the community’s opinion of race and the community is negative, interactions in my community have had positive influences on race and the community because of a member of the community’s opinion as well as a new channel’s report on the community. In this research paper I looked at the similarities and the differences of cultures in my community Hilo, Hawaii. I am proud to be apart of this diverse community.