Essay on Eth-125 Week #9 Final Project: Race and Your Community

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ETH-125 Week #9
Final Project: Race and Your Community

• Write a 1,400- to 1,750-word autobiographical research paper analyzing the influences of race as it relates to your community. In your paper, write your first-person account of how human interactions in your community have been racialized. For the community, you may consider relations within your neighborhood, local government, service groups, clubs, schools, workplace, or any environment of which you are a part.

• Answer the following questions and provide examples:

o Do members of your community look like you? In what ways do they look the same or different?

o How do leaders within your community treat people who are like you? How do they treat people who are
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You know where to find them because they were conspicuously placed in the same area, away from everybody else.

How are people treated by leaders? I wish this were part of a literary composition, a work of fiction, but it is not. Let me tell you what the hiring manager at my place of employment said when the Hispanic and one of the Chinese women were hired sometime back… He told a few of his trusted employees that he was hiring these people because the Human Resources department had instructed him to hire minorities, so that there would be diversity in the workforce. Immediately, this had the effect of antagonizing other employees against the new hires. People thought these new hires were incompetent workers who were receiving a hand-out to keep appearances of diversity. Some employees even talked about it within the hearing distance of the Hispanic woman, just to enjoy inflicting untold humiliation. It was kind of “how dare you come to work here, with us?” I talked to the Hispanic woman in confidence; she told me a manager even came in to her cubicle and told her: “My name is Mike. I’m director of engineering here. I want you to go home and think hard what do you think you’re doing working for our company.” When I heard this, I felt nausea; I was trembling with anger and fear, both emotions at the same time. I remember the situation vividly because around the

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