The Misunderstanding Of Diversity In Private Idaho, By Richard Anderson

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Coeur d’Alene was created by Richard Butler, in 1974, as a white only community. Hate crimes were committed until the 2000’s when Norm Gissel filed a law suit that bankrupted the compound. Because Coeur d’Alene’s past, they are believed to still be bias to white Americans against other ethnicities. While this is what the town was founded upon, they have slowly began to be more acceptable to other races. The media, or video, shows that the town is based upon preserving the white American culture, however, if you watch with an open mind, you will see that it is not just for white Americans. The town welcomes in families of all races, if you will adjust to the community. Through multiple interviews, you can see how this ideology is shown.

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In the video “Private Idaho”, the misunderstanding of bias was that the town of Coeur d’Alene is a racist town trying to escape diversity. The families who move to this town are trying to preserve the American culture and share a conservative lifestyle. Biasness in race is a huge setback that our country faces. I also think that racism in our country is just a misinterpretation of the races. While Coeur d’Alene is an all-white based community, other towns have all an all-black communities, or even a china town. But are these towns considered racist? These towns just have a common interest and migrate together. Just because a community is just one specific race, does not make it …show more content…
One family, the Bolan family, moved from Los Angeles, another was a racial mixed family, and the other was a Hispanic family. The interviewer would ask each family about racism and their point of view on it. The white family actually left Los Angeles because they felt discriminated against because they were white. The mixed family held the first black fireman to be had in Coeur d’Alene. The Hispanic family refuses to move because of the support they actually received from their community. Northern Idaho is seen to as a white only community who is against all races not white, but as you continue through the movie, you actually realize the residents just want to preserve American cultures. According to the U.S Census Bureau (2012) the U.S. is projected to become a majority-minority nation for the first time in 2043. While the non-Hispanic white population will remain the largest single group, no group will make up a majority.The white family that was interviewed in the movie, left Los Angeles because one, they felt as if the husband was discriminated against in his job, and two, everywhere they went they were struggling to find someone who spoke English. They claim that all of this diversity is destroying America. However, they also state they are not against nonwhite people, as long as they convert to American culture and not try to change American values. The mixed family has the first black firefighter in Coeur

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