diversity and group subordinatedhow diverse is your community? Can you see evidence that any group is being subordonated? What social categories (racial or otherwise) do you think are significant...
how diverse is your community? Can you see evidence that any group is being subordonated? What social categories (racial or otherwise) do you think are significant in your community
I live in a mid sized city in North Carolina. Generally speaking, it lacks diversity. As a mid-sized city in the south, my community tends to be politically conservative, church-going (and predominantly Protestant/Baptist), and somewhat old-fashioned in terms of progression.
While it is difficult to define classes or categories of people who are treated as "subordinate" in general, I will attempt to give a couple of examples. I do not think my community is particularly open to homosexuality, generally, or giving marriage rights to anyone living in a non-traditional marriage situation. Though I would not consider racial minorities to be treated subordinately, certainly, there is much to be said for the number of white people who live in poverty compared to the number of black and hispanic people who do. It seems those with money tend to make the rules.
I also think non Christians are looked down upon in my community. I grew up in Washington State, where nobody asked a stranger, "Where do you go to church?" Here, it is one of the first questions people use to get to know one another. It is simply assumed that everyone goes to church.
Certainly, in a community that lacks diversity, there exists prejudices, social segregation to a degree, and inequality. But I'm not willing to consider any of these things as "subordination" of one group to another.
I live in a very diverse community and teach in a large high school that nearly mirrors the ethnic and racial make-up of the United States. I don't see that one group. I don't see that one group is outright subordinating any other, but there are clear economic differences between the standard of living of some of the white families in the community compared to the many of the Hispanic families, for example. But that said, we probably have a fair number of white students, Hispanic students and black students on our "free or reduced" lunch program. Within the culture of the high school though, there are a proportional number of students of all backgrounds in our honors and AP classes as well as the special education program. There are a representational number of students involved in athletics, student council, social service groups, or any other number of activities that students may choose to be involved in. Our school has worked very hard to celebrate the growing diversity we have seen over the past 10 years or so.
I also live in a mid-sized town in North Carolina, and it is quite diverse. Recently, Latinos passed African-Americans as the largest minority in the area. Signs of subordination are not difficult to find, particularly economic subordination. Economic divisions tend to run roughly along racial lines. The areas that are predominately African-American and Latino are the least affluent, have the least options for shopping, experience the highest crime, have the lowest average incomes, the lowest-performing schools, etc. The majority of political positions in the town, in addition, are held by affluent whites.
I think our area is fairly diverse. I see evidence of this in many of the small markets around town. We have Hispanic, Vietnamese, and Korean markets in various locations around town. I see many different types of churches and worship centers around town as well. Although, this might be an area where some groups are repressed. There aren't as many Synagogues or Mosques in town. There are far more Catholic, Baptist, or other Christian worship centers. I always assumed this was due to the number of people attending each type of center rather than cultural subordination, but perhaps I was mistaken.
Maine is not the most racially diverse state... in fact, as of the 2010 Census, people identifying as White/Caucasian was at 95.2% with Black, Asian, and Hispanic at less than 2% each. There really isn't much racial diversity, but there is a ton of ethnic and religious diversity. In Lewiston, for example, there is a very large Somalian community, while Portland has the only Orthodox Jewish congregation in the state.
I live in a small town in central Iowa - diversity is almost unknown. There are a few blacks and a few more Hispanics and that's about the extent. I regret the loss of stimulation and new experiences that come from living in a more diverse setting, but I know there are many in town who are grateful we don't have the "challenges" which face neighboring communities that are working to integrate ESL students, families that move frequently, and the cultural differences they bring into play in schools and employment settings.
My community is very diverse as I live in New York city. People from all over the world are here. I truly feel that I live in an international city. With that said, I wish I could say that I believe that there are no divisions. However, this is very far from the truth. The biggest division I see is the division between the rich and the poor. Everything is different. Their schools are different, their buildings are different, and their lifestyles are different. This is a very real divide.
My community is not very diverse. We have a large minority population, but almost all the minorities in town are of one ethnic group (Mexican). We do have a fairly large number of Russian immigrants.
I would say that one major distinction, one group that is subordinated, is recent immigrants. There is a real difference seen between Mexicans who have been here a long time and those who are more recent immigrants.
I neither work, nor live, in a very diverse community. In both, the predominant racial group is white. While my community which I live in has a large German and Swiss influence, I cannot attest to its makeup today. The school which I teach in is very rural.