The racial and ethnic demographics of where I grew up was definitely not as diverse as most people

The racial and ethnic demographics of where I grew up was definitely not as diverse as most people. I grew up in a small town in Alabama, the percentage of people who identify as white is 92.2%, the percentage of people who identify as African American is 1.3%, and the percentage of people who identify as Hispanic is 2.6% in a town of almost 20,000 (Bureau). The conversation happening about the town I grew up in unfortunately happened outside of town. I learned as an adult what everyone else’s opinions on my town were, after learning this I stopped telling people where I was from. We were once described as the “most racist town in Alabama”. I was working an outside of my town my first nursing job, and I had an Asian doctor and an African American nurse both tell me that they were told not to visit my town. I tried to convince them that what they heard was our town’s past and not present view. I feel my town had grown away from a place that was known for its racist past to a more accepting and open view.  I do feel that my town is slowly growing and becoming more diverse, like pluralism each group is maintaining their own culture but helping add to the culture of the environment. I never experienced a moment in my 26 years there where there was an act of being intolerant to different members of our community. I do think the older generation, my grandparents included, needed some time to grow and adjust and I feel my hometown is working towards losing its horrible reputation and being known as a great place to live and raise a family. 

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