Thursday, April 22, 2010

What role has racial diversity had in shaping the Florida experience?

Florida is a melting pot of many different races and cultures. In southern Florida there is an enormous Latin American population. Cubans have been a part of the Florida experience since the beginning of the 1900s and their numbers in Florida further increased with the Mariel refugees that fled to Florida. There is also a huge Jewish population in Florida who came here after WWII as well a many other Eastern Europeans who fled from the rule of Communist Soviet Union. African Americans also play a role in Florida's racial diversity, and like the rest of the South, Florida enacted strict Jim Crow laws that oppressed African Americans for decades.
One who wishes to be a part of the Florida experience will be exposed to a variety of cultures, which have contributed to making Florida so attractive for tourism.

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