Friday, April 23, 2010

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

It is without a doubt that Florida is one of the most racially diverse states in the U.S. Almost everywhere people go, they will see whites, blacks, hispanic people, asians, etc. This diversity can also be centralized in particular areas of Florida. For example, Miami is extremely diverse, and simply reading the book, Saving South Beach, illustrates the history of this diversity and how it shaped the Miami experience. For example, Florida began as a swampland in the late 19th century, early 20th century. Shortly after WWI and then WWII, people started migrating to Florida, and in Miami, people from Europe started calling Miami their new home. In particular, the Jewish people started migrating to Miami. As a result, Miami was filled with Jewish folk, Jewish cafeterias, and a calm, Jewish sense of life. In the decades between the 50s and the 90s, Miami's diversity increased as the black and hispanic populations grew, restaurants with different cuisines were put up, and hotels highlighting different genres and styles illustrated the diverse backgrounds of the people living in Miami. This diversity definitely had its negatives, such as discrimination, violence, and crime, but without all the different factors playing out, Florida would not be where it is today.

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