Imagine walking down the streets of downtown Philadelphia, which is a very crowded area. As you are walking, people are accidentally bumping into you because there is not enough room for them to walk on the concrete sidewalk. Once you take a look at your surroundings, you notice different kinds of people, from their skin color to their clothes and hair. No one looks or talks exactly the same.
Philadelphia is the largest city in Pennsylvania, with a population of approximately 1.6 million between the years of 2017 and 2018. Since Philadelphia is the largest city, it includes one of the most diverse communities. According to Suburban Stats, Philadelphia is made up of the following racial groups: African Americans are 46%, caucasians are 41%, Hispanics/Latinos are 12%, Asians are 6%, “other race” is 5%, two or more races are 2%. In addition, American Indian, three or more races, Native Hawaiian Pacific Islander, and Native Hawaiian are below 1%. Although Philadelphia includes many racial groups, is it really diverse?
However, there are a great amount of different places in Philadelphia that many people are unaware of because it's such a large city. However, one thing you may notice is the segregation of certain races in specific neighborhoods. For example, if you take a trip to Juniata and Fairhill, you will see predominantly Hispanics. If you go to Ardmore or any other suburb, you will see more caucasians. Also, Germantown and parts of Southwest, North, and West Philly are made up of predominantly African Americans.
The segregation in these areas and others are the reasons why stereotypes are often created about the different racial groups. Since some neighborhoods are predominantly one race, the people of outside races start to create information about that ethnicity because they are ignorant to that culture. In order to understood one culture, you have to be around it. So, is Philadelphia really diverse? The answer is no because Philadelphia may have a lot of people with different ethnicities, but they often end up living with their own ethnicity and nothing more.
The solutions to this social issue is quite simple. There are many local organizations, which people may join in their community.Also, events occur in South Philly, where people can also come and gather with other people. For example, the Odunde Festival in South Philly brings awareness to the African culture, yet people from different cultures come to that event. People buy clothes, food, jewelry, and etc. from their culture. Towards to the end of the festival, music is played to bring the whole community as one.
Also, Penn’s Landing has so many diverse festivals, in which everyone is welcomed to come. It has festivals for Hispanics, African Americans, the LGBT community, etc. At the festivals, people come together to eat, dance, and communicate from different cultures. For example, at the Hispanic Festival there were people who were and were not Hispanic dancing the salsa and bachata. You don't have to belong to a certain race to go to one of these festivals; instead you can go to support and become more knowledgeable. With the help of these festivals and people coming together as one, Philadelphia will actually become diverse.