Saturday, May 25, 2019

Greektown Ethnography

I took a trip to Greek town Casino in Detroit Michigan with my father, this trip was something of an unexpected trip but I figured it was a great place to observe the behaviors of many different cultures as Greek town casino is the home of a multicultural society. I wanted to observe the behaviors of those between African Americans and ovalbumin persons. I wanted to see if one race over the other exded to try more or if one culture got more aggressive as the night went on. While we know that casinos in Michigan restrict the age choke of gamblers did age affect those that gambled or was it just those of a certain race.The crowed is about sixty percent African American, Thirty Percent Caucasian and the other ten percent is in the category of what is called the others category. The age groups range from the young newbies that just turned twenty-one to late eighties. The bells and whistles are going off on nearby machines the crowds grow increasingly big at different tables as the m ore a person wins. Yet those who get along with for just something to do keep sat at their machines playing their slots.Looking around the people didnt seem any different the African Americans seemed to stay localized to the slots area whereas the Caucasians seemed to play at the tables more. I found a patron playing a cent slot named Gladys who gave me the rundown of the people and their actions. According to Gladys the Caucasian people tend to play on tables more and consume more alcoholic beverages as where the African Americans tend to gamble more at the slots and tend to smoke more than those of the Caucasian culture. I act to observe the patrons to see if what Gladys was saying was true.Great majorities of the Caucasians were in fact at tables and about sixty percent of them had a drink at hand. While majority of the African Americans were at a slot machine or an electronic table with no human interaction. I wondered if there was something to the no human interaction did Afr ican Americans think it was bad luck. Did they think it would make them gamble more? The move I observed the cultures at the casino the quicker I noticed that African Americans gambled more on the slots then the Caucasians at the tables.As the day went on I continued to talk to the staff and patrons regarding he behavior of everyone around. A few waitresses claimed African American men young or old were rude when it came to providing service. They were more touchy feely and made sexual comments, not to mention they left a lousy or no tip at all. Whereas Caucasians regardless of age, or gender provided better tips, manners and compliments said Allison the head supervisor of the wait staff. The pit managers claimed that Caucasians placed higher bets if there were a female table dealer where as African Americans placed higher bets if it was a male dealer.He went on to tell me that most Caucasians started their gambling in the casino with twenty-five dollars and that African American p laced bets of one hundred dollars to start their gambling fiasco. While it seemed explicit that regardless of shape, size or color everyone at the casino claimed not to care whether the won or lost. But as long as they had mutation that was all that mattered to them.In conclusion the African Americans tended to gamble more than Caucasian. But the Caucasians tended to get rougher as they drank and lost more.It was flop then and there that I realized that the casino wasnt really about money but about freedom. People of all different cultures were attack to Greektown casino in the hopes that they would possibly win, someone would listen to their story, and most of all that they would have fun and escape their everyday life. Regardless if a person had a drink or cigarette in hand, they were there laughing and spending whatever money they came with. It didnt matter who it was, African American, Caucasian or a member of the other category each and every one of them had a smile on thei r face and were laughing they were just there to have fun.

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