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Old 09-25-2010, 01:09 PM
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We are an interracial couple who has visited Jasper, Al. Twice in the last two years. We have friends who live near Lewis Smith Lake, and when we visited them we found that we kind of fell in love with the idea of possibly living in the area (more specifically on the lake). Our question is " How would we fair as an interracial couple in Walker and surrounding counties and townships"? Is there racial diversity and acceptance in this part of Alabama? Anybody selling one of those beautiful lake homes cheap? Lol......
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Old 09-26-2010, 04:41 PM
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The area around Lewis Smith Lake is the whitest area in Alabama. Maybe the southeast. Parts of the lake are in Winston and Cullman counties. Both were sundown counties until just a couple of decades ago. The best place for diversity in Alabama is on Birmingham's southside. But it's in the city and not on a lake.
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Old 09-26-2010, 07:05 PM
Location: Tuscaloosa,AL
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I'm from Jasper originally, and Winston County and Cullman County are definitely predominately white. Very, very, very few black people in those counties. Walker County, which is where Jasper is, has more black people. There aren't many black people in the northern part of Walker County near the lake. There are more blacks in Jasper and in the southern part of the county. A lot of people from Jasper have houses on the lake, but there are also a whole lot of people from all over the state and even out of state who have houses there. If you live on the lake, especially the Walker County side, you probably wouldn't face any discrimination. At least I wouldn't think so. I'm young though, so I might have a different viewpoint than some of the older people.
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Old 09-26-2010, 07:25 PM
Location: Boonies of N. Alabama
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I live on the backside of the backwaters of Smith Lake. I'm in a town of about 400. We have a post office and a general store and now are the proud new owners of a dollar general :-). I don't know about on the lake proper but where I am, I doubt you would have much of a problem if any at all.
I see mixed couples in a lot of places these days and for the most part it doesn't seem to present a problem that I'm aware of.
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Old 09-26-2010, 08:16 PM
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I rented a place on the lake, you may have issues as I was casually told about a klan meeting by a man at the store whom I was chatting to. This was 8 or so years ago though, things may have changed.
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Old 09-27-2010, 07:29 AM
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I don't think you will have any problems. I live in an area where until a few years you never saw mixed couples, now it is not that uncommon. There may be a few really olde timers who stare but most folks don't give it a second thought.

No one is going to bother you or your wife. Will everyone come over and welcome you to the neighborhood, probably not but it may not be for the reason you think.. they just aren't friendly.

We had a poster a while back in a mixed marriage who posted he has never encountered any problems as a black man. He went to restaurants in Cullman with his wife who was white, where he was told he wouldn't be served, which turned out to be not true in fact everyone was very friendly.
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Old 09-27-2010, 10:59 PM
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Thanks to all that replied to my question. It sounds like it may be a mostly positive experience. I know that there are some people who are "stuck in the past" anywhere you go in our country, but they are slowly ebbing away. Making a move today, with the economy the way it is, and trying to sell one's present home is almost impossible. For this, and a hundred other reasons, a move to Smith Lake may not happen for us, but "the dream", especially for the wife is alive and well. If we do realize the dream, it's nice to know that we may be able to live there in relative peace. We met a few nice people there on our last visit about three months ago. Hope to get back there soon. Thanks all...............
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