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Old 02-28-2010, 06:56 AM
 
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I have a job offer in Tuscaloosa and we have a 15 year old son who will be a high school Junior in the fall. I have been very involved over the years in the midwest with writing columns, advocating and being active in the nonprofit community. Can a liberal Yankee find a niche in the Tuscaloosa area? What about Hale County? We were looking at Moundville as a possibility. What high schools in the Tuscaloosa area have good track teams?
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Old 02-28-2010, 11:45 AM
 
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Tuscaloosa is fine. But first, as a transplant myself, let me deal with an apparent misconception you apparently have, and an insulting one at that. I'm sure you don't intend that, but it sure comes off that way.

Southerners are not a bunch of dumb, knuckle-dragging, mouth-breathing, intolerant rednecks. There are plenty of people down here who voted for Obama. They have not had bricks heaved through their rear windows because of an offending bumper sticker, nor have they have been shunned because of their political views. Crosses haven't been burned on their yards either. In other words, it ain't an episode of In The Heat Of The Night.

That's because Southerners tend to be people-oriented, and tend to evaluate people on how they behave rather than what they think. If you are a self-styled liberal who insists on injecting your political views into every conversation in order to edify the unwashed masses down here, then you will be disliked because it is obnoxious behavior, not because you have a different point of view.

If, on the other hand, you engage people constructively when the subject comes up and then gracefully change the subject to other topics, then you will be accepted by even the most conservative person out there. The key is to express a differing point of view in a respectful manner and move on.

So which kind of person will you be?

To answer the other half of your question, I think Tuscaloosa would probably be the better fit for you, what with it being a university town.

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Old 02-28-2010, 03:24 PM
 
Location: Tuscaloosa, Alabama
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I have a job offer in Tuscaloosa and we have a 15 year old son who will be a high school Junior in the fall. I have been very involved over the years in the midwest with writing columns, advocating and being active in the nonprofit community. Can a liberal Yankee find a niche in the Tuscaloosa area? What about Hale County? We were looking at Moundville as a possibility. What high schools in the Tuscaloosa area have good track teams?
I'm a Republican myself, but I think you'd fit in better in Tuscaloosa than most other large cities in the state. The University of Alabama is a lot more liberal than the other large public universities in the state, so there aren't any shortage of people that share your views. Also, the influence of the Black Belt supports the Democratic vote a bit as well.

The counties to the west and south of Tuscaloosa are going to be more liberal than Tuscaloosa itself, but the education of those areas isn't nearly as good.

As far as schools, if you live in Tuscaloosa, you'll probably want to send your child to a private school. The public schools aren't terrible, but unless you live in the nicer areas of town, your child will get a much better education at a private school.

That being said, the private schools in town are religious, as in they have a Christian background. I would say that the best one in town is American Christian Academy, which one of my family members actually attends. It's a very good school, and they have a good track team (my family member is actually involved in the team).

Some research on education in the area will aid in your decision I promise, you just have to look around and keep an open mind.
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Old 02-28-2010, 03:39 PM
 
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Tuscaloosa is fine. But first, as a transplant myself, let me deal with an apparent misconception you apparently have, and an insulting one at that. I'm sure you don't intend that, but it sure comes off that way.

Southerners are not a bunch of dumb, knuckle-dragging, mouth-breathing, intolerant rednecks. There are plenty of people down here who voted for Obama. They have not had bricks heaved through their rear windows because of an offending bumper sticker, nor have they have been shunned because of their political views. Crosses haven't been burned on their yards either. In other words, it ain't an episode of In The Heat Of The Night.

That's because Southerners tend to be people-oriented, and tend to evaluate people on how they behave rather than what they think. If you are a self-styled liberal who insists on injecting your political views into every conversation in order to edify the unwashed masses down here, then you will be disliked because it is obnoxious behavior, not because you have a different point of view.

If, on the other hand, you engage people constructively when the subject comes up and then gracefully change the subject to other topics, then you will be accepted by even the most conservative person out there. The key is to express a differing point of view in a respectful manner and move on.

So which kind of person will you be?

To answer the other half of your question, I think Tuscaloosa would probably be the better fit for you, what with it being a university town.

Please accept my apology, I consider myself to be an advocate for others and have spent years trying to make a difference for kids, special education and other issues. I know that there are people everywhere who care, just looking for an area where I can fit in with appropriate advocacy and activism.
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Old 02-28-2010, 03:56 PM
 
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Tuscaloosa is fine. But first, as a transplant myself, let me deal with an apparent misconception you apparently have, and an insulting one at that. I'm sure you don't intend that, but it sure comes off that way.

Southerners are not a bunch of dumb, knuckle-dragging, mouth-breathing, intolerant rednecks. There are plenty of people down here who voted for Obama.
Perhaps you didn't mean it this way, but your last comment implies that those who didn't vote for Obama are "knuckle-dragging, mouth-breathing, intolerant rednecks".
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Old 02-28-2010, 04:03 PM
 
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Perhaps you didn't mean it this way, but your last comment implies that those who didn't vote for Obama are "knuckle-dragging, mouth-breathing, intolerant rednecks".
Nope. I'm saying that's what we get a lot of down here. It's really amazing how condescending people can be. I didn't realize it until I became an Alabamian myself.

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Old 02-28-2010, 04:07 PM
 
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Please accept my apology, I consider myself to be an advocate for others and have spent years trying to make a difference for kids, special education and other issues. I know that there are people everywhere who care, just looking for an area where I can fit in with appropriate advocacy and activism.
This is kind of what I'm talking about. Everybody cares. It's just a matter of differing approaches and philosophies. The way you worded that implies that only people who agree with your own position are caring people.
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Old 02-28-2010, 05:21 PM
 
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Default the hole keeps getting deeper

Beyond politics, Obama, midwest or bleeding heart, where can an activist type of liberal fit in who cares about poverty, etc? Maybe I should just give up since my hole keeps getting deeper everytime I post a reply, just trying to find a location where I can find a niche of some sort.
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Old 02-28-2010, 07:10 PM
 
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Notorious Socialist labor agitator Mother Jones lived in Tuscaloosa for awhile, so a bleeding heart liberal wouldn't be anything new there...
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Old 02-28-2010, 08:03 PM
 
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Beyond politics, Obama, midwest or bleeding heart, where can an activist type of liberal fit in who cares about poverty, etc? Maybe I should just give up since my hole keeps getting deeper everytime I post a reply, just trying to find a location where I can find a niche of some sort.
You sound like a sincere person who will fit in just fine in Tuscaloosa, or anywhere else for that matter.
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