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Old 11-22-2009, 02:46 PM
 
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Default Italians in Baton Rouge

I am an Italian american from NY and might be relocating to Baton Rouge for my job. I am fairly dark, can pass for llight skinned Cuban. My question is will I stick out in Baton Rouge or be ostracized? I heard there was some anti-Mexican sentinent in the area as well. I know New Orleans has Italians and is a pretty diverse city, how does Baton Rouge compare?
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Old 11-22-2009, 05:15 PM
 
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Nobody will notice you . It's a non issue .
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Old 11-23-2009, 07:14 AM
 
Location: Baton Rouge, LA
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I am an Italian american from NY and might be relocating to Baton Rouge for my job. I am fairly dark, can pass for llight skinned Cuban. My question is will I stick out in Baton Rouge or be ostracized? I heard there was some anti-Mexican sentinent in the area as well. I know New Orleans has Italians and is a pretty diverse city, how does Baton Rouge compare?
Baton Rouge is (my estimate, and I recall seeing a map years ago that confirmed this) about 1/3 Catholic. And there are a decent number of Italians here. So it's a non issue. And there is NOT anti Mexican sentiment here.
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Old 11-23-2009, 08:19 AM
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Default Italian

Hello there. My husband is Italian, but looks like a regular American guy. You should not have any problems here! The only thing about here is that with you being from NY remember that we are much slower paced down here and will talk to you at the drop of a hat-very friendly and outgoing people here. Anti mexican? I would say a little bit, but feel that is everywhere as many people are po'd aboutmany of them being here illegally. best to you!
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Old 11-23-2009, 09:05 AM
 
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An Italian,?My what is the world coming to?LOL ,Just jokeing nobody will have a problem and if they do to Heck with them. I have a 94 yr. old neighbor whom is Italian and She and Her family are just the best.You won't have any trouble down here.
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Old 12-01-2009, 05:19 AM
 
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Sicilian have benn a part of South Louisiana before NY.NJ
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Old 12-13-2009, 02:54 PM
 
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My dad's side of the family is Italian, and I've lived a few short miles south of South BR in the Gonzales area (Dutchtown) for years and years. My dad never told me about any problems.

You shouldn't have any issue, but like one of the posters above said, we do take it slower here, and most of the people are much friendlier than you will be used to so try and expect that.
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Old 12-24-2009, 04:09 AM
 
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I am an Italian american from NY and might be relocating to Baton Rouge for my job. I am fairly dark, can pass for llight skinned Cuban. My question is will I stick out in Baton Rouge or be ostracized? I heard there was some anti-Mexican sentinent in the area as well. I know New Orleans has Italians and is a pretty diverse city, how does Baton Rouge compare?

lol if you look Cuban you will be considered black here. Half of my family is very fair skinned and people in other states always think they are hispanic.
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Old 04-18-2010, 01:38 PM
 
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Anti Mexican? in some areas! Last I lived there I was in Sherwood... Now, there were some very nice people there BUT... everyone from my landlord (jerk) to some of the older white folks (jerks) would drop their anti-mexican, anti-poor, anti-unwhite crap on me... They landlord complained about the last people who lived there (you rented to them moron) and all he could muster up was "Mexicans!"
People in the neighborhood would stop by when I was outside, "So wonderful to see a NICE family in here *wink*" --this happened often... most just hinted and implied, some came right out and said they were glad to see the Mexicans gone.

There was an apt complex behind my house that took section 8, I found my neighbors from that bld to be very nice people. Yet again, "Oh that must be rough with THAT in your back yard"

Anywhere you go there are idiots.... thankfully, the vast majority in BR are kind and entertaining people... as for the idiots, I would just mess with them... tell them that I was mexican, etc. Just to watch them try to back pedal.

But BR is pretty diverse, and the avg normal person doesn't care or notice.
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