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Old 05-29-2007, 09:36 PM
 
Location: Chicagoland area
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Out of all of the places you've been, from a small farm to a great urban metropolis, which areas of our great country seem to be backwards, socially? Meaning, where do people show hostility to newcomers, unfair work practice, prejudice, segregation, etc.
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Old 05-29-2007, 11:44 PM
 
Location: Fallon
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Out of all of the places you've been, from a small farm to a great urban metropolis, which areas of our great country seem to be backwards, socially? Meaning, where do people show hostility to newcomers, unfair work practice, prejudice, segregation, etc.
Worst place I have ever been is McGehee Ark. A close second is Redfield Ark.
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Old 05-30-2007, 12:47 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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It's gonna be a large city since you end up interacting with more people than you would in small town. You wouldn't even have to talk to them but just watch the people that pass you by and observe their attitude.
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Old 05-30-2007, 02:12 PM
 
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Kentucky and Mississippi are probably the most backward areas of the U.S. and Kentucky has massive OxyContin and meth addiction problems (what is that, a poor man's speedball?).
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Old 05-30-2007, 03:42 PM
 
Location: Hermitage, Tennessee
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I'd say Memphis, Tennessee. Lived there.
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Old 05-30-2007, 03:45 PM
 
Location: VA
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West Virginia away from the 4 Lane Highways
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Old 05-30-2007, 03:49 PM
 
Location: Fly-over country.
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I'd have to say, as far as segregation, NYC minus Manhattan. It's pretty much the same in every large city I've lived in. You've got the white, black, latino, jewish, italian, etc neighborhoods, for example, in Brooklyn where I lived in the early 90s. When people think segregation, they think "the south" but I've found most every place to be segregated for the most part, often along racial if not economic lines. The "unfair work practices" are normally now associated with illegals. People with legitimate status these days shouldn't have a problem, with limited exceptions of course.

Segregation, often voluntary, driving the sprawl is hard to admit for many, I'm sure. I have never lived on the west coast, so I can't compare to the SW, SE, Mid-A or NE.

As far as education levels the two worst places I have seen are the public schools in DC and the ones in certain parts of Houston (Yates, Worthing, that area). For the general guy you meet on the street, I'd have to go with LA. It's a shame.
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Old 05-30-2007, 04:10 PM
 
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I have lived in 3 states. Ohio, California and Texas. Without a doubt, Texas is the most backward state I have ever lived in.

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Old 05-30-2007, 04:51 PM
 
Location: Missouri
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I haven't been to the deep south, but I have passed through West Virginia a couple of times and some of the homes and towns were really creepy. Creepy looking people living in beat up, falling over sheds basically. No offense to those from WV, as some areas are perfectly nice.
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Old 05-30-2007, 05:01 PM
 
Location: 602/520
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The Appalachians. Many areas from northern Alabama and Georgia, northward through Pennsylvania has to be the most backwards part of the country. You can read some of the local subforums on this site and witness the provinical and unwelcoming attitudes of many existing residents. They somehow believe that they "own" the areas in which they live, and get mad when people from more sophisticated areas try to change their region for the better.

There is quite a bit of prejudice and intolerance in many northern Appalachian communities toward minority populations. I think people in these areas are the most oblivious to the change that goes on in other areas, and are often twenty years behind the times. Just a few months ago during my short, short relocation to northeastern Pennsylvania, a black friend of mine and I went out to eat at a restaurant. Although the restaurant was practically empty, it took us about ten minutes for someone to seat us. Once seated, a waitress in the restaurant kept giving us dirty looks, and refused to serve us, despite several attempts to get her attention. We just walked out.

I have traveled around the country, and have never experienced anything like that. I figure it has something to do with the fact that the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, PA MSA is the least-diverse MSA in the ENTIRE country.
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