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Old 05-19-2007, 07:11 PM
 
Location: Denver
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Hi!

Newbie here, and I wondered if anyone has an idea about whether there is diversity and/or tensions in Parker. I am bi-racial (Black and Hispanic), and I am moving in with my Caucasian boyfriend. Should I expect some unhappy looks? People being suspicious? Akwardness? I've lived in Denver all of my life but have never lived in a predominately white area and am feeling a little intimidated.

My questions come from a conversation I had with someone on the Light Rail who lived in Parker. We were talking about the commute from Parker to Downtown and when I mention the possibility of moving to Parker the gentleman seemed to be greatly shocked.

Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks!
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Old 05-19-2007, 07:15 PM
 
Location: Lakewood, CO
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Well, um, Parker and much of the metro area is very, very vanilla. That's the bad part, I suppose, for you. But the good news is that there is very little racism here and most folks won't even blink at an inter-racial couples. Quite simply it's just not a big deal at all. Colorado is very, very good in that respect--despite our major lack of racial diversity we seem to be very good at looking past skin color and looking straight to the core of a person.

I think you'll draw more dirty looks and tense encounters for living with your boyfriend than being in a bi-racial relationship.
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Old 05-20-2007, 10:09 PM
 
Location: South of Denver
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I agree that you probably won't have a problem. Some suburbs like Parker are so white, they 'need' to know a family of 'color' to prove they aren't prejudiced. In some cases, you might end up being the most popular folks on the street.

Non-traditional families are relatively common in the area, so bi-racial should be down the list of those who raise eyebrows.
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Old 05-22-2007, 02:18 AM
 
Location: Colorado
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No real estate agent will legally be able to help you with these questions. The best way to get to know the feel of any area is to do a little research yourself.

Simply go there and get involved in that community. Spend a weekend there at a hotel and simply dine in the restaurants, going to movies, or just going bowling, you'll get a sampling of whether that area is right for you.
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Old 05-23-2007, 04:24 PM
 
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Default Racial Diversity in Parker?

Nah,The folks in parker or any part of Colorado are very nice the kids may look at you twice -------maybe------ .I know 3 other couples similar to you,none have complained so far in 8+ years .Good luck.
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Old 09-26-2007, 11:57 AM
 
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Go to Aurora if you want diversity. It's just a little bit north of Parker and cheaper too. Many mixed race people, many hispanics and many blacks. It is in my opinion the most racially diverse place in Colorado. There are Ethiopians, Russians, Filipinos, Koreans, etc...
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Old 09-26-2007, 09:05 PM
 
Location: Broomfield
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I can't speak specifically about Parker but we lived in Castle Rock and I was afraid of some of the locals. My next door neighbor had the confederate flag tattooed on his arm and this was in a "nice" neighborhood. In three years, my husband and I never went to any of the local restaurants or bars after dark. It was just too rural for me and I didn't find the people to be all that accepting for "Christian" folks. Again, Parker might be different.
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Old 09-26-2007, 11:06 PM
 
Location: Staring at Mt. Meeker
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Default Check the Statistics, then visit a few times

I've been to Parker a number of times and it's rather white. The stats say almost 90%, so I would simply visit a number of times and feel the vibe first-hand. You'll likely be surprised by the lack of response either way.

After you visit, please post your findings so we can hear it first-hand.
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Old 09-29-2007, 11:23 AM
 
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I can't speak specifically about Parker but we lived in Castle Rock and I was afraid of some of the locals. My next door neighbor had the confederate flag tattooed on his arm and this was in a "nice" neighborhood. In three years, my husband and I never went to any of the local restaurants or bars after dark. It was just too rural for me and I didn't find the people to be all that accepting for "Christian" folks. Again, Parker might be different.
Did that neighbor express any hatred toward you?
I know lots of guys who have a heart and some girl's name tattooed on them.
Doesn't mean they still like the bi... er... you know what I mean.
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Old 09-30-2007, 06:59 AM
 
Location: Broomfield
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We had many discussions about his tattoo. He felt it was simply a symbol of his southern pride. I disagreed. Consequently, we were not the best of friends but there was no cross burning on my lawn.
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