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Old 04-09-2007, 11:42 PM
 
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My husband and I are educated professional African Americans. What is life like for educated African American's in El Paso? (Churches, Community Organizations, Events, Night Life, Neighborhoods ect.)
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Old 04-09-2007, 11:57 PM
 
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I have some friends that are educated african americans. They seem to be doing well here. You can live in any nice El Paso neighborhood and you will be very welcome!
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Old 04-10-2007, 12:38 AM
 
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My husband and I are educated professional African Americans. What is life like for educated African American's in El Paso? (Churches, Community Organizations, Events, Night Life, Neighborhoods ect.)

The black population here is only about 3%, but blacks are the most solidly middle class here. They have the same problems that others that don't speak Spanish and aren't from Mexico do -- which means it will feel a bit like living in a foreign country but there's not much racism like in some cities.

There are black organizations, a beauty contest, some black chuches -- Baptist I think.
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Old 06-22-2007, 10:41 AM
 
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The black population here is only about 3%, but blacks are the most solidly middle class here. They have the same problems that others that don't speak Spanish and aren't from Mexico do -- which means it will feel a bit like living in a foreign country but there's not much racism like in some cities.

There are black organizations, a beauty contest, some black chuches -- Baptist I think.
What are race relations like between African-Americans and Mexican-Americans in El Paso? From the news I hear about LA, relations between both groups have been very disturbing.
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Old 06-22-2007, 11:35 AM
 
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I would say the relations between the two groups are by & large pretty good. About the only thing I've ever heard of was several years ago at some east side high school there was a massive melee between mexican-americans and african-americans. Anyone remember that?
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Old 06-22-2007, 11:38 AM
 
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I would say the relations between the two groups are pretty good. About the only thing I've ever heard of was several years ago at some east side high school there was a massive melee between mexican-americans and african-americans. Anyone remember that?
I have never lived in El Paso, but I have considered moving there as a teenager(mainly because of my horrible allergies in GA). I did live in Ft. Worth once. From what I heard race relations there aren't very good, especially when I compare Ft. Worth to Dallas or Houston.
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Old 06-22-2007, 10:47 PM
 
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What are race relations like between African-Americans and Mexican-Americans in El Paso? From the news I hear about LA, relations between both groups have been very disturbing.
I think that's less here -- and most blacks here are middle class and at that level, I don't think there are many problems with either whites or hispanics. Some schools do have problems -- but I don't believe that is across the board. I'd be choosey about the part of town if I were black. There are gang problems in El Paso, the whole turf thing but in reality that probably affects the unsuspecting hispanic kids the most. From what I've seen and heard hispanic kids have the most fear of walking through a neighborhood they aren't supposed to be in -- ironically they are more likely targetted by gangs.

If you're not in an area of high gang activity, then I don't think it would be bad for any race.
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Old 06-23-2007, 05:44 PM
 
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I'm African-American. Most here are middle class, but many are military. My family has been here since the 40's. There are several AME churches around town. There is an active AKA chapter, don't know about others. I have never had a problem w/ race relations between Hispanics and blacks here. In fact, the relationship between the two groups is a close one, with many intermarriages and children - nothing like in California.

I'm leaving as soon as our house is sold - we're moving to Maryland. However, I'd suggest contacting Dr. Maceo Dailey, the chair of the African-American Studies department @ Univ. of Texas El Paso. He's not originally from here but he is extremely active in the AA community and very open to any questions.
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Old 06-24-2007, 11:10 AM
 
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I'm African-American. Most here are middle class, but many are military. My family has been here since the 40's. There are several AME churches around town. There is an active AKA chapter, don't know about others. I have never had a problem w/ race relations between Hispanics and blacks here. In fact, the relationship between the two groups is a close one, with many intermarriages and children - nothing like in California.

I'm leaving as soon as our house is sold - we're moving to Maryland. However, I'd suggest contacting Dr. Maceo Dailey, the chair of the African-American Studies department @ Univ. of Texas El Paso. He's not originally from here but he is extremely active in the AA community and very open to any questions.
And it's the same as for anyone -- El Paso is different, more isolated. Some people like it here -- even love it, others really do not. It's very hard to predict who will like it. No one looking for a large population of their own ethnic group will find it here except for the obvious one. That goes for Germans, Greeks, Polish, Blacks, Irish.

There are likely one or two small groups for anyone's ethnic heritage but there are not going to be ethnic celebrations like in other cities where all groups have a role. Some cities have a multi-ethnic day and you can wander around tasting food from different cultures, or they have parades where there are a variety of floats representing different groups, but you won't look for that here.

I think anyone could find something to like about El Paso -- for me it's the weather and the mountains, but I've known people who just found nothing here, no reason to stay. I guess it matters what is important to an individual.
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Old 06-26-2007, 12:02 AM
 
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And it's the same as for anyone -- El Paso is different, more isolated. Some people like it here -- even love it, others really do not. It's very hard to predict who will like it. No one looking for a large population of their own ethnic group will find it here except for the obvious one. That goes for Germans, Greeks, Polish, Blacks, Irish.

There are likely one or two small groups for anyone's ethnic heritage but there are not going to be ethnic celebrations like in other cities where all groups have a role. Some cities have a multi-ethnic day and you can wander around tasting food from different cultures, or they have parades where there are a variety of floats representing different groups, but you won't look for that here.

I think anyone could find something to like about El Paso -- for me it's the weather and the mountains, but I've known people who just found nothing here, no reason to stay. I guess it matters what is important to an individual.
However things are in El Paso, they look much better than LA, or even Ft. Worth.
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