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Old 11-19-2011, 04:12 PM
 
Location: Jacksonville, FL
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I am in the process of deciding where to live next, within my metro area (Hartford, CT). There are some towns that have very high black populations (40-60%), but the towns themselves are middle/upper class with low crime rates. I am white and have almost always lived in towns where the vast majority of residents are white. Has anyone ever had an issue with this? I am not racist, and have several black friends, whom I love and get along with very well. But I would imagine that living in a town would be a difference experience.

Some questions to consider:

As a white person in a black town, have you ever felt isolated?

Have you ever had a difficult time making friends with the other residents?

Have others treated you differently, because you are white?

Can anyone comment on this matter from their own experience?

Personally, I would prefer to be around people who are similar to myself, so that I can relate to them better, culturally.

Thanks

 
Old 11-19-2011, 04:36 PM
 
Location: Florida
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To be honest, I have several black friends. One of my best friends is black and we have been friends for over 40 years. We have alot in common, our educational background, our careers. We have lived in different states for 30 years, he (yes, I am a woman), lives basically in a white neighborhood and has for years. He has no issues, like water he has seeked his own level.

Prior to living in Florida, I lived in the Atlanta area, it was considered a grey area, upper middle class, well maintained, lovely area, I never had an issue, all who lived there were professional, well educated people and I really enjoyed living there, made many good friends who I am still in contact with today, we visit each other as often as possible.

My point, take your time to choose the right area and I believe, based on my experience that you will be just fine. Because we have a different color of skin, to me, does not mean we are not culturally compatible.

Just my thoughts, take what you want and leave the rest.
 
Old 11-19-2011, 04:40 PM
 
Location: Washington, DC NoVA
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no, i would not.

1) i don't want my kids growing up talking and acting like they are black or gangster or whatever just because they were raised around it
2) as long as i'm alive, race mixing in my family won't be tolerated... not out of racism, but in the best interest of our identity and culture that took thousands of years to protect and develop

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Old 11-19-2011, 04:55 PM
 
Location: Denver
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no, i would not.

1) i don't want my kids growing up talking and acting like they are black or gangster or whatever just because they were raised around it
2) as long as i'm alive, race mixing in my family won't be tolerated... Not out of racism, but in the best interest of our identity and culture that took thousands of years to protect and develop
ab?
 
Old 11-19-2011, 04:57 PM
 
Location: North Carolina
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I'm not a racist as some of my best friends are black but all the welfare, crime and crack smoking would get old after a while. I guess If I didn't have a family to protect and I couldn't afford anything better I would do what I had to do to get by.
 
Old 11-19-2011, 05:04 PM
 
Location: Underneath the Pecan Tree
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I'm not a racist as some of my best friends are black but all the welfare, crime and crack smoking would get old after a while. I guess If I didn't have a family to protect and I couldn't afford anything better I would do what I had to do to get by.
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Old 11-19-2011, 05:17 PM
 
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Yeah.

I can totally see this thread going in all kinds of directions, and none of them are good.
 
Old 11-19-2011, 05:22 PM
 
Location: Denver
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Yeah.

I can totally see this thread going in all kinds of directions, and none of them are good.
I don't know why people make these threads in the first place..
 
Old 11-19-2011, 05:29 PM
 
Location: North Carolina
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I don't know why people make these threads in the first place..
because if they didn't this forum would be boring.

now
on with the racism
 
Old 11-19-2011, 05:41 PM
 
Location: Jollyville, TX
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Frankly, I think of it more as classism than racism. I prefer to live amongst people of my own class regardless of their color or ethnicity. I don't care to live in a "high class" neighborhood anymore than I would a lower class area. I like somewhere in the middle with a healthy dose of diversity. If it's as you say, upper/middle class, as long as you are comfortable with that, there shouldn't be any issues.
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