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Old 01-14-2012, 05:19 PM
 
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I've heard a lot of stereotypes, but what is the real situation with regards to attitudes towards other races in the rural South? Are most people pretty closed-minded towards other races/ethnicities? Or are they tolerant/welcoming on the whole? I know some areas are mostly black, while others are mostly white, how are black white relations? How do whites and blacks view say Asians, Latinos, Middle Easterners? If an Asian American moved into some small town in Tennessee or West Virginia would he/she be accepted? I suppose a white transplant might also be viewed with suspicion, but do these closed-minded attitudes still exist to a large degree?
SO racist....
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Old 01-14-2012, 09:54 PM
 
Location: The Bay and Maryland
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I think it varies from town to town and person to person just like anywhere else. You have to realize people in very, or totally, White places in the rural areas may not be racist or live apart from minorities because they want to. Most Americans live in rather diverse metro areas (cities & suburbs). Those of us living in more diverse metro areas like NYC, LA, DC, Houston, Bay Area, etc. tend to forget that America is overwhelmingly White to begin with. There are not enough minorities around to make every town in America "diverse", so to speak; not even close. Because of this, many rural dwellers may be surprised to see a Black, Hispanic or Asian person in their town and may even stare. Yes, these people will form opinions based on stereotypes because they don't deal with people of different racial backgrounds on a daily basis. However, I think it is fair to say that only a wack-job minority of rural White folk would direct violence towards an innocent ethnic person living in their community.

All in all, most of America is profoundly segregated. Even the big "melting pot" cities like NYC and L.A. aren't like melting pots at all; but they are more like frozen microwavable TV dinners with separate plastic food compartments where the White rice doesn't touch the Black eyed peas or the beans or the fried rice. Being a minority in America, period, you will already know what it is like to be the only Black, Hispanic or Asian person around unless you live a ghetto/barrio/chinatown your whole life. The same goes for the rarer exception of Whites growing up in minority-majority areas.

I currently live in a very diverse area in suburban Maryland. However, only five miles down the road from where I live is extremely rural and very White. Maryland is technically the south and the rural areas out here are comparable to places in the Deep South. It is not uncommon to see people flying confederate flags on their front yard and on the back of their trucks only a short five miles away. There are plenty of deer-hunting Nascar watching redneck Larry the Cable Guy types out there. The KKK is also known to be active in this area as well to a small mostly non-visible extent. But is racial tension and violence normal there? No. People get along out here for the most part.

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Old 01-14-2012, 10:10 PM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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I think it varies from town to town and person to person just like anywhere else. You have to realize people in very, or totally, White places in the rural areas may not be racist or live apart from minorities because they want to. Most Americans live in rather diverse metro areas (cities & suburbs). Those of us living in more diverse metro areas like NYC, LA, DC, Houston, Bay Area, etc. tend to forget that America is overwhelmingly White to begin with. There are not enough minorities around to make every town in America "diverse", so to speak; not even close. Because of this, many rural dwellers may be surprised to see a Black, Hispanic or Asian person in their town and may even stare. Yes, these people will form opinions based on stereotypes because they don't deal with people of different racial backgrounds on a daily basis. However, I think it is fair to say that only a wack-job minority of rural White folk would direct violence towards an innocent ethnic person living in their community.

All in all, most of America is profoundly segregated. Even the big "melting pot" cities like NYC and L.A. aren't like melting pots at all; but they are more like frozen microwavable TV dinners with separate plastic food compartments where the White rice doesn't touch the Black eyed peas or the beans or the fried rice. Being a minority in America, period, you will already know what it is like to be the only Black, Hispanic or Asian person around unless you live a ghetto/barrio/chinatown your whole life. The same goes for the rarer exception of Whites growing up in minority-majority areas.
Haha I like that.

I always joke that Michigan is white with black polka dots, lol.
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Old 01-15-2012, 05:20 AM
 
Location: St. Joseph Area
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Haha I like that.

I always joke that Michigan is white with black polka dots, lol.
Boy, that's the truth. The town I live in is basically 100% white, but Benton Harbor, only 15 miles north of me is 90% black. The same goes for Saginaw, Flint and Detroit and other cities to a lesser degree here. THe social segregation up here didn't hit me until I moved South. Until then I thought it was normal for blacks and whites to not associate with each other.
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Old 01-15-2012, 08:19 AM
 
Location: Destrehan, Louisiana
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I'm not assuming anything. My only experience with racism has been with whites who are racists toward others, so that's the only thing I addressed. I never said only whites are racist.

So you being black, living around blacks never saw blacks being racist towards others. I'm calling your post BS.
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Old 01-15-2012, 09:14 AM
 
Location: Atlanta
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Haha I like that.

I always joke that Michigan is white with black polka dots, lol.
I'd personally like to know how racist rural Australia is. I've heard stories of bad discrimination and treatment towards the Aborigine population.
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Old 01-15-2012, 10:35 AM
 
Location: Bellingham, WA
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So you being black, living around blacks never saw blacks being racist towards others. I'm calling your post BS.
What makes you think I'm black?
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Old 01-15-2012, 10:54 AM
 
Location: Denver
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What makes you think I'm black?
Has to be living in Bellingham, WA.
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Old 01-15-2012, 01:03 PM
 
Location: Bellingham, WA
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Has to be living in Bellingham, WA.
Yep, one of the least-white cities around!
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Old 01-17-2012, 06:09 PM
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Location: New Albany, Indiana (Greater Louisville)
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The most racist people I've ever met are from Cincinnati. I know a few people from there that never go more than 1 minute without complaining about "N-gger this" & N-gger that". And I mean stuff that is just awful compared to any other racist comments I've heard. Southern Indiana has a lot of racist people that I've met also.
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