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Old 05-07-2013, 11:05 AM
 
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Always wanted to drive across the USA as one of those "bucket list" things. That being said, I'm a minority. If I get off the beaten path in the deep south and stop to get gas or something to eat, am I in for trouble?
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Old 05-07-2013, 11:27 AM
 
Location: Austin, Texas
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I really hope this isn't just another one of those "stir things up threads"

You could just as easily be a victim of a hate crime in southern California as you can the deep south.

I would recommend knowing where you're going. But that's just a common sense thing. You'll be fine as long as you don't go looking for trouble yourself.

Of course, there's always a chance that mad things can happen to innocent people, but that applies to anyone.
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Old 05-07-2013, 11:33 AM
 
Location: M I N N E S O T A
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Me and a friend who is Somali, she wears a hijab. have been to the south.

The only thing that happened is that we did get looks, can't say if they we're "bad looks" or just "curious looks" but no big deal really.

aside from the looks we were treated like normal people while down there. Being physically assaulted because of your race, gender, religion, is pretty rare anywhere.
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Old 05-07-2013, 11:43 AM
 
Location: Austin, Texas
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Me and a friend who is Somali, she wears a hijab. have been to the south.

The only thing that happened is that we did get looks, can't say if they we're "bad looks" or just "curious looks" but no big deal really.

aside from the looks we were treated like normal people while down there. Being physically assaulted because of your race, gender, religion, is pretty rare anywhere.
Exactly.

We've moved on to financial and political discrimination now.
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Old 05-07-2013, 11:47 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
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Yes.
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Old 05-07-2013, 11:54 AM
 
Location: The beautiful Rogue Valley, Oregon
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Don't carry large sums of cash, there are several states (most notably Tennessee) that will seize it as "probable drug money" - and make it difficult to get it back.

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Old 05-07-2013, 12:13 PM
 
Location: West Tennessee
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Always wanted to drive across the USA as one of those "bucket list" things. That being said, I'm a minority. If I get off the beaten path in the deep south and stop to get gas or something to eat, am I in for trouble?
No.
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Old 05-07-2013, 12:31 PM
 
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Always wanted to drive across the USA as one of those "bucket list" things. That being said, I'm a minority. If I get off the beaten path in the deep south and stop to get gas or something to eat, am I in for trouble?
Doesn't the south have a very large minority population anyway, and always has? It's not like people in Mississippi, Georgia or Alabama will be SHOCKED if they see a non-white person.
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Old 05-07-2013, 12:39 PM
 
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Doesn't the south have a very large minority population anyway, and always has? It's not like people in Mississippi, Georgia or Alabama will be SHOCKED if they see a non-white person.
I wasn't talking about just getting crap from white people.
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Old 05-07-2013, 01:20 PM
 
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I wasn't talking about just getting crap from white people.
We honestly have all kinds of people in the South...all colors, ethnicities, religions, sexual orientations, etc. The South has come a long way since the Civil Rights Movement 50 years ago. I'm very confident in saying you'll be accepted and welcomed.

That said, there are always individuals (in every city/state/region/country) that are rude or aggressive...so you have to watch out for those anywhere you go. Just plan a specific route and know exactly where you are at all times and you should have a beautiful trip. Good luck.
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