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Old 10-21-2015, 10:44 AM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic
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Yes, Americans are obsessed with race as much as the English are obsessed with class.
They care plenty about race, too. Try asking an elderly English person how they feel about Germans.
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Location: Long Island / NYC
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I disagree it's just about homogeneity. You'll get a very different reaction if you're nonwhite and move into rural West Virginia versus rural Vermont.
What would the difference be?
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Old 10-21-2015, 11:09 AM
 
Location: sumter
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unfortunately, you would be hard pressed to find such a place. I do my best to treat people as I would want them to treat me, and to be kind and respectful to any person. I have friends of various races, and I value and respect each and everyone of them.
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Old 10-21-2015, 11:51 AM
 
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They care plenty about race, too. Try asking an elderly English person how they feel about Germans.
Very true. The U.K. Is very race conscious as well. You should hear what Brits have to say about the current state of immigration in their country...

I hope one day all this race stuff can get put aside.
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Old 10-21-2015, 11:56 AM
 
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What would the difference be?
I was wondering the same thing and you are more apt to find a rural community with non white people in WV versus VT. You even have predominately Black small towns in WV.
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Old 10-21-2015, 02:05 PM
 
Location: Jonesboro
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I was wondering the same thing and you are more apt to find a rural community with non white people in WV versus VT. You even have predominately Black small towns in WV.
I'm thinking that the poster meant that the attitudes of rural Vermonter would be markedly different, i.e. better, toward people of a nonwhite race moving into their area or next door than the attitudes found in a similar situation were it to occur in rural West Virginia.
My experience has been that Vermonters may be about as color-blind as any place I've found in the U.S.
In other words, rural culture is markedly different and non-racist in Vermont even though just by appearances sake you might have cause to wonder.
Even though there are some nonwhites in rural West Virginias, I'm not so sure that whites there are as comparably color blind as Vermonters.
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Old 10-21-2015, 03:30 PM
 
Location: Atlanta metro (Cobb County)
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Vermont is in certain respects more culturally diverse than West Virginia, even if both are predominantly white. This is supported by ancestry data, as Vermont has larger populations with many different European backgrounds (e.g. French Canadian, given their proximity to Quebec), whereas West Virginia has a higher share claiming no specific ancestry or 'American'. It's also likely that a higher proportion of Vermont residents have previously lived in more diverse, urbanized areas vs. the case in West Virginia, and thus would have more familiarity with newcomers of different backgrounds.
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Old 10-21-2015, 08:32 PM
 
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Homogeneously white areas. There may be a few other small racial groups, but not enough to grant exposure to the "bad side" of the race which comes with larger numbers. The issue/obsession comes with the "bad side" of races, the few bad apples with very loud impacts.
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Old 10-22-2015, 04:14 AM
 
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Vermont is in certain respects more culturally diverse than West Virginia, even if both are predominantly white. This is supported by ancestry data, as Vermont has larger populations with many different European backgrounds (e.g. French Canadian, given their proximity to Quebec), whereas West Virginia has a higher share claiming no specific ancestry or 'American'. It's also likely that a higher proportion of Vermont residents have previously lived in more diverse, urbanized areas vs. the case in West Virginia, and thus would have more familiarity with newcomers of different backgrounds.
It depends on where in WV, as you do have small towns with Italian and Polish communities due to the coal mining industry. Some towns have small, but visible Hispanic populations as well. e-WV | Poles

e-WV | Italians

e-WV | African-American Heritage

Some towns: e-WV | Gary
e-WV | Keystone
e-WV | See West Virginia: See WV: Lewisburg
e-WV | Malden

Good point about those moving to rural VT from urban areas.

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Old 10-24-2015, 11:46 AM
 
Location: Iowa, USA
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Elementary schools.

I'd agree with those who answered homogeneous areas. I grew up in an all-white town and rarely thought about it. But I assume that's not what you're asking. You're talking about a diverse area. My best guess is that it would have to be an area with good social services as well as many minorities doing well financially. You would have to see a mixture of races everywhere you went. And those conditions would have had to be the case for quite some time.

But I can't imagine not noticing race, because it stands out immediately. In your example, is it really any different than saying "that blond guy over there"? It should just be a description. The problem is what we associate with the description.
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