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Old 10-24-2015, 05:37 PM
Location: San Jose, CA
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To me, it's not obsessing over race when describing someone... it narrows down who you're talking about pretty quickly, don't you think? When you refer to people we know we can just use names and immediately know who we're talking about.

What's obsessing is making race central to every decision in your life. You'll know if you're obsessed if you wake up thinking about race, go to bed thinking about race, and most of the time in-between thinking about race. I've seen society over the last 25 years become more and more obsessed about race and I don't see it abating anytime soon.

Best rule of thumb is to treat others the way you'd like to be treated and follow the social norms of the area you live.
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Old 10-24-2015, 10:46 PM
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Originally Posted by ckhthankgod View Post
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.
The articles above should have also mentioned Storer College in Harpers Ferry.....C&W singer Kathy Mattea, an Italian from Nitro WV.....black televangelist/ author T.D. Jakes from Charleston.....and black historian Dr. Henry Louis Gates from Piedmont/ Keyser WV.
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Old 10-25-2015, 10:31 AM
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
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It seems that every city in the US is obsessed with race, some more than others. The East Coast seems to be less "politically correct" about this than the West, but every place is obsessed with race and race relations.
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Old 10-26-2015, 07:05 PM
Location: New York NY
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Race and what it means -- beyond the purely descriptive -- is part of the DNA of the U.S. Slavery (race) was written into the US constitution and we've been dealing with the fallout from that ever since. We fought a Civil war over slavery (race) and more or less wiped out Native Americans (race) to take their land. For generations we had immigration barriers against Asians (race) and more generally against all non-white people. We now have a presidential hopeful who wants to deport every undocumented Mexican there is (and yes I know Mexicans are a nationality, not a race, but the ethos behind that proposal is just racism by another name).

And finally we have a black president, and Obama IMO has brought out all the insecurities, fears, and craziness of millions of Americans who believe that "their" country is slipping away --- which in fact it is. Sometimes in the next few decades most demographers project that for the first time in US history white people will not be a majority of the population.

Frankly if the OP can find anyplace where Americans are not "obsessing" as he calls it over race -- and I'd call it just not being afraid to recognize and talk about the implications of race no matter what the demographics of an area are -- he has found someplace that is essentially backward-looking, happy in its ignorance, and mind-numbingly provincial. All the negative hateful structural and personal crap about race won't end if people ignore it. But if that's where you want to be,where folks fell that way, good luck with that. And let me know where it is so I can avoid it.
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