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Old 03-16-2018, 05:27 PM
 
Location: Atlanta
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Old 03-16-2018, 06:12 PM
 
Location: Nashville TN, Cincinnati, OH
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I don't agree with you.

Anyone who's spent any kind of real time in L.A. and the Valley(s) knows that while perhaps tolerant, Los Angeles is highly, highly socially segregated. Different races sometimes mix geographically in certain neighborhoods, but seldom, if ever, do different ethnicities intermingle. Oh sure, it -can- happen in a city of ~4m, but it's a rare and startlingly noted exception to the rule. It's definitely one of the worst (and glaringly obvious) things about La-La land imho.

If that's considered "harmonious" to someone, it certainly is a poor narrative on where we stand as a country of many colors in 2018. People in L.A. need to really give others who look and speak different a chance instead of the cold shoulder that is the city's 'de rigueur'.


NYC is ten times more socially integrated than L.A. is, was, or ever will be. Chock it up to west coast standoffishness as opposed to the in-your-face east coast mentality.
NYC is way more diverse than LA and I agree with your statement. LA is like 70 percent Mexican not that diverse.
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Old 03-16-2018, 08:06 PM
 
Location: Springfield, Ohio
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Oakland, for the most part. Still some tension, but one of the most mixed cities in the country and people living side-by-side in most neighborhoods with no issues.
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Old 03-16-2018, 09:58 PM
 
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Atlanta.
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Old 03-16-2018, 10:05 PM
 
Location: NE Mississippi
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Self-explanatory title. We live in a fairly racist nation (though I do think other nations are worse), on a pretty racially divided planet, but are there any cities in America you've been that have had a high level of harmony between various races and ethnicities? By "harmony" I mean tolerance, inclusion, diversity in venues/hiring/standards of life, unity, basically anything along those lines...

What I don't mean is a city with perfect race relations--it doesn't exist...

Off the top of my head, the two major Carolina cities, Charlotte and Raleigh, are easily two of the most racially harmonious cities I've been around. I'd be interested in people's experiences within those cities or any others!
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Old 03-16-2018, 10:24 PM
 
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Atlanta.
Not from my experience of living there. It was the least of the places I've lived in and I've never heard so much talk about race until I moved to Atl. (Alot of times in a negative light) Please elaborate.
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Old 03-16-2018, 11:37 PM
 
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Not from my experience of living there. It was the least of the places I've lived in and I've never heard so much talk about race until I moved to Atl. (Alot of times in a negative light) Please elaborate.

Talking about race, being comfortable talking about race...is not a bad thing. If anything, it is a sign of "harmony," or at least the pursuit of harmony/community improvement--instead of just obtusely and color-blindingly sweeping things under the rug as if race does not exist.
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Old 03-17-2018, 12:49 AM
 
Location: Atlanta
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Talking about race, being comfortable talking about race...is not a bad thing. If anything, it is a sign of "harmony," or at least the pursuit of harmony/community improvement--instead of just obtusely and color-blindingly sweeping things under the rug as if race does not exist.
Thank you, aries4118!

There is a comfort level here that simply doesn't exist in most major cities, particularly in regard to black/white relations - and I have been to all of them.

This is the cradle of the Civil Rights movement, and our politicians had cooler heads than any other major city in the South back then. The most telling example of this is the fact that Birmingham and Atlanta were equals in size and stature in the early 60's. Look at the differences between the two now. This is also the only major city with a large black population that didn't experience riots in the aftermath of MLK's assassination, despite the fact that he was born here and buried here.

For the past 20 years, political and business leaders of Metro Atlanta have taken annual trips to other major cities to see what they are doing right and wrong, and what we can learn from them. On a visit to Chicago several years ago, our leadership was told by their equals there that they would love to be able to address racial issues as openly as we do. 'That is considered taboo here' was the oft-repeated quote they brought home.

We are proud of this fact, including all of the ethnicities that make up this beautiful place. This includes this white guy that spent his childhood in the segregated Midwest, and is proud to call Atlanta home.
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Old 03-17-2018, 09:51 PM
 
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Atlanta.
With an average dissimilarity index of 88.1 since 1940, Atlanta has been more racially segregated than any other Southern city inhabited by at least 100k black residents since then. The least racially segregated among those same Southern cities since 1940 is New Orleans, with an average index of 78.7. More residential segregation leads to less social contact and vice versa.

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Old 03-17-2018, 10:54 PM
 
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Thank you, aries4118!

There is a comfort level here that simply doesn't exist in most major cities, particularly in regard to black/white relations - and I have been to all of them.

This is the cradle of the Civil Rights movement, and our politicians had cooler heads than any other major city in the South back then. The most telling example of this is the fact that Birmingham and Atlanta were equals in size and stature in the early 60's. Look at the differences between the two now. This is also the only major city with a large black population that didn't experience riots in the aftermath of MLK's assassination, despite the fact that he was born here and buried here.

For the past 20 years, political and business leaders of Metro Atlanta have taken annual trips to other major cities to see what they are doing right and wrong, and what we can learn from them. On a visit to Chicago several years ago, our leadership was told by their equals there that they would love to be able to address racial issues as openly as we do. 'That is considered taboo here' was the oft-repeated quote they brought home.

We are proud of this fact, including all of the ethnicities that make up this beautiful place. This includes this white guy that spent his childhood in the segregated Midwest, and is proud to call Atlanta home.

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