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Old 03-24-2010, 01:54 AM
 
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As a libertarian and atheist dating a black guy originally from Africa, I'm the furthest thing from a social conservative. That said, with fond memories of traveling city to city all across the U.S. during my early teens, I love the south (except Atlanta). "Have legs. Will travel for work" will be my post-graduation motto as I graduate from college in 2012; I'm willing to go ANYWHERE in the continental U.S. south of St. Louis so long as I'm confident I'd be happy living there for at least 10 years and so long as I'd be going to a city (or metro area thereof) with a population >300k.

Any recommendations on southern cities I should research outside of NOLA and Florida? Or should I just follow the stereotypes, ignore my memories as a teen, and tell myself that looking to the south for tolerance is like looking to Detroit for a job?

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Old 03-24-2010, 02:16 AM
 
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As a libertarian and atheist dating a black guy originally from Africa, I'm the furthest thing from a social conservative. That said, with fond memories of traveling city to city all across the U.S. during my early teens, I love the south (except Atlanta). "Have legs. Will travel for work" will be my post-graduation motto as I graduate from college in 2012; I'm willing to go ANYWHERE in the continental U.S. south of St. Louis so long as I'm confident I'd be happy living there for at least 10 years and so long as I'd be going to a city (or metro area thereof) with a population >300k.

Any recommendations on southern cities I should research outside of NOLA and Florida? Or should I just follow the stereotypes, ignore my memories as a teen, and tell myself that looking to the south for tolerance is like looking to Detroit for a job?
Some might say it's not "the South", but look into northern Virginia, as well as the Tidewater area of that state as well. Possibly look into military towns, as you are more apt to see interracial couples in said towns anywhere in the country, really.
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Old 03-24-2010, 02:37 AM
 
Location: Seatte, WA
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Athens, GA?
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Old 03-24-2010, 04:27 AM
 
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As a libertarian and atheist dating a black guy originally from Africa, I'm the furthest thing from a social conservative. That said, with fond memories of traveling city to city all across the U.S. during my early teens, I love the south (except Atlanta). "Have legs. Will travel for work" will be my post-graduation motto as I graduate from college in 2012; I'm willing to go ANYWHERE in the continental U.S. south of St. Louis so long as I'm confident I'd be happy living there for at least 10 years and so long as I'd be going to a city (or metro area thereof) with a population >300k.

Any recommendations on southern cities I should research outside of NOLA and Florida? Or should I just follow the stereotypes, ignore my memories as a teen, and tell myself that looking to the south for tolerance is like looking to Detroit for a job?

Sounds like Houston is perfect for you.

-One of the top 5 most diverse cities in America
-In the city itself, it is pretty tolerant towards anyone
-Interracial couples are pretty common (including myself, my gf is AA and I am German)
-There are many social Liberals found in the city and not much intolerance towards them.

Bonus is that there is a great economy here and large doses of culture to be found here

Our one drawback is a lack of good public transportation, but it is coming slowly

Other good cities in Texas are Dallas/ Ft Worth, Austin and San Antonio
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Old 03-24-2010, 04:32 AM
 
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looking to the south for tolerance is like looking to Detroit for a job?
Are we cynical or what?

You might consider Knoxville because the appalachian culture has a strong undercurrent of tolerance - live & let live, non conformity, etc.

You will encounter some intolerant people, but isn't that true of most anywhere?
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Old 03-24-2010, 05:27 AM
 
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On further reflection, what's expected here is that you don't walk around with a chip on your shoulder. Keep it to yourself and others won't pry.
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Old 03-24-2010, 05:33 AM
 
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Sounds like Houston is perfect for you.

-One of the top 5 most diverse cities in America
-In the city itself, it is pretty tolerant towards anyone
-Interracial couples are pretty common (including myself, my gf is AA and I am German)
-There are many social Liberals found in the city and not much intolerance towards them.

Bonus is that there is a great economy here and large doses of culture to be found here

Our one drawback is a lack of good public transportation, but it is coming slowly

Other good cities in Texas are Dallas/ Ft Worth, Austin and San Antonio
Maybe El Paso due to having Fort Bliss in the area. I forgot about the major Texas cities. Maybe Oklahoma cities like Oklahoma City, Norman and possibly Tulsa too. Those cities in OK, have Black, White, Native American, Hispanic/Latino and Asian communities and you are bound to have some IR's in places like that.
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Old 03-24-2010, 05:40 AM
 
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Some might say it's not "the South", but look into northern Virginia, as well as the Tidewater area of that state as well. Possibly look into military towns, as you are more apt to see interracial couples in said towns anywhere in the country, really.
Although some people say that Maryland is not the South but in reality it is. Anywhere between Washington-Baltimore-Frederick-Annapolis area is Very Friendly towards Immigrants(Montgomery County and Prince Georges County, Maryland have a very High Number of Immigrants from different countries with the Majority of them are from Latin Countries, The West Indies, and Africa), Prince Georges County, Maryland is 65% Black and Baltimore is about 60% Black.
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Old 03-24-2010, 08:25 AM
 
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I second Houston.
You could even check out the Baltimore area in Maryland.
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Old 03-24-2010, 08:39 AM
 
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As a libertarian and atheist dating a black guy originally from Africa, I'm the furthest thing from a social conservative. That said, with fond memories of traveling city to city all across the U.S. during my early teens, I love the south (except Atlanta). "Have legs. Will travel for work" will be my post-graduation motto as I graduate from college in 2012; I'm willing to go ANYWHERE in the continental U.S. south of St. Louis so long as I'm confident I'd be happy living there for at least 10 years and so long as I'd be going to a city (or metro area thereof) with a population >300k.

Any recommendations on southern cities I should research outside of NOLA and Florida? Or should I just follow the stereotypes, ignore my memories as a teen, and tell myself that looking to the south for tolerance is like looking to Detroit for a job?

i can relate -

savannah, charleston, wilmington are all good choices for 'southern' places that aren't too socially conservative, but they feel sort of isolated from the rest of america. austin, tx seems cool, although i've only visited. the huge urban/suburban mass between raleigh and winston-salem is pretty progressive and diverse, and is tolerable on the job front. not the most exciting place, but probably a smart choice.

in the south, as you go toward the mountains, people get religious and socially conservative. along the coast that dissipates.

for me, i ended up wherever i got hired, and that was in a much better labor market than today. that's what i'd advise, go where you can find a job.
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