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Old 03-24-2009, 10:39 PM
 
Location: NC, USA
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Well, many moons ago the United States was segregated. When the first sit-in occurred in Greensboro, the choice of that city for this action was not haphazard. Because Greensboro has a large Quaker influence in public policy, this area was a hub of the underground railroad in the 1800's. Those who organized the sit-in chose Greensboro because, it was the largest Southern City where the protesters stood a really good chance of surviving the protest. None of the organizers wanted all the protesters to get shot down, this was the reaction they eventually got in Mississippi and Alabama. For Example, one young man was arrested for standing in the doorway of Woolworths, the charge was blocking a fire exit. The judge, in Greensboro, threw the case out of court, he believed that the young man would have moved had a fire actually occurred. Yes, there are neanderthals amongst us but, bigotry is not a mainstream family value with many of Greensboros residents.
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Old 03-25-2009, 09:00 PM
 
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I am here in Kentucky and will be leaving this year. The people here are not helpful. You all are talking about racism. I had it from both sides all my life. I am mixed with African American, American Indian, and French. Here in Kentucky racism runs deep. Ignorance runs deeper. We had an ice storm here and the city was like a war zone. No electricity for 2 weeks. There were only a handful of shelters open. People were living in there apartments without heat. Some people died as a result. They city officials were very disorganized. The economy here is not very good and once people graduate from college they go to other states. I think North Carolina has come along in regards to improving race relation. I think the economy is more stable in your state. There are areas that need improving. One is the gang problem. The same problem exist in California, Texas, Arkansas, Missouri, Ohio, District of Columbia, New York, and Maryland. What we must become is active citizens. Not inactive. My brother lives in North Carolina and he loves it. Every state has it good and bad points. As my mom said no place is perfect. We must attend meetings, start neighborhood watch, work with the police, citizens against crime, and other programs. I am going to be a solution to the problem. I am not going to complain. Just enlighten people to the issues.
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Old 03-27-2009, 10:45 AM
 
Location: NC, USA
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I am here in Kentucky and will be leaving this year. The people here are not helpful. You all are talking about racism. I had it from both sides all my life. I am mixed with African American, American Indian, and French. Here in Kentucky racism runs deep. Ignorance runs deeper. We had an ice storm here and the city was like a war zone. No electricity for 2 weeks. There were only a handful of shelters open. People were living in there apartments without heat. Some people died as a result. They city officials were very disorganized. The economy here is not very good and once people graduate from college they go to other states. I think North Carolina has come along in regards to improving race relation. I think the economy is more stable in your state. There are areas that need improving. One is the gang problem. The same problem exist in California, Texas, Arkansas, Missouri, Ohio, District of Columbia, New York, and Maryland. What we must become is active citizens. Not inactive. My brother lives in North Carolina and he loves it. Every state has it good and bad points. As my mom said no place is perfect. We must attend meetings, start neighborhood watch, work with the police, citizens against crime, and other programs. I am going to be a solution to the problem. I am not going to complain. Just enlighten people to the issues.

Another, not so little point, N.Carolina has this thing for education, the U. Of N. Carolina system has Universities in Chapel Hill, Greensboro, Asheville, Charlotte, and Wilmington, close enough to be commutable from almost anywhere in the state. Then, there are the other Universities and colleges, Community colleges et al, one is found in almost every county of the state. I have long suspected that bigotry is bred by ignorance. The state is working hard to relieve this aspect of life. (Also, and not exactly a little point, the citizens of our state are surrounded by some of the finest basketball to be found on this planet, tis the state Passion-it is contagious)
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Old 03-31-2009, 01:30 PM
 
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I am so sorry you've had a disappointing experience! Overall Greensboro is fantastic in my opinion. No place is perfect, that's for sure but it offers a good quality of life.

I suspect that racial tensions or negative slurs you're hearing are coming from some specific group of people (or person) with whom you work or live near. Sometimes it only takes one or two bad apples to give such a negative impression. Go downtown one Sat night or try to make friends outside of the group you have currently been exposed to. You may find out that you have been greatly missing out on quite tolerant diversity and an embracement of ethnicity.

As far as religion goes, I can definitely see how you could feel harrassed. I have not known anyone to go out of their way to harrass anyone else, but yes this is the bible belt and I think that people are far less intolerant of someone who may hold no religious views or ones that are drastically different from their own. I have never witnessed 'harassment' but I could see where an open discussion could leave you feeling judged.

I hope you'll go out of your way to expose yourself to some different people. I am happy to introduce you to my friends....a great group and always up for fun and encouraging one another.

Good luck!

Lisa
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Old 04-03-2009, 09:58 AM
 
Location: Greensboro
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Honestly I think that the people that think she's making excuses have their head in the sand. I was born and raised in NC and I have also lived in many cities here and i think that she is absolutly right. I have lived in Lexington, Randleman, and Asheboro for many years, yet I have also had the pleasure of travling at such a young age, and while living in Lexington I had my first experience with rasicm. I was 13 and an older man stood in my face and called me a ******.I responded nicely, but no 13 yr old should have to deal with that ever.
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