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Old 02-25-2014, 10:13 AM
 
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I'm a young african american man and im 21 years and Im planning on attending des moines area community college at ankeny and i was wondering if I would be dealing with any kind of severe racism there beacuse I am coming from northeast Florida(south georgia) and the racism here is horrible. I'm a very respectful person if you let me be and I'm also kind of introverted or reserved. Is this the right move for me because I'm aware of the fact that Iowa has a high percentage of whites in the entire state but I don't judge a person because of their skin color but by their actions and personality.Will I experience alot unfairness or run into alot of bigots?. After I plan on attending community college in Iowa I then plan to transfer to the university of minnesota.
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Old 02-25-2014, 10:19 AM
 
Location: Des Moines Metro
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From your post, it sounds like you'll be fine.

Young people of any race who dress like gang bangers and have an attitude are going to have trouble. On the other hand, young people who are working on a career and show some manners can expect the same in return, as a generalization.

There are always a few idiots in any city. Just ignore them!

Work hard at DMACC. Treat your instructors respectfully, and they'll return the favor. There's diversity at that campus.
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Old 02-25-2014, 10:20 AM
 
Location: Des Moines, Iowa
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I doubt you'll have any issues. Welcome!
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Old 02-25-2014, 10:29 AM
 
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I agree with the above posts. Good luck to you!
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Old 02-25-2014, 10:32 AM
 
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I'm a young african american man and im 21 years and Im planning on attending des moines area community college at ankeny and i was wondering if I would be dealing with any kind of severe racism there beacuse I am coming from northeast Florida(south georgia) and the racism here is horrible. I'm a very respectful person if you let me be and I'm also kind of introverted or reserved. Is this the right move for me because I'm aware of the fact that Iowa has a high percentage of whites in the entire state but I don't judge a person because of their skin color but by their actions and personality.Will I experience alot unfairness or run into alot of bigots?. After I plan on attending community college in Iowa I then plan to transfer to the university of minnesota.
The only issues I have seen with racism is when one shows themselves as racists and others react to that.
You may want to check with the University of Minnesota before you move to Des Moines though.
Just because they tell you classes transfer does not mean the credit for those classes transfer so you may find yourself taking the same closes in Minnesota and paying for them again that you took in Iowa.
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Old 02-25-2014, 10:58 AM
 
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I have to agree, racism won't really be an issue but getting your credits to transfer might. I would look into community college in MN if you want to go that route or looking into the state college system in MN. It's very difficult to get your community college credits to transfer out of state.
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Old 02-28-2014, 04:21 PM
 
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One thing to be aware of is that Midwesterners tend to be friendly but kind of reserved and hard to get to know at first. Don't mistake it for racism, though. It's not that we don't like you because of your skin, or where you're from, or anything else; we just take a while to truly warm up to people sometimes. But as others have indicated, just be cool and respectful and people will treat you the same. You'll do fine, especially in a bigger, more diverse town like Des Moines.
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Old 03-03-2014, 12:09 PM
 
Location: Oroville, California
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One thing to be aware of is that Midwesterners tend to be friendly but kind of reserved and hard to get to know at first. Don't mistake it for racism, though. It's not that we don't like you because of your skin, or where you're from, or anything else; we just take a while to truly warm up to people sometimes. But as others have indicated, just be cool and respectful and people will treat you the same. You'll do fine, especially in a bigger, more diverse town like Des Moines.
Exactly. I had a hard time convincing people I wasn't from Iowa when I moved there ("You're not from California! What town (in Iowa) are you really from?"). I'm big, tall and look just like a typical farm boy. Still, it took a bit of time to make some good friends there - I was kind of surprised at the reserved, yet polite, demeanor of many Iowans. People in California's Central Valley (where I'm from) were more friendly.

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Old 03-11-2014, 11:45 AM
 
Location: Boone, IA
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You'll be just fine...just declare yourself a Cyclone fan and you'll never be short on friends. You may want to take a serious look at transferring to Iowa State for the exceptional education and the ease of transferring credits from DMACC. Best of luck!
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Old 03-11-2014, 02:00 PM
 
Location: West Des Moines, Iowa
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I am African American as well, relocated back in 2010 from Michigan. I haven't had any issues at all......not to familiar with Ankeny.
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