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Old 06-24-2009, 07:19 AM
 
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what is it like in maine?
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Old 06-24-2009, 07:57 AM
 
Location: South Portland, Maine
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I am assuming you’re asking about the African American Culture in Maine?

I lived in the south where there is an obvious larger population of African Americans and I can say that living there there was an open I’m White....he's black kind of attitude which goes both ways...good bad however any particular person felt about it, it was like. We’re all here together and its never going to change. This is how it is. So I felt there was an openness and acceptance to what we all had in common and our cultural differences too.. being around a larger population of African Americans gave me an opportunity to meet people who I share common interests with...and some of the best friends I had were black

In Maine there is an extremely small percentage of African Americans and I do not think people here who have not at least travelled do not understand this. There is a huge liberal ideology that says we must accept everyone as equal but yet we're not allowed to recognize cultural differences because that would somehow be racist. So even though Mainer's are extremely acceptant of different cultures and I think any black family that was moving to Maine or maybe an interracial couple that was moving here could feel safe and happy with their choice. They might actually feel more alone or that there is more of a divide.

So that’s been my experience, I imagine it’s all subjective too. But keep in mind that Maine is changing. The Demographics of Maine is changing. I want to say that the 2000 census for our larger cities had like a 1% black population. I would almost bet that it has changed to 8-12% in the last decade.
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Old 06-24-2009, 08:22 AM
 
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flycessna...What part of the south are you from?...I live in atlanta where the black population is huge.

My husband and I are seriously considering moving to maine...we just want to make sure we are moving to a friendly area where race is not a issue.
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Old 06-24-2009, 08:58 AM
 
Location: Northern Maine
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Maine is the whitest state. However, Maine is virtually color blind. Portland has had a black population since the Civil War days. There is a black church that has been there since then. The mayor of Waterville is black with a 99% white population. He does a great job.
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Old 06-24-2009, 09:14 AM
 
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wow! a black church still there since the civil war? I would love to visit that church
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Old 06-24-2009, 10:57 AM
 
Location: On a Slow-Sinking Granite Rock Up North
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Maine is the whitest state. However, Maine is virtually color blind. Portland has had a black population since the Civil War days. There is a black church that has been there since then. The mayor of Waterville is black with a 99% white population. He does a great job.

Good point. We have our fair share of "yahoos" like everywhere else but IMHO, it's still the "content of character" that matters most to most people I know anyway.

I recall years ago at a college commencement speech a local black leader made the following comment (I'm paraphrasing here):

"When I came to Maine, it was not the fact that I was black that concerned most Mainers, it was the fact that I was....wait for it.....FROM AWAY."
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Old 06-24-2009, 11:16 AM
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There are organizations in cities around the state too. For instance, a "yahoo" was giving people at the Bangor NAACP problems, but the community rallied around the organization in terms of support. http://www.nytimes.com/2007/12/28/us/28bangor.html

Here's a good site to check out: Maine Visible Black History

and more: Portsmouth Herald Maine News: Kittery home has black history roots

2006-2007 News Releases (http://www.usm.maine.edu/mcr/news/0607releases/blackhistory.htm - broken link)

Also, keep in mind that some of the Black people there descend from people from Canadian provinces like New Brunswick and Nova Scotia too. Blacks have been in those provinces since the Revolutionary War, by way of Southern and Northern states like SC, VA, MD, NY and MA, as well as the Caribbean.

Cities like Portland, Lewiston, Auburn, Waterville, Bangor and even some of the far north towns like Presque Isle have small, but noticable Black communities. Portland and Lewiston are the biggest though.

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Old 06-24-2009, 12:00 PM
 
Location: Maine
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This topic comes up from time to time. If you do a search there are a few old threads about it. There isn't much in the way of "African American Culture" north of Bangor. There are people of differant ethnicities, though to a lesser degree than in more densely populated areas.
NMLM is right,
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Old 06-24-2009, 12:29 PM
 
Location: Northern Maine
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One thing that did not occur to me earlier is that Lewiston/Auburn has a large and growing Somali population. These people came from Somalia to Georgioa thinking they would be welcomed with open arms. That was not the case. They came to Maine and are happy here. Their arrival has been good for the goat business.
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Old 06-24-2009, 12:59 PM
 
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One thing that did not occur to me earlier is that Lewiston/Auburn has a large and growing Somali population. These people came from Somalia to Georgioa thinking they would be welcomed with open arms. That was not the case. They came to Maine and are happy here. Their arrival has been good for the goat business.
I remember that. It was in USA Today. Former mayor Laurier T. Raymond let the Somali immigrants know in his own "vocally inplicit" way that he would rather the Somali immigrants not settle in Lewiston. After that, many people lead a protest against him.
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