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Old 05-06-2011, 01:29 PM
 
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I have read a few articles about some growing minority population in New Hampshire. Based on your experiences, what do you think are some good cities for minorities in regards to fair opportunity, equality, personal relationships (friendship, love)?

I am a young (mid 20s) black man and looking to fit in a place as nicely as possible.
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Old 05-06-2011, 01:45 PM
 
Location: Monadnock area, NH
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I have read a few articles about some growing minority population in New Hampshire. Based on your experiences, what do you think are some good cities for minorities in regards to fair opportunity, equality, personal relationships (friendship, love)?

I am a young (mid 20s) black man and looking to fit in a place as nicely as possible.
Anywhere dude. Seriously, color or race isn't an issue in NH.
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Old 05-06-2011, 01:54 PM
 
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It really depends on your interests, desired career, etc- more than anything.

Of the 4 cities I think of in NH (Manchester, Concord, Nashua, Portsmouth); I can't really think of one being better for a minority over another. I will tell you that NH is VERY white and while demographics will show some minority populations have doubled- it's easy to double when you're talking small numbers to begin with.

Where are you going to be moving from? I think you'll find discrimination/racism to be pretty low compared to other places in the US...there are obviously some idiots; but as a whole creed/color/religion...aren't really high drivers of opinion in NH.
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Old 05-06-2011, 06:06 PM
 
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My daughter who is half black grew up in an all white town from the age of 13 & with only a few extreme exceptions, she was treated like a celebrity by all....her beauty and great personality played a part but I don't think most people are hateful anyway.

You are young so you'll probably want to be close to the cities like Manchester or Portsmouth....or maybe the college towns.
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Old 05-06-2011, 06:48 PM
 
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If you can swing it job wise- I'd look at Portsmouth. There is a lot going on. That said Manchester & Nashua have some pretty cool old mill loft condos/apartments and do have decent downtowns.
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Old 05-06-2011, 07:30 PM
 
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Don't worry too much about it. NH is pretty laid back. If people seem stand-offish at first it's cause that's just the way New England folk are.
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Old 05-07-2011, 11:33 PM
 
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Where are you going to be moving from? I think you'll find discrimination/racism to be pretty low compared to other places in the US...there are obviously some idiots; but as a whole creed/color/religion...aren't really high drivers of opinion in NH.
To answer your question, I am from Philadelphia.

I have done quite a bit of traveling in the US. A U.S. Census statistic states that interracialism is more accepted in the West Coast areas and not much accepted in the New England area. However, that statistic is 10 years old so maybe things have changed a lot. And in my experiences in living in cities that were 80%+ white, they are four types of people:

1. racist and prefer minorities to not come into their area.

2. tolerant of minorities' presence but don't care to chat with them (sometimes this is known as the closet racist).

3. will be your friend but don't support interracial marriage.

4. don't see color at all (colorblind).....we are all equal (we are all one).

I understand that there may be other things that can discourage a person from liking you like religion and politics. My main concern is more on being racially accepted. I love all races and I would like to develop more ethnic diverse relationships (personal, business, etc). Ideally, I would like to be among the #4 type group (colorblind).


Thank you for all your responses...it has given me some insight on cities to consider. Would love to hear more of your opinions.
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Old 05-08-2011, 08:05 AM
 
Location: Monadnock region
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what do you think are some good cities for minorities in regards to fair opportunity, equality, personal relationships (friendship, love)?
and you're looking for similar minorities because....? If you're looking for similar skin color because you'll 'fit in' with the look or common background, Maybe Manchester of Nashua (they have larger populations and therefore more variety of people). but serious, if that's what you want, I'd advise you look elsewhere! I know, that's blunt. but NH is one of the whitish states in the country, you're just not going to fit in with skin color that much outside of the 2 cities.

Now, that said... frankly, NH folk really don't give a whit whether your skin is white, black, brown, green or polka dot! It's you're attitude. Are you a hard worker? do you believe in the NH way of life? will you help your neighbor when there's crises like the worst ice storm of the century...? then Welcome to NH! That's what we care about, not how much or little melanin you've got in your skin. Only thing even being the only black guy in a small town will get you is maybe some curious (but well meaning) questions when people first meet you, and you get recognized from farther away when walking down the street (so people can wave or nod to you).

If what you want is more singles culture... that's a totally different question, and people have suggested Portsmouth (or commuteable), or again Manchester or Nashua (our 2 biggest "cities"). those are quite likely good ones- small town life can be pretty boring for anyone.
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Old 05-08-2011, 03:08 PM
 
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and you're looking for similar minorities because....? If you're looking for similar skin color because you'll 'fit in' with the look or common background, Maybe Manchester of Nashua (they have larger populations and therefore more variety of people). but serious, if that's what you want, I'd advise you look elsewhere! I know, that's blunt. but NH is one of the whitish states in the country, you're just not going to fit in with skin color that much outside of the 2 cities.
Yea...I think you misunderstood me. I was referring to cities that were the least racist/prejudice, not being among other minorities.

But, in the second half of your statement, you did answer my question nonetheless.

Thanks.
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Old 05-08-2011, 03:55 PM
 
Location: Manchester NH
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Can you work?
Can you converse in English?
Come on up!
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