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Unread 09-15-2006, 09:13 AM
 
Location: East Idaho
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Default Racism in Farmington area?

Looks like we might end up moving to the Farmington area. It seems that I remember reading somewhere on one of these threads that there was some problems between Indians and Mexicans. Am I remembering right?

My husband and I are white and so is my youngest son, but my 2 older kids are from a previous marriage and are part mexican/argentinian. They don't look totally white, but don't look that mexican either. Is that a problem down there? I don't want to put them in an uncomfortable situation if I can help it.

Thanks!
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Unread 09-15-2006, 09:54 AM
 
Location: Maine
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You are going to find some racism no matter where you go, and NM is no different. There are some racial tensions between the local Anglos, Hispanics, and Navajo, but they my no means represent the majority of the population. Most people do their best to get along with each other.

I don't know much about the Farmington area, because I grew up on the other side of the state. I am as white as they come (aside from perhaps Barry Manilow and John Tesh), and my best friends throughout school were white, Hispanic, Chinese, and mixed ethnicities. Yes, you would run into the occasional bigot in town, but such people are a very rare minority. I knew many mixed race couples, and in high school, everyone dated everyone. It wasn't a big deal.
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Unread 09-16-2006, 04:15 AM
 
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Djstorey, like Mark S. said, it isn't a big deal in NM since there already is a large mix of races anyway. Farmington, is the same. I know of Natives who are friends with Whites and Hispanics too. There doesn't seem to be any friction. There are always a few bigots anywhere you go, but for the most part, you will have no trouble in Farmington. I have all three races in my family, where my brother married a Latina and another who is seriously dating a Native American and one lives near Farmington and another in ABQ and they have no trouble at all.
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Unread 09-16-2006, 08:51 AM
 
Location: East Idaho
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Thanks for the comments! I know there is some racism everwhere. I was just thinking of that one comment that I read somewhere that mentioned a possible problem between hispanics and indians and was a little concerned.

It's always hardest on kids, especially since kids can be so mean to each other! Moving is hard enough on them already.

Thanks again!
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Unread 09-16-2006, 11:33 PM
 
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You are welcome Djstorey! Good Luck on your move!
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Unread 10-01-2006, 08:42 PM
 
Location: Tempe, AZ
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Farmington..... wow, I could say so much. I try to keep a positive attitude when I post anything in forums, but Farmington has left such a bad taste in my mouth. Racisim IS abundant in Farmington. I am white and grew up about 70 miles south-west of Farmington on the Navajo reservation. I experienced racism first hand. When I was 16, we moved to Farmington and I completed High School there (actually I went to High School in Farmington and Kirtland). I also went to San Juan College and worked for the City of Farmingotn for 2 years before I got completly fed up with the bruacracy and blatant discrimination. My daughter is half Mexican-American and that is/was the deciding factor as to why I left. Because people would sterotype, even telling me "I'm sorry" about her ethnicity....... WTH?

I once recomended a Navajo woman, who had been volunteering for me at the time, for a position with the City. I was personally told, "do you really think that's a good idea" by my supervisor who felt that this woman wouldn't fit in with the established employees because of her race. I've overheard conversations in City Hall about "cracking down on the Mexicans". I just couldn't take it anymore and I left. But I will tell you that I have since learned that even in a city of 4 million, where whites are the minority... racisim still exists and it makes me ill every day.

I wouldn't necessarily recomend living in Farmington. It has many good qualities, and I can't leave that out.... but I would contend that racism and environmental husbandry are the biggest problems there and it is so sad.
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Unread 10-02-2006, 06:14 AM
 
Location: East Idaho
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Thanks all of you for your opinions. If it was just me and my husband moving there, I couldn't care less, however, I do have kids and 2 of them are 1/2 white and 1/2 hispanic so I do worry about them.

It still looks like Farmington might be the place where we end up, but we are trying really hard to get Grand Junction instead. Hopefully we find out this week what the verdict is.

If Farmington is what the offer is, we will have to have a long talk about it before we actually accept the job. All your comments have really helped and will definitely give us something to discuss.

Thanks!
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Unread 10-02-2006, 09:12 AM
 
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We live in Farmington...it is OK. I would prefer GJ over this wasteland. yes there are navajo's and they are what they are. they do not like whitey. I truely believe being a father of 2 5&3 that they teach their children from birth the same I see it in the playgrounds. the only green @ here is the river bottoms.
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Unread 10-03-2006, 02:25 PM
 
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Farmington, isn't all that bad, yes like everyone has posted, there will be tension between individuals, but otherwise it's ok. I would have to disagree with Wildfan about Navajo's not liking Caucasian individuals. I apologize for any bad experiences you've had with Navajo's. But from my perspective, two of my very very close friends aren't Navajo's. Rather they are Caucasian, I have their trust undoubtedly. There will be individuals who aren't so very fond of other ethnic groups, but hey it's there problem, not ours right? So overall, I'd give Farmington a 6.7 out of 10... for the outdoors, beauty, and great weather...
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Unread 10-03-2006, 04:40 PM
 
Location: East Idaho
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There will be individuals who aren't so very fond of other ethnic groups, but hey it's there problem, not ours right?
Thanks for your input. I like your attitude!

I realize that there will always be some kind of racial problems, I just wanted to make sure it wasn't any worse than most areas. I can't remember what the thread was that I saw somewhere, but it mentioned a problem between the hispanics and the Navajo's if I remember right. Being that 2 of my kids are 1/2 hispanic, I didn't want them in a bad situation. They don't really look all that hispanic, but some people realize they are and they have a hispanic last name.

Thanks again!

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