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Old 10-16-2009, 12:25 PM
 
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Question Black woman moving to bensonhurst...

with bf. I heard that this neighborhood has a bad reputation for 'racism.' My bf is Italian and he says that I will be fine because I'm a woman; and that the neighborhood isn't like it was in the past years. I don't want to move to a place where I'll feel unwelcomed. Should I live there?
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Old 10-16-2009, 12:36 PM
 
Location: Brooklyn New York
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Where in Bensonhurst?, I ask because West of 86th is Bath Beach....and there are black people around doing there thing, shopping along 86th Street. No big deal.
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Old 10-16-2009, 12:37 PM
 
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Background info: I'm 26, in grad school, I'm originally from manhattan and I look like a typical 'manhattanite'
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Old 10-16-2009, 12:40 PM
 
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It used to be very racist if you go back in decades, but now and days is not that bad at all. I think you will be fine. I actually think is better than been welcome in an all black neighborhood. Either if you are black or white.
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Old 10-16-2009, 12:42 PM
 
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We are moving near bay ridge and 16th
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Old 10-16-2009, 06:33 PM
 
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There are black people living in Bensonhurst and have been for the past 20 years or so. So it is do-able. I have a friend who's lived there her whole life and she knows most people around the community. You may be fine living there with your boyfriend and him being Italian.

Maybe you and he could hang out in the neighborhood one Saturday. Eat dinner someplace, shop at the local supermarket and see how you feel.
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Old 10-16-2009, 07:47 PM
 
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with bf. I heard that this neighborhood has a bad reputation for 'racism.' My bf is Italian and he says that I will be fine because I'm a woman; and that the neighborhood isn't like it was in the past years. I don't want to move to a place where I'll feel unwelcomed. Should I live there?
Would you ask the same question for your bf if you were moving to brownvilles? I can tell you this your bf would have more problems in brownsville then you would ever have in bensonhurst.
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Old 10-16-2009, 08:20 PM
 
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That area has changed in the past twenty years it is not a completely Italian neighborhood anymore. In fact southern Brooklyn is probably less than one third Italian. Bayridge seems to be majority Arab with some spillover into Bensonhurst, There is a large Chinese community around 86th Street and there are alot Russians in Bensonhurst in the last 10 years. So the character of the neighborhood is vastly different than the 80s.
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Old 10-17-2009, 09:39 AM
 
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Would you ask the same question for your bf if you were moving to brownvilles? I can tell you this your bf would have more problems in brownsville then you would ever have in bensonhurst.
Brownsville doesn't have a reputation of racial animosity towards white people, so this is a moot point.
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Old 10-17-2009, 12:12 PM
 
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Brownsville doesn't have a reputation of racial animosity towards white people, so this is a moot point.
Just because you dont see it on the news doesnt mean it dont exist. A white person in brownsville is a lot more likely to have problems then a black person in bensonhurts.
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