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Old 03-08-2018, 11:51 AM
 
Location: Falls Church, Fairfax County
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The very definition of "person (or people) of color" is: a person who is not white or of European parentage

So if one is white or of European descent - one is not a person of color.
I am not sure about now but I believe that at one time if you were 1/16th black you were black, not white.
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Old 03-08-2018, 12:12 PM
 
Location: D.C.
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This is an international city. We have pretty much everything you can imagine, from the good to the bad, and if you go looking for it, you can find either one, with neither one being a more dominate trait than the other. Nothing really stands out here in the racial matrix. Personally, I think the DC area in general is one of the best places to live for diversity, acceptance, and general overall mix of people. It's not a black/white/yellow/purple town. It's a good/bad town, with the "good" shining a lot brighter than the "bad".


Now, having said that, I live out west in the Leesburg area, and apparently the KKK idiots have been passing out flyers as a publicity stunt (and they're getting that publicity as the courts are challenging their right to do so). But that's just that small fraction of the "bad" which you'll find anywhere in general. From Mobile to Hartford. Every town has their fair share of village idiots, and we're no exception.
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Old 03-08-2018, 01:36 PM
 
Location: Northern Virginia
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I am not sure about now but I believe that at one time if you were 1/16th black you were black, not white.
I've only read about that ^ in books so I wonder if that thought dates back to the time when having one drop of non-white blood caused one to be considered "tainted".

But that's a discussion for a different thread. Let's not derail this one.
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Old 03-09-2018, 10:26 AM
 
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For what my opinion is worth:

I travel to my apartment in Sterling, VA every two weeks to spend time with my daughter. It is 26 miles to the west of DC, very close to the Dulles airport. I started the process in July of 2017. We travel to other northern VA towns and/or DC depending on what events are going on.

I have lived in one of the most segregated cities in the US, San Antonio, Texas, for 33 years. I am half black, half white.

My initial reaction when I first went to a Walmart and Target was pure joy due to the diversity. I have never seen such a melting pot. It is truly international. The black people I see are actually speaking some African language that I'm unfamiliar with?! I immediately felt like it's a place that I could call home. My daughter's daycare has maybe two white kids and a slew of other races and this is not a "poor" area - if anyone disagrees, come down to east or west San Antonio, Texas. It makes me proud that my daughter is being exposed to this and doesn't have to grow up in a backwards ass city like I did.
Being from the South, it doesn't feel like the South I'm familiar with at all.

So even if there are racists around this part, it is so diverse, I don't think you would care.
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Old 03-09-2018, 12:39 PM
 
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For what my opinion is worth:

I travel to my apartment in Sterling, VA every two weeks to spend time with my daughter. It is 26 miles to the west of DC, very close to the Dulles airport. I started the process in July of 2017. We travel to other northern VA towns and/or DC depending on what events are going on.

I have lived in one of the most segregated cities in the US, San Antonio, Texas, for 33 years. I am half black, half white.

My initial reaction when I first went to a Walmart and Target was pure joy due to the diversity. I have never seen such a melting pot. It is truly international. The black people I see are actually speaking some African language that I'm unfamiliar with?! I immediately felt like it's a place that I could call home. My daughter's daycare has maybe two white kids and a slew of other races and this is not a "poor" area - if anyone disagrees, come down to east or west San Antonio, Texas. It makes me proud that my daughter is being exposed to this and doesn't have to grow up in a backwards ass city like I did.
Being from the South, it doesn't feel like the South I'm familiar with at all.

So even if there are racists around this part, it is so diverse, I don't think you would care.
Totally my experience too coming from houston. I go back there to visit, and Iím confronted with only white spaces which is something Iím not used to at all anymore (speaking as a white person).
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Old 03-10-2018, 07:54 AM
 
Location: Falls Church, Fairfax County
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My initial reaction when I first went to a Walmart and Target was pure joy due to the diversity. I have never seen such a melting pot. It is truly international. The black people I see are actually speaking some African language that I'm unfamiliar with?!
I just want to point out that this in itself is racism. I am not saying you are bad, wrong or have ill intent but that this is racism. That is why when someone asks "Is such and such racist?" it boggles my mind. Well of course it is, but so are you.
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Old 03-10-2018, 08:17 AM
 
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I just want to point out that this in itself is racism. I am not saying you are bad, wrong or have ill intent but that this is racism. That is why when someone asks "Is such and such racist?" it boggles my mind. Well of course it is, but so are you.
Mmk, man.
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Old 03-10-2018, 08:19 AM
 
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I just want to point out that this in itself is racism. I am not saying you are bad, wrong or have ill intent but that this is racism. That is why when someone asks "Is such and such racist?" it boggles my mind. Well of course it is, but so are you.
racism: noun "prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism directed against someone of a different race based on the belief that one's own race is superior."

How is what he said racist?
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Old 03-10-2018, 08:58 AM
 
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I just want to point out that this in itself is racism. I am not saying you are bad, wrong or have ill intent but that this is racism. That is why when someone asks "Is such and such racist?" it boggles my mind. Well of course it is, but so are you.

Wow.
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Old 03-10-2018, 09:10 AM
 
Location: North Dakota
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When I think of Virginia I think of the South. What's it like for a person of color living in northern Virginia? Could they feel at home or would they have to live in the inner city parts of Washington DC?
I've never lived there, but sure, let's call it racist. People that cry racism seem to think everywhere is racist so why not Northern Virginia? Whitey is mean and racist everywhere right?
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