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Old 08-01-2008, 09:31 AM
 
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Hello Alll.

I have been reading post on the Phoenix and Tucson forums and it has been eye opening. I would like to thank everyone who post on these for your indepth responses. The only factor I haven't heard yet is race relations. My husband has always wanted to move to Arizona. We are from NY and VA. We are an African American family with 5 great children ages, 14, 10, 9, 7, 5. I am a paralegal and my husband will be working from home doing what he does now, customer service. Can someone give me advice about how black people are treated in AZ? Where we should live, we want someplace diverse, SAFE, and we want some land. Also, where are the good schools?

Thank you in advance for your responses.
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Old 08-01-2008, 02:03 PM
 
Location: Living on the Coast in Oxnard CA
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I have to tell you that race relations in the West are a little different than back east or in the mid west. My mom grew up in Chicago and we were always told that depending on the color of your skin would determine where in the city you would live. I just don't see it that way in Arizona, Nevada, or California. I grew up in California in an area with all races. I am white and my wife is a beautiful Latin lady. My sister has an African American boy friend. She always has and it hasn't caused a stir within our home or the homes of other family members. My feeling is that you will do fine within the area. But then my thoughts are limited to being a new resident of the area.
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Old 08-01-2008, 02:46 PM
 
Location: Oxygen Ln. AZ
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We are mixing it up in Vistancia just fine.
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Old 08-01-2008, 03:34 PM
 
Location: Baja Arizona
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"How are race relations in AZ"



By my experience, so much better than it was back in the 50's and '60's!

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Old 08-01-2008, 03:45 PM
 
Location: NW Phoenix
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It's hard to say. We are an interracial family. People are generally, a little to themselves, in my opinion. I have met some very open minded people and then sometimes we get looks. But nothing is ever said, so I really dont know. My kids have always had friends at school so I don' think that is a problem. Of course, I always wonder what people are thinking, but I don't really let that stuff take over. I will tell you, my husband has been passed over by several jobs...and Im absolutely positive it was because of the color of his skin. That can happen anywhere though. For the most part we are comfortable here. if you want more in depth perception you can send me a direct message.
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Old 08-01-2008, 03:58 PM
 
Location: Out there somewhere...
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The only race relations I've encountered are the difficulty between the 10K and the 5K races. Otherwise I see no problems here.
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Old 08-01-2008, 08:18 PM
 
Location: USA
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All my neighbors are black and the grandmother of one of them, is from Africa, like a recent immigrant. I didn't make assumptions, i asked them.
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Old 09-01-2008, 08:36 AM
 
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It's hard to say. We are an interracial family. People are generally, a little to themselves, in my opinion. I have met some very open minded people and then sometimes we get looks. But nothing is ever said, so I really dont know. My kids have always had friends at school so I don' think that is a problem. Of course, I always wonder what people are thinking, but I don't really let that stuff take over. I will tell you, my husband has been passed over by several jobs...and Im absolutely positive it was because of the color of his skin. That can happen anywhere though. For the most part we are comfortable here. if you want more in depth perception you can send me a direct message.
Maybe you can be of some help to me.... I am a black man marry to a german female for 21 years with two kids. We would like to move to arizona....So! i'm asking.... Is it good or bad in your opion?
Also we would like to buy some land to build on.... what is the best way to do this?
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Old 09-01-2008, 10:45 AM
 
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Element-- You can start a separate post for your specific question.

Last edited by Nanny Goat; 09-01-2008 at 12:10 PM..
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Old 09-01-2008, 10:50 AM
 
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Arizona's race-relations image is certainly better than it was during the Evan Mecham era in the 1980s.
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