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Old 04-10-2015, 06:59 PM
 
Location: middle tennessee
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While I love my state, I have lived here for about fifty years and am getting tired of all the crime and poverty. As I have a low risk lifestyle, only the property crime is of personal concern. But it is disheartening to read of all the domestic abuse, child abuse, animal abuse, victims of drunk drivers, gang and drug related crimes, crimes against and among the homeless, etc. To be fair, much of this crime stems from the influx of peoples south of the border rather than the indigenous population. Each day I read the news websites for both my current city and for my future home in Oregon and there is so much less crime in Central Oregon or at least it is not of such a sad and violent nature. I'll miss the diversity here but am looking forward to the change.
Diversity means a range of different things, not an influx of one thing. I don't blame you a bit for wanting to move. I just worry that the meaning of the word may get lost.

My children and I lived in family student housing at an engineering school in the 70's. I think it was one of the best parts of my college life. We had neighbors from all over the world. I know that it made my children open to meeting people, and expecting to be accepted by people, based on personal relationships rather than appearance.

I don't believe in "race". I don't believe there is such a thing. Cultural and ethnic diversities are most easily enjoyed between people of relatively equal socioeconomic status. There are neighborhoods filled with people who look like me where I wouldn't feel safe.

So I moved back to my first college town expecting to repeat the experience of my youth. Ha. Now I am just an old, white townie
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Old 04-11-2015, 08:08 AM
 
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I was born in the 80s and I want to retire to a 95%+ white area. I'm more comfortable around white people and I feel safer around white people.
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Old 08-16-2015, 01:09 AM
 
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Default Want racial and age diversity

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For what it's worth, most of you know I spent the past year visiting a number of retirement communities. I was apprehensive about visiting places in the south, but I did not encounter any racism whatsoever in the retirement villages (I did have a racial incident with some teenage boys in North Carolina who cut me off while driving near Lake Norman. They were not southerners, however--they had distinctive NJ accents).

I'm pretty good at noticing how salesmen "size me up" and I feel comfortable saying that the only color anyone cared about was how much green I had in my bank account. Now I should also point out that I made a good impression becuase I am a well groomed woman who speaks with a pleasant voice and is clearly well educated. If you come in looking like a thug, you might get a different reaction--no matter what race you are.

Finally, the places I visited had a majority of white residents, but I did not feel I would be the sole non-white person. Perhaps this is more of an issue in the north--in the southern states the population of retirement villages seemed to be about as diverse as the population of the town they were in. I visited places in Arkansas, Tennessee, Florida, both Caorlinas, and Georgia before finally buying a place in Georgia in December.

I currently live in a wonderful place that has everything I need, but... it is 99% white. Everyone is kind, outgoing, accepting, and freely invites me into the community. But, I would like to live in a community that is more racially diverse.

You mentioned find a location in Georgia. Is it diverse and what is the community?
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Old 08-16-2015, 02:03 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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^^^^^^^ Aletarw, the poster whom you quoted last posted on City-Data on July 17, 2012, which is over three years ago. I don't think it's likely your question will be seen by that poster.
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Old 08-16-2015, 04:33 PM
 
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Mexican is not a race but an ethnicity like Irish, French, English, etc. Hispanics can be either Caucasian(white) or Negroid(black), or Mestizo(white, black, Indian mix). The reason whites are 80% of the US population is that most of the Hispanics here are Caucasian(or mostly).
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Old 08-16-2015, 04:48 PM
mlb
 
Location: North Monterey County
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I don't want to live in a place that is not accepting of all kinds of people.

That's where we are now and have been for 25 years.

The bubble is toxic. And we're tired of it.
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Old 08-17-2015, 08:03 AM
 
Location: Central Massachusetts
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I will be moving to some place that I feel most secure and comfortable. I would not care if they were blue people. If I feel like I am home I will stay.
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Old 08-17-2015, 08:29 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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I don't want to live in a place that is not accepting of all kinds of people.

That's where we are now and have been for 25 years.

The bubble is toxic. And we're tired of it.
Please help me understand your use of the word "bubble". What does it mean to you in this context?
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Old 08-17-2015, 10:14 AM
mlb
 
Location: North Monterey County
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Please help me understand your use of the word "bubble". What does it mean to you in this context?
Perhaps bubble is the wrong word.

I'm surrounded by like-minded people who have never left this place to see how the rest of the world lives - except on missions and they are pretty cloistered even then.

Anything that's not like them is a threat.

It's exhausting telling them there's nothing to be threatened by diversity of thought or ethnicity.
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Old 08-17-2015, 11:23 AM
 
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I live in an area that is mostly white but with a fast growing population of other ethnicities/sexual orientation and it's common to hear different languages when I go shopping and especially at work. This place has always been accepting of outsiders although the majority have grown up in the area with extended family here. That is the one thing that bothers me as a transplant. However those people are well traveled in the US and overseas so open minded at the same time. I could never live in an area that is close minded to others. I would love to retire to a warmer climate some day and experience a different region of the country, but if I'm not able to do so, I will be fine here. The COL is low, very nice amenities, low crime, excellent healthcare, and a good life as a single mother here. My retirement should be decent (still will need to watch expenses), providing no major events get in the way.

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