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Old 12-29-2006, 05:36 PM
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Never seen a Cherokee in East TN. They do have a reservation over the mountains in NC, and a town (and the obligatory casino) called Cherokee on the Smokies NP border, but not in east TN.

Of course then you can extend the argument to say well, since "native" americans came over the land bridge from Asia 10,000 years ago or so then they are also immigrants. Of course we are not talking about a hundred or a thousand years ago, but now, so the point is moot.

Old 12-30-2006, 05:00 AM
Location: Jackson
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Most in tennessee welcom LEGAL immigrates that we can communcate with (that is, they speak English). I love discussion culture with those from Mexico and other countries.

Because we are against criminals (illegal aliens) does not make us racists or bigots; it means we respect the law and the safety of our nation.

Originally Posted by john crash1 View Post
yea, whatever. But whites , blacks or Hispanics, They are all the same. just people how tried to leave in a better place and i am sure you could do it too if you need
There is a difference between an honest & honorable person that comes to the USA legally and those who sneak in like a thief.

Look at it this way: an illegal is like a person sneaking into a movie theater and not only demanding the best seat but also free popcorn while they watch the movie!
Old 12-30-2006, 08:01 AM
Location: Knoxville
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Although racism definitely exists here, all over the US, all over the world (and has since the dawn of man), it's good to think that progress is being made. It's funny how easily you can chart racism through the last century by getting a few generations of a family into the same room. The grandparents & great-grandparents tend to view minorities as sub-human, the next generation is tolerable of 'educated' minorities and may even keep some as friends, and of course the younger in the crowd, who've been brought up in an age where racism is looked down upon, tend to be the most tolerant and even offended by their elders' viewpoints.

I agree with those who say racism is more 'visible' in the south. My family is white so I don't have any first-hand experience, but I do feel that people in the south tend to speak their minds about their feelings - you know where you stand with people, even if it's ugly. In other big cities (like LA), racism tends to be hidden but just as widespread. Different races pretend to live together in harmony but the tensions caused by the cultural differences and the inability to communicate can actually make you more wary of foreigners.

Anyway, point being, I'm in West Knoxville and agree that you should not find any (unusual) problems here.

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Old 01-26-2007, 01:53 PM
Location: Cookeville, TN
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Default Larger cities

I am an African American woman and it is very sad that people of color still have to have concerns of whether we can be welcomed in certain communites in America. I do travel therapy so please allow me to share a couple of my experiences as I have met lots of people and be into lots of communities and homes. In searching for jobs I have raised these very same concerns to my recruiters.
I would first like to agree with the notion of remaining in larger cities. Even a college town in a very small community may not be the best place to be. I think those town are a little more accepting however. I have been here in Cookeville since July. While the people are friendly there is still a very unspoken amount of racial tension. I've experienced sales people offering help to whites and act as if I'm not in the store. I've been asked by a client if I came in the back door and by one I was told "I don't want no tired ass black girl in my house" WOW!! I'm in my late 20s and though I've experienced racial "tension"-- never that blatent. I was eating at Golden Corral with my daughter and we were at a table beside a white lady and her mexican boyfriend. Another older white man came to a table on my other side and stated aloud while looking at the mexican, "Why don't you go back where you came from". He has no idea if the mexican was born in America or not. I could tell by the look on the Mexican's face that he was offended, and rightfully so.
Like another person replied, prejudice is pure ignorance. My contract is up this summer and I will be looking for somewhere else to call home. I'm originally from Chattanooga and have spent lots of time in Nashville and NEVER have I experienced anything like that. The diversity in ethnicity is evident in the larger cities. My daughter has a friend that is bi-racial and her white mother said that she was afraid for her children in the small town of Gainsboro that she grew up in. That's a shame. Tenneesee is a wonderful state. I just advice you to stay in the larger cities.
Old 01-26-2007, 02:36 PM
Location: Knoxville, Tennessee
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Thank you for your insight.

Last summer, I briefly worked with a woman that had just moved here from Detroit. Her son is bi-racial, and a kid on his bus told him that he couldn't play with "coloreds."

She was devastated and absolutely hated it here. I often wonder what happened to her. I bet she didn't stay.
Old 01-26-2007, 04:41 PM
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Default Prejudice

I think it was Bobby Kennedy who summed it up best...Prejudice is ignorance through bitter inheritance...

and it exists everywhere...
Old 01-26-2007, 05:29 PM
Location: Knoxville, Tennessee
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Originally Posted by nightwatchman View Post
I think it was Bobby Kennedy who summed it up best...Prejudice is ignorance through bitter inheritance...

and it exists everywhere...
Yes! Yes! Yes!

I didn't mean to imply that Knoxville is more racist than other places. I believe that racism is everywhere. Actually, I found more racism in Florida, and I said so on the Nashville board. I should have said it here, too. Sorry about that.

Old 01-26-2007, 06:35 PM
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I am part Hispanic and my husband and I moved to Tennessee b/c we wanted to live in a more conservative state. We looked at real estate prices, taxes, employment rates, weather, and how similar its citizens mindsets were to ours. By that I mean, we want to be around people who feel like we do -- that this is the greatest country in the world, and we're proud to be Americans. Tennessee fit that bill for us.

I have yet to have anyone treat me poorly b/c of my race (I do look Hispanic). Like most Americans (including us), the Tennesseeans I've met are pro-LEGAL immigration. It is illegal immigrants that are the problem.

We moved here, found housing and jobs immediately, and are very happy. People overall have been very friendly - that Southern openness we were hoping for. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Eastern Tennessee.
Old 01-27-2007, 09:54 AM
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"Why don't you go back to where you're from?" Such an offensive comments would be heard even in Kingsport and Johnson City, if you're non-white. Not very often, to be fair, but still there ARE uneducated, narrow-minded, moronic losers living in the distant farmlands coming to the bigger cities only to express how stupid, frustrated, arrogant and insecure they really are. Sometimes I wonder what would these cities have been like, if there had been no Eastman and ETSU.

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Old 01-27-2007, 07:57 PM
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I think Tennessee is just fine and very normal. Racism is no different here than other places. You get too high of a percentage of one race, and their will be those who are rude and offensive to any other race that enters "their area".

I've been called a white muthfu*** many times when entering predominantly black neighborhoods (due to my work). Usually its in a rather threatening tone when it happens, and I feel like I need to keep moving, make no eye contact, and keep my doors locked. I would much prefer an insulting slur against me than to feel I'm being threatened.

I've also been called a redneck and hick by high society Dallas folks just because I have a southern drawl, both whites and blacks called me that.

So sorry, I just don't feel like blacks are the only race that gets mistreated, its just life. All you can do is live life the best you can and treat others with respect. You can't make people respect you.
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