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Old 07-04-2008, 10:15 AM
 
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Default The unfortunate truth about Tyler ,Texas

I have been so very disillusioned...
My fiance' and I moved to Tyler a few months ago. His job was transferred from Michigan. We really didn't have a choice. I was excited about the move, at first. Mostly becuase I thought it prudent to look up Tyler and it's demographics and job outlook as well as schools and colleges. ( I have a teenager and wanted to see what the schools were like and I was a fulltime student in Michigan.)
The city websites make this town look enchanting and welcoming...I should have looked for other websites that told the truth about Tyler. The city website boasts of low crime and a low census count of minority and blacks. They are liars and decievers. The city websites show statistics from the year 2000. This is 2008. The demographics have changed considerably from what I have witnessed.
This is important to me, because I am white and I want to live in a good neighborhood, work a good job and all without high levels of crime and the freedom to go wherever I want without having to be the only white person there...But, this is exactly how I am living.
I am a prisoner in my home. I can't even go out on my front steps to sit and read without having passing cars full of blacks and hispanics making comments.(why do they feel it necessary to stop in front of my house and make lude comments and say things that sicken me?) Or being bothered by a very persistent young black teen girl, who dresses like a hooker and always needs something from me. She has no qualms about coming to my front door to ask for cigerettes ...she has even asked my child for them...(live the stereotype much??)
Or, how about going to a fast food place to pick up dinner on a busy night, only to be subjected to rude and obvious comments from the less than courteous black teens that seem to run every fast food place in town? ( and move at the speed of a snail because I'm a "crackah!")
I nearly encited a racial riot when I asked a young teen male who was making our food, to put gloves on. Even the black woman in front of me was livid that this boy was touching his crotch and dancing around like a fool behind the counter... all without a care who saw him and just waiting for someone(a white person-as he kept making eye contact with everyone in line that was white) to say something. Thankfully, his manager stepped in and told him he was violating a public health code...(again, perpetrate the stereotype much??)
Let's face it people...living in a largely black/hispanic community has more crime, more violence, more poverty, lower standards for education, and a generally dirty look and feel to it.
Those of you who look to critisize my outlook and call me racist are probably people who haven't had much life experiences with blacks, worked with them, been victimized by them, have children they wish to protect or are just fooling themselves...or are indeed black or hispanic. Is every black or hispanic person this way? No, but put a community together that is generally black and hispanic and where whites are the minority, and you have the makings of a crappy place to live with no outlets for a family to live and thrive in comfort and peace. There is no harmony, the numbers of blacks and hispanics are too high. To coexist, a community can be diverse, but needs more equivalancies.
I and my family don't speak spanish. Yet everywhere I go, there seems to be some type of language berrier. I took my son to JC Penny's salon to get his haircut. He has the average skater-do,that is long and cool looking. I have always taken him to a Penny's to get his hair done...In Tyler, I made this mistake. The woman they assigned to cut his hair...didn't understand English very well. Imagine that! An immagrant that works here, lives here, take advantage of everything she and her family can here in America...but can't speak or understand the language. Well, my son walked out of there with a semi-Donald Trump comb-over. I was pissed. What a waste of money,time and several inches of my kids previously glorious blonde hair.
Yet another incident was at Walmart...everything moves slower in Texas...including the illiterate Mexican behind the counter that cannot read the lables on items such as produce. How many times do I have to be subjected to broken English and fragmented sentences?? Or, how about the lazy black people that move at an astoundingly slow rate just because they can. I went to the measuring counter at a craft store for fabric, only to stand there for 13 minutes to wait for a black kid to get off his break. Why doesn't this happen when a white person is behind the counter? Because white people don't have anything to prove. We just work.

Since moving here, I have been followed home from a gas station by a rather large black man, ogled regularly by mexicans and blacks(everytime I step outside my door), witnessed a horrendous brawl in front of the middle school...on my sons first day of school...seen too many young black kids perpetrating acts of violence and crime. My son hates school here. He doesn't want to pretend to like black music and talk like a black person to save his ass from gettin' pounded by an astounding number of black or hispanic kids. The teachers fear the students here. Many parents have told me to move my son to a private school for 9th-12th grade.The high schools here are rivals...with in the same town! WTF is up with that?? From what I have been told by my neighbors and fellow parents, are that the high schools here are worse than the middle schools. The fights are elevated to weapons and duels outside of school. Great! just what every mother wants for her son...learn to survive by picking which gang to join.

And, I live in a semi-good part of town. I pity any white person trapped in the slums. Yes, I typed slums. There are several areas in town that are ugly,dirty,overpopulated with low-income rentals and park-like areas that look as if a white person would be shot if they entered. I am white...and a minority here. Where are all the white people?? Where do they go to hang out? Where do they swim, play, enjoy the outdoors?
I haven't yet learned those things. I ask people regularly..."Where do you go around here that is safe and you don't feel like you're going to get mugged or raped?" The response is always the same, we don't! They stay at home or go out of town to enjoy time with friends or go to a park. They send their kids to private school or homeschool them. They arrange their lives to where their schedule don't conflict with the blacks or hispanics. They do as the rest of us do, avoid the problem areas...which is hard,because they are everywhere. One lady told me that she takes her kids to the park only at times when she knows the blacks haven't congregated there. She pays over $500.00 in the summer for her kids to swim in a private pool at a gym. All so they aren't subjected to rude comments and gang like scenerios, much like that of the Tyler public swimming pools. Once you arrive...you will see what I mean. The pool is nice, but the language is upsetting. The atmosphere is scarey. The blacks at the pool seem to feel obligated to say and do as they like. Even in front of small children. They don't censor themselves. They purposefully make you feel uncomfortable and unwelcome. The bathrooms are filthy and we all know why...
The level of violence in Tyler, is only exceeded by the level of immorality. If you wish to call my racism immoral, by all means do so. I cannot help being honest. I say what people whisper to me...out loud.Am I the only white person that feels this way here in Tyler...Hell No! Everywhere I go, I find a commonality with my fellow "crackahs" They whisper at me, they nod an exchange of disapproval, they tell me under their breath "welcome to Tyler, home of the lazy and uneducated." I know exactly what that means... Lazy blacks and illiterate Mexicans.
I had an older gentleman tell me last week that I should not go out without my husband/boyfriend. I was befuddled at first. Then I looked around and realized that he was commenting on the fact that a group of black males ( all around 20's??) were looking at me and making gestures. I found myself scrambling to get out of the store...and later having the "please don't treat woman like that" speach to my son. As I don't want him to grow up thinking that men are suppose to talk and act like that to woman. Especially in public. I do have one thing to say, the older Mexican gentleman respect woman way more than younger men and blacks. Why do black men seem to think it's ok to openly speak about a woman and her body and the things they want to do in public? And, why do younger hispanics follow this trend? Again, not all blacks are this way. But I have had a hard time finding many who don't.
Tyler sucks. So far, I am not impressed with Texas in general. As the whites in Tyler say..."You should have moved to a nicer area...Welcome to Tyler."

 
Old 07-04-2008, 02:44 PM
 
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I know that your post will incite lots of negative hate replies. I just want to tell you that I DO understand how you feel. I lived in South Texas for one year in a majority hispanic town and my experience was a "light to moderate" version of yours. When I shared my experience on here, I got lots of negative hateful replies. I want to tell everyone who reads your thread, to please understand that it is important that folks get all kinds of perspectives to life in certain towns, so that they dont get a "one-sided" view of a place. I am not familiar with East Texas cities, but have heard about the demographics. Please do not judge Texas based on your experience in Tyler, I beg of you.
I assume yall are going to move as soon as it is feasibly possible. What are your plans?
By the way, I guarantee that there are some good safe places to live outside of Tyler proper, even it it means somewhat of a commute to work. Surely those in the Tyler area can steer yall in the right direction.
I feel so bad that you are living under those conditions. I sure hope you rented. And I sure hope that yall exercise your right to bear arms to keep your family safe. Castle Law. google it.
I will pray for yall.
 
Old 07-04-2008, 02:55 PM
 
Location: Texas
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My thoughts go along with Belle's. I'm sorry you're going through this and I do understand a bit of what you're saying. I experienced some of the same ignorance as a blonde white woman in deep South Texas. It's disconcerting and demeaning, to say the least.

But I don't think it's fair to generalize from your experiences that all minorities in all parts of Texas behave this way and I hope your experiences aren't embittering you to that point. It seems as if you're mostly encountering the worst of the worst and that is truly unfortunate.

While I know it's disruptive and expensive, you might want to save up and move elsewhere. That's what I ultimately did but I wish I had done it sooner, especially for my son's sake. He would have had a much happier adolescence if I had done so and I now regret wasting the best years of my life having bigotry taint my quality of life.

I'm sorry you're going through this. I hope you can make some positive changes soon!
 
Old 07-04-2008, 03:03 PM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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The city websites make this town look enchanting and welcoming...I should have looked for other websites that told the truth about Tyler. The city website boasts of low crime and a low census count of minority and blacks. They are liars and decievers. The city websites show statistics from the year 2000. This is 2008. The demographics have changed considerably from what I have witnessed.
This is important to me, because I am white and I want to live in a good neighborhood, work a good job and all without high levels of crime and the freedom to go wherever I want without having to be the only white person there...


I'm not a Texan although I will be soon enough so I can't say anything. However, as a White Southern Man, I say go back to Michigan.. Although we have a checkered past. We don't keep that mentality in 2008.
 
Old 07-04-2008, 03:11 PM
 
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I have been so very disillusioned...
My fiance' and I moved to Tyler a few months ago. His job was transferred from Michigan. We really didn't have a choice. I was excited about the move, at first. Mostly becuase I thought it prudent to look up Tyler and it's demographics and job outlook as well as schools and colleges. ( I have a teenager and wanted to see what the schools were like and I was a fulltime student in Michigan.)
The city websites make this town look enchanting and welcoming...I should have looked for other websites that told the truth about Tyler. The city website boasts of low crime and a low census count of minority and blacks. They are liars and decievers. The city websites show statistics from the year 2000. This is 2008. The demographics have changed considerably from what I have witnessed.
This is important to me, because I am white and I want to live in a good neighborhood, work a good job and all without high levels of crime and the freedom to go wherever I want without having to be the only white person there...But, this is exactly how I am living.
I am a prisoner in my home. I can't even go out on my front steps to sit and read without having passing cars full of blacks and hispanics making comments.(why do they feel it necessary to stop in front of my house and make lude comments and say things that sicken me?) Or being bothered by a very persistent young black teen girl, who dresses like a hooker and always needs something from me. She has no qualms about coming to my front door to ask for cigerettes ...she has even asked my child for them...(live the stereotype much??)
Or, how about going to a fast food place to pick up dinner on a busy night, only to be subjected to rude and obvious comments from the less than courteous black teens that seem to run every fast food place in town? ( and move at the speed of a snail because I'm a "crackah!")
I nearly encited a racial riot when I asked a young teen male who was making our food, to put gloves on. Even the black woman in front of me was livid that this boy was touching his crotch and dancing around like a fool behind the counter... all without a care who saw him and just waiting for someone(a white person-as he kept making eye contact with everyone in line that was white) to say something. Thankfully, his manager stepped in and told him he was violating a public health code...(again, perpetrate the stereotype much??)
Let's face it people...living in a largely black/hispanic community has more crime, more violence, more poverty, lower standards for education, and a generally dirty look and feel to it.
Those of you who look to critisize my outlook and call me racist are probably people who haven't had much life experiences with blacks, worked with them, been victimized by them, have children they wish to protect or are just fooling themselves...or are indeed black or hispanic. Is every black or hispanic person this way? No, but put a community together that is generally black and hispanic and where whites are the minority, and you have the makings of a crappy place to live with no outlets for a family to live and thrive in comfort and peace. There is no harmony, the numbers of blacks and hispanics are too high. To coexist, a community can be diverse, but needs more equivalancies.
I and my family don't speak spanish. Yet everywhere I go, there seems to be some type of language berrier. I took my son to JC Penny's salon to get his haircut. He has the average skater-do,that is long and cool looking. I have always taken him to a Penny's to get his hair done...In Tyler, I made this mistake. The woman they assigned to cut his hair...didn't understand English very well. Imagine that! An immagrant that works here, lives here, take advantage of everything she and her family can here in America...but can't speak or understand the language. Well, my son walked out of there with a semi-Donald Trump comb-over. I was pissed. What a waste of money,time and several inches of my kids previously glorious blonde hair.
Yet another incident was at Walmart...everything moves slower in Texas...including the illiterate Mexican behind the counter that cannot read the lables on items such as produce. How many times do I have to be subjected to broken English and fragmented sentences?? Or, how about the lazy black people that move at an astoundingly slow rate just because they can. I went to the measuring counter at a craft store for fabric, only to stand there for 13 minutes to wait for a black kid to get off his break. Why doesn't this happen when a white person is behind the counter? Because white people don't have anything to prove. We just work.

Since moving here, I have been followed home from a gas station by a rather large black man, ogled regularly by mexicans and blacks(everytime I step outside my door), witnessed a horrendous brawl in front of the middle school...on my sons first day of school...seen too many young black kids perpetrating acts of violence and crime. My son hates school here. He doesn't want to pretend to like black music and talk like a black person to save his ass from gettin' pounded by an astounding number of black or hispanic kids. The teachers fear the students here. Many parents have told me to move my son to a private school for 9th-12th grade.The high schools here are rivals...with in the same town! WTF is up with that?? From what I have been told by my neighbors and fellow parents, are that the high schools here are worse than the middle schools. The fights are elevated to weapons and duels outside of school. Great! just what every mother wants for her son...learn to survive by picking which gang to join.

And, I live in a semi-good part of town. I pity any white person trapped in the slums. Yes, I typed slums. There are several areas in town that are ugly,dirty,overpopulated with low-income rentals and park-like areas that look as if a white person would be shot if they entered. I am white...and a minority here. Where are all the white people?? Where do they go to hang out? Where do they swim, play, enjoy the outdoors?
I haven't yet learned those things. I ask people regularly..."Where do you go around here that is safe and you don't feel like you're going to get mugged or raped?" The response is always the same, we don't! They stay at home or go out of town to enjoy time with friends or go to a park. They send their kids to private school or homeschool them. They arrange their lives to where their schedule don't conflict with the blacks or hispanics. They do as the rest of us do, avoid the problem areas...which is hard,because they are everywhere. One lady told me that she takes her kids to the park only at times when she knows the blacks haven't congregated there. She pays over $500.00 in the summer for her kids to swim in a private pool at a gym. All so they aren't subjected to rude comments and gang like scenerios, much like that of the Tyler public swimming pools. Once you arrive...you will see what I mean. The pool is nice, but the language is upsetting. The atmosphere is scarey. The blacks at the pool seem to feel obligated to say and do as they like. Even in front of small children. They don't censor themselves. They purposefully make you feel uncomfortable and unwelcome. The bathrooms are filthy and we all know why...
The level of violence in Tyler, is only exceeded by the level of immorality. If you wish to call my racism immoral, by all means do so. I cannot help being honest. I say what people whisper to me...out loud.Am I the only white person that feels this way here in Tyler...Hell No! Everywhere I go, I find a commonality with my fellow "crackahs" They whisper at me, they nod an exchange of disapproval, they tell me under their breath "welcome to Tyler, home of the lazy and uneducated." I know exactly what that means... Lazy blacks and illiterate Mexicans.
I had an older gentleman tell me last week that I should not go out without my husband/boyfriend. I was befuddled at first. Then I looked around and realized that he was commenting on the fact that a group of black males ( all around 20's??) were looking at me and making gestures. I found myself scrambling to get out of the store...and later having the "please don't treat woman like that" speach to my son. As I don't want him to grow up thinking that men are suppose to talk and act like that to woman. Especially in public. I do have one thing to say, the older Mexican gentleman respect woman way more than younger men and blacks. Why do black men seem to think it's ok to openly speak about a woman and her body and the things they want to do in public? And, why do younger hispanics follow this trend? Again, not all blacks are this way. But I have had a hard time finding many who don't.
Tyler sucks. So far, I am not impressed with Texas in general. As the whites in Tyler say..."You should have moved to a nicer area...Welcome to Tyler."
So are you assuming all blacks are nasty and don't mind men rubbing their crotch while cooking our food

Not trying to be rude,but the things that have happened to you seem very far-fetched and I'd think maybe you could've possibly started some of these incidents. I've been to Tyler and loved the city and have heard nothing but good things about it until now.

You now seem bitter and racist and generalized a whole group of different races. I'm sorry about what happened to you, but you really shouldn't judge Texas just because of what happened to you in Tyler.
 
Old 07-04-2008, 03:12 PM
 
Location: Texas
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no, i think she's just found herself in the wrong part of Texas, or at least in the wrong part of Tyler..........
if i had not been a Texan and known other parts of Texas, and judged Texas on my one year in South Texas, i would have moved to another state. Texas is BIG and there is something for everyone

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I'm not a Texan although I will be soon enough so I can't say anything. However, as a White Southern Man, I say go back to Michigan.. Although we have a checkered past. We don't keep that mentality in 2008.
 
Old 07-04-2008, 03:19 PM
 
Location: Texas
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Not that I know the OP, but I would not necessarily assume that she started some of these incidents. Folks said the same thing when I mentioned my experiences in South Texas. When I moved down there, I knew there were lots of hispanics (though the demographics listed everywhere never really were accurate-the town I was in was probably more like 95%. I like hispanics-had always had very good experiences with the few that I had been around in North Texas and in Georgia. Then I had a really difficult time down in South Texas, so I did not arrive there with a negative or racist attitude. When I posted about my experiences, folks were accusing me of being racist or hating hispanics and inciting all the things that happened to me. It simply wasnt so.
We all know that there are bad people in all races.

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So are you assuming all blacks are nasty and don't mind men rubbing their crotch while cooking our food

Not trying to be rude,but the things that have happened to you seem very far-fetched and I'd think maybe you could've possibly started some of these incidents. I've been to Tyler and loved the city and have heard nothing but good things about it until now.

You now seem bitter and racist and generalized a whole group of different races. I'm sorry about what happened to you, but you really shouldn't judge Texas just because of what happened to you in Tyler.
 
Old 07-04-2008, 03:30 PM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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no, i think she's just found herself in the wrong part of Texas, or at least in the wrong part of Tyler..........
if i had not been a Texan and known other parts of Texas, and judged Texas on my one year in South Texas, i would have moved to another state. Texas is BIG and there is something for everyone
No offense to the O.P. ( even though she has offended the hell out of me.. ) I would kill myself if I had to live in an all white neighbhorhood.

I would prefer my neighborhood to be 22% White, 22% Black, 22% Hispanic, 22% Asian, and 12% Other.

Seriously, I understand that the woman picked to live in Tyler because she thought it was 100% white with no crime. However, as a man that has a black wife and all black inlaws, and have lived in multi-cultured neighborhoods almost all of my life. I find ALOT of the stuff the O.P. said to be offensive. Personally, IMHO, the only thing missing from her post was a confederate flag.

I wonder what would happen if someone black posted a topic telling people an " unfortunate truth " about an all white part of Texas complaining of trailer parks, toilets with flowers growing out of it, ect, ect, ect.

Tasteless and Classless. I personally hope she/they move back up north.
 
Old 07-04-2008, 03:37 PM
 
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So are you assuming all blacks are nasty and don't mind men rubbing their crotch while cooking our food

I BELIEVED Rynn said and I quote.....Even the black woman in front of me was livid that this boy was touching his crotch and dancing around like a fool behind the counter...
 
Old 07-04-2008, 03:37 PM
 
Location: Katy,TX.
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I have been so very disillusioned...
My fiance' and I moved to Tyler a few months ago. His job was transferred from Michigan. We really didn't have a choice. I was excited about the move, at first. Mostly becuase I thought it prudent to look up Tyler and it's demographics and job outlook as well as schools and colleges. ( I have a teenager and wanted to see what the schools were like and I was a fulltime student in Michigan.)
The city websites make this town look enchanting and welcoming...I should have looked for other websites that told the truth about Tyler. The city website boasts of low crime and a low census count of minority and blacks. They are liars and decievers. The city websites show statistics from the year 2000. This is 2008. The demographics have changed considerably from what I have witnessed.
This is important to me, because I am white and I want to live in a good neighborhood, work a good job and all without high levels of crime and the freedom to go wherever I want without having to be the only white person there...But, this is exactly how I am living.
I am a prisoner in my home. I can't even go out on my front steps to sit and read without having passing cars full of blacks and hispanics making comments.(why do they feel it necessary to stop in front of my house and make lude comments and say things that sicken me?) Or being bothered by a very persistent young black teen girl, who dresses like a hooker and always needs something from me. She has no qualms about coming to my front door to ask for cigerettes ...she has even asked my child for them...(live the stereotype much??)
Or, how about going to a fast food place to pick up dinner on a busy night, only to be subjected to rude and obvious comments from the less than courteous black teens that seem to run every fast food place in town? ( and move at the speed of a snail because I'm a "crackah!")
I nearly encited a racial riot when I asked a young teen male who was making our food, to put gloves on. Even the black woman in front of me was livid that this boy was touching his crotch and dancing around like a fool behind the counter... all without a care who saw him and just waiting for someone(a white person-as he kept making eye contact with everyone in line that was white) to say something. Thankfully, his manager stepped in and told him he was violating a public health code...(again, perpetrate the stereotype much??)
Let's face it people...living in a largely black/hispanic community has more crime, more violence, more poverty, lower standards for education, and a generally dirty look and feel to it.
Those of you who look to critisize my outlook and call me racist are probably people who haven't had much life experiences with blacks, worked with them, been victimized by them, have children they wish to protect or are just fooling themselves...or are indeed black or hispanic. Is every black or hispanic person this way? No, but put a community together that is generally black and hispanic and where whites are the minority, and you have the makings of a crappy place to live with no outlets for a family to live and thrive in comfort and peace. There is no harmony, the numbers of blacks and hispanics are too high. To coexist, a community can be diverse, but needs more equivalancies.
I and my family don't speak spanish. Yet everywhere I go, there seems to be some type of language berrier. I took my son to JC Penny's salon to get his haircut. He has the average skater-do,that is long and cool looking. I have always taken him to a Penny's to get his hair done...In Tyler, I made this mistake. The woman they assigned to cut his hair...didn't understand English very well. Imagine that! An immagrant that works here, lives here, take advantage of everything she and her family can here in America...but can't speak or understand the language. Well, my son walked out of there with a semi-Donald Trump comb-over. I was pissed. What a waste of money,time and several inches of my kids previously glorious blonde hair.
Yet another incident was at Walmart...everything moves slower in Texas...including the illiterate Mexican behind the counter that cannot read the lables on items such as produce. How many times do I have to be subjected to broken English and fragmented sentences?? Or, how about the lazy black people that move at an astoundingly slow rate just because they can. I went to the measuring counter at a craft store for fabric, only to stand there for 13 minutes to wait for a black kid to get off his break. Why doesn't this happen when a white person is behind the counter? Because white people don't have anything to prove. We just work.

Since moving here, I have been followed home from a gas station by a rather large black man, ogled regularly by mexicans and blacks(everytime I step outside my door), witnessed a horrendous brawl in front of the middle school...on my sons first day of school...seen too many young black kids perpetrating acts of violence and crime. My son hates school here. He doesn't want to pretend to like black music and talk like a black person to save his ass from gettin' pounded by an astounding number of black or hispanic kids. The teachers fear the students here. Many parents have told me to move my son to a private school for 9th-12th grade.The high schools here are rivals...with in the same town! WTF is up with that?? From what I have been told by my neighbors and fellow parents, are that the high schools here are worse than the middle schools. The fights are elevated to weapons and duels outside of school. Great! just what every mother wants for her son...learn to survive by picking which gang to join.

And, I live in a semi-good part of town. I pity any white person trapped in the slums. Yes, I typed slums. There are several areas in town that are ugly,dirty,overpopulated with low-income rentals and park-like areas that look as if a white person would be shot if they entered. I am white...and a minority here. Where are all the white people?? Where do they go to hang out? Where do they swim, play, enjoy the outdoors?
I haven't yet learned those things. I ask people regularly..."Where do you go around here that is safe and you don't feel like you're going to get mugged or raped?" The response is always the same, we don't! They stay at home or go out of town to enjoy time with friends or go to a park. They send their kids to private school or homeschool them. They arrange their lives to where their schedule don't conflict with the blacks or hispanics. They do as the rest of us do, avoid the problem areas...which is hard,because they are everywhere. One lady told me that she takes her kids to the park only at times when she knows the blacks haven't congregated there. She pays over $500.00 in the summer for her kids to swim in a private pool at a gym. All so they aren't subjected to rude comments and gang like scenerios, much like that of the Tyler public swimming pools. Once you arrive...you will see what I mean. The pool is nice, but the language is upsetting. The atmosphere is scarey. The blacks at the pool seem to feel obligated to say and do as they like. Even in front of small children. They don't censor themselves. They purposefully make you feel uncomfortable and unwelcome. The bathrooms are filthy and we all know why...
The level of violence in Tyler, is only exceeded by the level of immorality. If you wish to call my racism immoral, by all means do so. I cannot help being honest. I say what people whisper to me...out loud.Am I the only white person that feels this way here in Tyler...Hell No! Everywhere I go, I find a commonality with my fellow "crackahs" They whisper at me, they nod an exchange of disapproval, they tell me under their breath "welcome to Tyler, home of the lazy and uneducated." I know exactly what that means... Lazy blacks and illiterate Mexicans.
I had an older gentleman tell me last week that I should not go out without my husband/boyfriend. I was befuddled at first. Then I looked around and realized that he was commenting on the fact that a group of black males ( all around 20's??) were looking at me and making gestures. I found myself scrambling to get out of the store...and later having the "please don't treat woman like that" speach to my son. As I don't want him to grow up thinking that men are suppose to talk and act like that to woman. Especially in public. I do have one thing to say, the older Mexican gentleman respect woman way more than younger men and blacks. Why do black men seem to think it's ok to openly speak about a woman and her body and the things they want to do in public? And, why do younger hispanics follow this trend? Again, not all blacks are this way. But I have had a hard time finding many who don't.
Tyler sucks. So far, I am not impressed with Texas in general. As the whites in Tyler say..."You should have moved to a nicer area...Welcome to Tyler."

You should give the local Tyler KKK Chapter a call.
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