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Old 05-01-2012, 01:28 PM
 
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This is yet another question about the Dothan area. I am considering retiring there but am still researching other areas. In my internet research I saw comments about Louisiana and racial segregation and open disapproval of biracial couples. I was wondering if such things occur in Alabama and specifically in the Dothan area. I have friends from various races and would not want to subject them to such treatment when they visit me. Thanks for any info you can provide. morlaine
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Old 05-01-2012, 08:03 PM
 
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Really, this is a non issue. I don't think that you would get any more or less stares /questions than other areas. I see interacial couples of all variations. If you are looking for trouble from people then you will encounter it for sure. Most just don't care.

One note, there is a local reporter and on his web site he posted a story with pics of his teenage son asking him to take him and 7 buddies up to the lake. The story recounted what the boys did, etc along with pics. I noted with pleased interest that 2 of the kids were black and it warmed my heart. We are making progress and race wasn't an issue for the kids or parents.
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Old 05-01-2012, 08:27 PM
 
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Thanks for the reply. Race has never been an issue for me, thanks to the good upbringing of my grandparents. However, I know that some of my friends have had problems. It seems like Louisiana is not as forward thinking as Alabama. I am so looking forward to my move to the Dothan area. And am excited about my retirement. Thanks again, morlaine
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Old 05-02-2012, 06:30 AM
 
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Thanks for the reply. Race has never been an issue for me, thanks to the good upbringing of my grandparents. However, I know that some of my friends have had problems. It seems like Louisiana is not as forward thinking as Alabama. I am so looking forward to my move to the Dothan area. And am excited about my retirement. Thanks again, morlaine
You cannot stereotyp a state. You will run into people with a chip on their shoulder and a preset mindset in all 50 states.
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Old 05-02-2012, 07:05 AM
 
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Louisiana is just fine and no more racist than anywhere else. The elderly, well, that's a different matter and is nearly everywhere. And then there is the tokenism you see across the US as a whole, "soft bigotry of low expectations" etc.

Most discrimination these days amounts to "I want the ______ to like me but they might not like me because I'm _____." Some people like to worry, and if this is something they want to worry about, go ahead. But it's nothing for a person to worry about.

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Old 05-02-2012, 09:34 PM
 
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I lived in the Troy area of Alabama for four years. I would go to Montgomery and Dothan quite a bit. I had only moved from Florida to there, but I did notice more racial tension. It went both ways though. There is a considerable amount of racism still rampant all through out the south, just not as blatant as most might expect. If you don't go looking for a fight you'd be fine, but there are still areas where they tell white or black races to avoid. If you're going to one the smaller towns or "communities" they can be wary to outsiders in general. I, personally, would never move back to Alabama just because it was so boring and behind the times.
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Old 05-03-2012, 08:13 AM
 
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I have noticed more racial tension in places like Birmingham and Mobile than I have in Dothan. You will see an occasional idiot driving around town with a giant confederate flag hanging from the back of their truck, but that is rare.

being that fort rucker is close by, you have quite a mix of people in the area.
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