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Old 07-23-2009, 06:38 PM
 
Location: Denver--->Atlanta--->DC
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Have you been to Atlanta Legs? The culture shock I'm speaking of is just that --- people are verrrryyy different in Georgia in general, Atlanta too, than Coloradoans.

oh and sadly, yes, the Hispanics are the flavor of the decade. Soon it'll move on to another group...

I have also taken note of middle easterners and regretfully east indians (as stupid people like to group them all into one) being targeted.

Me and my coworker friend call Denver a "mini" city.
Lived there for 4 years...
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Old 07-23-2009, 08:41 PM
 
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Denver does not have the strictly segregated neighborhoods that you will have seen in large urban cities of the east. There are no definitive boundaries and Blacks are in residents all over the metro area. Certainly, there are areas that have a larger Black population.

I have grown up in a Eastern Segregated City. I can assure you that race relations are much improved in the Denver area. People get along much better and their is more mixing of blacks and whites.

Livecontent

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Old 07-23-2009, 09:50 PM
 
Location: Denver--->Atlanta--->DC
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I disagree with this limited life experience in the Denver area. Denver does not have the strictly segregated neighborhoods that you will have seen in large urban cities of the east. There are no definitive boundaries and Blacks are in residents all over the metro area. Certainly, there are areas that have a larger Black population but that does not support a incorrect statement of "extremely segregated".

I am much older than this young "expert"?? on race and I have grown up in a Eastern Segregated City. I can assure you that race relations are much improved in the Denver area. People get along much better and their is more mixing of blacks and whites.

Livecontent
That's a common assumption that many people make...
With Atlanta in particular, just because there is a larger black population doesn't mean that there aren't racial problems. My only point was that Denver might take some getting used to just because of the sheer numbers, or lack of numbers.
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Old 07-23-2009, 10:25 PM
 
Location: Tennessee bound...someday
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I grew up in Denver and due to forced busing, went to a predominantly black school. (I am white.) My neighborhood was *fairly* diverse for it's time. I liked the mix we had of races, religions, ethnicities. I think that has only improved through the years. My nieces & nephews are all of mixed heritage and I think we as adults worry about it enough for both the kids and us. The children aren't even giving it a passing nod. They range in age from 2 to 31, and have attended schools in Denver, Aurora, Littleton, & Arvada.

IMO, every generation gets better at rightly accepting it...every generation (hopefully) leaves a bit more of the negativity and "stigma" behind. Is there even anyone left who dares to knock an inter-racial marriage/family? Out loud, I mean. Even the few who still feel it's wrong have some sense to keep their opinions silent. I think your family will love it in Denver.
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Old 07-23-2009, 10:42 PM
 
Location: Denver 'burbs
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I agree with piperspal. I live in what is often described as a "predominantly white" suburb but there are certainly a variety of people here. I don't think anyone thinks about it one way or another. We have friends, coworkers, neighbors who represent a variety of ethnicities and I don't find biracial families to be unusual at all.... "even here"....
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Old 07-24-2009, 09:02 AM
 
Location: Denver, CO
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ok then, I suppose you know what I mean by culture shock then. Although I must say, I found most of the people in the city to be very friendly. Most of my issues came when I left the central part of the city.

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Old 07-24-2009, 09:05 AM
 
Location: Denver, CO
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I'm mixed, I say black but I'm half black, half white. I suppose the reason why I just say I'm black is because honestly that's what people see. I should say I'm brown. Anyway, I am amazed at the amount of mixed race people here, people just like me.

It just seems a bit exaggerated to say that the OPs kids will feel out of place in schools and grocery stores because of their race. Something I was trying to get at earlier but maybe didn't do so well at --- is that I think they might temporarily feel out of place because it's Denver, not Atlanta.

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Old 07-24-2009, 09:21 AM
 
Location: Just south of Denver since 1989
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Please correct me if I am wrong, but isn't racism personal?

A person is racist, or not.

I understand a group of individuals can come together with similar ideals and be racist together.

Is a community racist? Can it be?
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Old 07-24-2009, 10:02 AM
 
Location: Denver, CO
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2bindenver: oh wow are you opening a can of worms. Look at this and tell me if communities can be racist.

Images of nooses, Confederate flags tighten racism's grip in town of Paris, Texas -- chicagotribune.com

I am not labeling this town as racist, but there certainly does seem to be a small racist community there.

Also, in defining community, can't that be what you just described? "...group of individuals can come together with similar ideals..."
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Old 07-24-2009, 10:14 AM
 
Location: Just south of Denver since 1989
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I know - a few smaller communities have some terrible ideals.

Are there any of these in the Metro Denver area?
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