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View Poll Results: What region is more racist?
North 13 20.63%
South 15 23.81%
both are racist 24 38.10%
racism is dying everywhere 11 17.46%
Voters: 63. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 05-18-2011, 11:40 AM
Location: Rochester Hills
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At the risk of getting this thread locked or deleted, I would like everyone's opinions (remembering that we're talking in generalizations).

I got into a conversation last night with a friend that somehow turned into him saying that the south is no more racist than the north.

I was actually shocked that to hear him say that, because I assumed that everyone assumed that racism is far more prevalent in the south.

Old 05-18-2011, 11:48 AM
Location: Lafayette, Louisiana
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No. Racists come from all corners of the globe. Actually it should be more of an urban vs. rural rather than north vs. south.
Old 05-18-2011, 11:52 AM
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Both are racist in very different ways. The south is really not that racist if you have lived down here. Southern hospitality truly exist down here and everyone's really nice and laid back. I would say that if there is any racism, it's limited to the very small cities. I haven't experienced that much racism anywhere in the south. Except for stereotyping.

I would say racism definitely exist in the North as well. It's not as prevelent as in some podunk town in the mid-west, but it's there. I've heard many times how native-americans and whites don't get along too well up in the Dakotas. You can look up the many racist incidents that have happened up there on the internet. And alot of other stuff. Someone else needs to elaborate though.
Old 05-18-2011, 12:24 PM
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people are racists, not places.
Old 05-18-2011, 01:52 PM
Location: Queens, NY
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Originally Posted by allenk893 View Post
Both are racist in very different ways.
Old 05-18-2011, 02:33 PM
Location: New York
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I agree that you encounter racism anywhere really, and I also agree that it may be more of an urban vs. rural. People who live in urban areas most of the time are more exposed to different cultures. That being said, I actually have experienced more racism living in North Carolina than when I lived in Pennsylvania. People in North Carolina automatically assumed I was from Pakistan because I wasn't white, black, or Mexican (that's what they call all Hispanic people). I was immediately dubbed a "Pakistanian terrorist" the third day of school, and it wasn't in a joking light either. And I don't entirely agree Allenk893. I think people have serious misconceptions of what "Southern Hospitality" really is, and where it's exhibited in the South, because certainly the whole Southern region isn't oozing geniality and friendliness, even places that aren't touched by transplants. Of course there's going to be racism everywhere, including the North, and I don't disregard that, but I'm just relating my personal experiences.
Old 05-18-2011, 03:33 PM
Location: Raleigh, NC
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Racism and race in general are touchy subjects. It would be great if this discussion could stay civil. I think the South gets a worse reputation than it deserves on the racism issue (and to some degree this is understandable based on some terrible actions of the past). Yes, there are a good many racists in the south, but I have found that sometimes those from other parts of the country have less interaction with people from other races and when they do they are often racist almost as often as southerners. To some degree people in other parts of the country seem less racist only because they don't interact with different people as often.

So while the south may have a slightly higher percentage of racists, I think the difference is not nearly as great as people think it is. I also think that while there are still a lot of racists out there, it is really lessening. I see it a lot less now than I did 25 years ago.
Old 05-18-2011, 03:38 PM
Location: Columbia Heights, Washington, D.C.
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If by north you mean Maine to Maryland, than yes the north is more racist.
Old 05-18-2011, 03:43 PM
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This is only like the tenth thread on CD about this. Perhaps the OP could read some of the old threads before starting another one.
Old 05-18-2011, 03:48 PM
Location: Boston, MA
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