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Old 08-24-2012, 08:01 AM
 
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If you grew up in a town like I did and moved to NYC, did the nature of the huge immigrant population and large number of languages spoken on the street impact you?
My mother was from NYC, my Dad LI. I was raised LI and left for Buffalo 43+ years ago. The town I was raised in was getting ethnically diverse then, NYC (when we went to visit family) moreso. I now happily live on basically the edge of suburbs / start of farmland here and understand what you are saying. I left the area and basically, it was a bit of culture shock here when I realized how split the ethnic groups were... and still are. You have 3rd+ generation people who still speak a native language in the home. Know what? It doesn't have to do with seeing so many diverse people; it has to do with just a difference of community. You are overwhelmed with people in numbers as well as diversity. You will either like it and stay or go home. Me? I liked it here and never went back, no regrets (Married a local guy who has family in your area by Erie).
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Old 10-23-2012, 08:13 PM
 
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I am white and have always been in and grew up in areas that were majority asian/black communities. For me, the shock is when I go to white places - it is strange seeing so many white people around. And I feel uncomfortable. Not for any certain reason, just the 'newness' of it all.

So I can completely understand the OP's feelings.
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Old 10-23-2012, 08:18 PM
 
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Back home in Erie PA, which is 90% white with very few immigrants, I always wondered what it was like to be someone of color or ESL. Basically on the side of the town that I lived in nearly everyone was white. But when I visit friends in Queens New York I am shocked how out of sorts I feel walking down the street in a city where pretty much everyone is from somewhere else.

No, this is not a racist troll post complaining about dark skinned people. Instead, I am curious what other people who are white and came from communities whose population is mostly white and fifth generation American, feel living in New York City where they are the minority. How does it make you feel?

Honest answers now, and please... no political correctness, or racist posts either.
People generally feel comfortable around their own kind, racially and religiously and ideologically. This is true of New Yorkers, too. New York is no more a melting pot than Oklahoma. People self-segregate here.

So not many whites or blacks (or any other color) live in communities where they are a minority, hence why we have such things as white neighborhoods, black neighborhoods, etc.
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Old 10-23-2012, 09:21 PM
 
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People generally feel comfortable around their own kind, racially and religiously and ideologically. This is true of New Yorkers, too. New York is no more a melting pot than Oklahoma. People self-segregate here.

So not many whites or blacks (or any other color) live in communities where they are a minority, hence why we have such things as white neighborhoods, black neighborhoods, etc.
No one is self-segregating here on purpose. People are being forced to stay in certain areas in this city due to racism and other factors.

It's not a falsehood or something I'm making up. It's fact and everyone knows it, but want to play stupid.

When a neighborhood is majority one race, especially in 2012, it's by DESIGN.
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Old 10-24-2012, 08:55 AM
 
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No one is self-segregating here on purpose. People are being forced to stay in certain areas in this city due to racism and other factors.

It's not a falsehood or something I'm making up. It's fact and everyone knows it, but want to play stupid.

When a neighborhood is majority one race, especially in 2012, it's by DESIGN.
How can someone be forced to stay in a certain area? This is a free country. People live where they want to live.

Government-enforced racial segregation ended 50-odd years ago, but self-segregation is still as common as it always was.

People like to be around their own kind. That's a universal.
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Old 10-24-2012, 09:09 AM
 
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No one is self-segregating here on purpose. People are being forced to stay in certain areas in this city due to racism and other factors.

It's not a falsehood or something I'm making up. It's fact and everyone knows it, but want to play stupid.

When a neighborhood is majority one race, especially in 2012, it's by DESIGN.

If you mean force in terms that poor folks can't live in the same area as rich folks?? That may be true, but thats a economic cause.

I think people self-segregate for many factors. The single people want to live with single people, married/family w marrid/family , asian with asian, techies with techies... thats life! People want to be with other that they share some common value, and race is the most obvious noticable one
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Old 10-24-2012, 09:42 AM
 
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yeah. what do you think?


you have to canstantly feel like
you don't fit in with these jerks.
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Old 10-24-2012, 02:33 PM
 
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I love it. Queens is the best place in the world in my opinion.
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