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Old 07-27-2012, 10:39 AM
 
Location: Dallas, TX
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Reactions of the OP when arriving to NYC from a small town in the middle of nowhere.


- Upon seeing (other than on TV) the first couple of non-whites ;

- Upon realizing that there are (new) immigrants here too;

-Upon realizing that he's competing with dark-skinned people for the same jobs;

-Upon realizing that none of this is gonna be like back home and has to adapt with the reality of NYC:
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Old 07-27-2012, 10:41 AM
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Yea, its Scranton Island
Jeeze.
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Old 07-27-2012, 10:53 AM
 
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So here is the thing, in many other places in the country people of color *are* minorities so it's something we deal with all the time: I'm the only black person at/in _____ (fill in the blank with almost anything). Except the difference is that we can face real challenges around racism and the like for being minorities in those environments. In the case of the OP, what "challenges" would you have to face being in NYC? You're still white, it's just that you are now in an environment that has more ethnic and racial diversity. Unless of course you are saying that the challenge is having to interact with people from different backgrounds...
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Old 07-27-2012, 10:55 AM
 
Location: USA
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usually whites get all the good jobs
and make much more money than
"minorities", so why keep complaining
about others having jobs too? what is
really the point?


blacks and browns shouldn't have jobs now?

wth..
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Old 07-27-2012, 10:58 AM
 
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OP's getting beat up in here. He did word this thread poorly but I think I understand the sentiment.

Just as any black/Asian/Latino would need to adjust if moving from a place in which they're the majority to a predominantly white town, the same adjustment is necessary for OP.

To answer OP's question, I don't think it will be much of a challenge. It's a good thing to experience all different kinds of cultures. Soak it all in!
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Old 07-27-2012, 10:58 AM
 
Location: NYC
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growing up in bay ridge we would often put on blackface and perform excursions into coney island and bed stuy

it was good practice for the real world out there with all the scary minorities

to this day i still get casting calls when they're putting on a performance of roots
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Old 07-27-2012, 11:27 AM
 
Location: West Harlem
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There isn't such a challenge here as many make it to be. I have the sense that things are far worse in Boston, for example. The challenge becomes bigger if you take it as focus.

Nowadays, with the people worth knowing, that is, it really does boil down to what sort of person you are.

If people are racist, avoid them. In our current cultural climate, people are not very smart and so such things should not come as a surprise to anyone.

If people discriminate against you for jobs, sue them. If you can. I have experienced, actually both of us have experienced, a great deal of discrimination that is subtle enough to escape proof. There is nothing anyone can do about that - walk away and carry on.
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Old 07-27-2012, 11:31 AM
 
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OP's getting beat up in here. He did word this thread poorly but I think I understand the sentiment.

Just as any black/Asian/Latino would need to adjust if moving from a place in which they're the majority to a predominantly white town, the same adjustment is necessary for OP.

To answer OP's question, I don't think it will be much of a challenge. It's a good thing to experience all different kinds of cultures. Soak it all in!
Yeah, I agree with you. Anytime anyone brings the concept of race into these threads, it's off to the races. I think your answer is the most reasonable.

OP, I think that anytime you live in a culture that is totally different from yours you are going to feel a disconnect, and you over time adjust. If you moved to the Caucasus (where they are all Caucasians, right?), they might physically look like you -- but they are not like you in any other way. If you moved to Iran, where the people are ethnically Aryans, you would feel very foreign, most likely. You resemble more in culture people of all ethnicities in NY than you do Russians or Iranians in their own countries.

Advice: stop feeling weird, and in a little while you will hardly even notice anyone's ethnic background. It's really all good in New York.
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Old 07-27-2012, 11:31 AM
 
Location: West Harlem
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It depends on where you live in NYC, visiting friends in Manhattan it is predominately white but you don't notice it until I visit friends out in Brooklyn and I enter areas that are less than 50% white, it is definitely a bit of a culture shock, but race has never been an issue with me. I am often times more annoyed by the fact that we as people make such an issue out of skin color when that has no merit on a person.
But why would it be a culture shock ?
This would have nothing to do with race and everything to do with social class allegiances.
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Old 07-27-2012, 12:36 PM
 
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Manhattan and Stanton Island are the two "whitest" places in New York City but outside of the tourist areas, most people on the subway and actually walking around Manhattan are people of color or immigrants. Stanton Island is less and less white all the time.

My QUESTION still stands: If you grew up in an old fashioned white dominated town where English is spoken as the first language of nearly everyone isn't the extreme ethnic diversity of New York a challenge sometimes?

* If I were from a foreign country and I moved into Erie PA, my home town, it would be a shock adjusting too.
Whites are immigrants, too, honey...
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