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Old 05-13-2012, 08:11 PM
 
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This is a very sensitive question, but one that's very important to us. Here's some background as to why I have this question. I'm originally from the Midwest where race has never been an issue or something that was on the forefront. About 6 years ago we relocated to Memphis, TN where unfortunately racial tension is incredibly high. My husband has been asked to relocate to Richmond, VA and I'm very curious what the racial tension is like, if there's any at all. I appreciate everyone's feedback.
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Old 05-14-2012, 07:32 AM
 
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Well, not sure what race you are so I can only speak on what I have dealt with. I am from Johnson City, TN (Northeast TN) where I dealt with A LOT of racism since 9/11 (I am Middle Eastern). When we moved here to Richmond, it was almost nonexistant. Now, this could be my experience only and there will be ignorance anywhere you go but in comparison to TN, in my experience, I felt no real tension.
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Old 05-14-2012, 09:23 AM
 
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Moving to Richmond in a little over a month. We're a multiracial family, and it will be interesting to see if we notice any difference after having lived in the RTP, NC area, which is very diverse.
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Old 05-14-2012, 09:43 AM
 
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i feel like there is significant black/white racial tension within the city itself with the large population of poorer blacks that live downtown. in the surrounding suburbs its not that bad since the socioeconomic differences between races isn't as substantial. i am white, though, so i may have had different experiences than someone of another race.
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Old 05-14-2012, 09:57 AM
 
Location: Atlanta, GA
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brocco has a point, any tension that may (or may not) exist probably is more owing to economic differences rather than racial. I am South Asian / fairly dark-skinned and "foreign-looking" I have never felt prejudiced anywhere, in fact people have been eerily nice and welcoming always. If you go into the countryside you may get a few curious looks but that's mainly out of curiosity than anything else, nothing un-friendly imho.

Never been to Tennessee, always wanted to visit but based on the various accounts I hear that may not be such a bright idea lol.

Ironically whatever little "prejudice" I have ever received were mainly from black folks, and you would think they would be sympathetic to a "brother" !!!
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Old 05-14-2012, 10:00 AM
 
Location: Virginia (again)
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Moving to Richmond in a little over a month. We're a multiracial family, and it will be interesting to see if we notice any difference after having lived in the RTP, NC area, which is very diverse.
My children are biracial (1/4 black). We lived in Cary from 2006 to 2008 so I can compare that area to the western suburbs of Richmond where we have lived for the past 4 years. I don't notice any racial issues and find it to be very similar to the Triangle. Short Pump is very diverse. That said, the diversity is primarily Asian (mainly Indians who work in IT). There are not a lot of blacks in the West End. They are in the city and the East End. This area, though, has "haves" and "have nots", excellent schools and terrible schools, etc. This is driven by socioeconomic factors.

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Old 05-14-2012, 03:37 PM
 
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ronyusa,

I wouldn't knock a visitation to TN off the list as the state has some very beautiful cities in it. I loved Johnson City in itself, nice small town and it was relatively pleasant until 9/11 hit (for me anyway). But Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg, Nashville, etc. are all very nice places to visit!
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Old 05-14-2012, 03:40 PM
 
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The City is majority black. If you live around the VCU area, you will have the wealthiest amount of diversity as VCU is LOADED with different races and may be more of a welcoming area than one that is predominantly one race. Again, as others have stated and I have stated, I have felt nothing but welcome. I worked in the housing projects in the city and a majority of the families just want to be respected. I gained a lot of respect and those very "thug boys" who stand up against authority actually stated would have my back if I were to get jumped (I was Armed Security). So it is really a matter of respect. Same thing with the country side of things, I will get curious looks when headed into Louisa, Powhatan, Goochland, etc. Nothing uncomfortable but still looks, however, say hi with a smile and 98% of the time you get a hello back.
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Old 05-15-2012, 05:06 PM
 
Location: Richmond/Philadelphia/Brooklyn
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I think that Richmond is sometimes seen as more racist because it was the capitol of the confederacy. This is defiantly not true though as the city has become more diverse recently. I would just not move into the northeast near the housing projects (not necessarily to do with racial tensions though).
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