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Old 07-26-2007, 02:13 PM
Location: Everett, WA
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Hypothetically speaking, let's say that a young man were to move to South Dakota. This man happens to be half white and half black. Though he is half black he mostly looks white, but he could in some cases possibly be mistaken for a whitish-indian or an italian. Using the racism scale provided, what would the odds be for this unique individual to experience unacceptance and racism in the state (as a whole) of South Dakota?

Scale: 1-10; 1 being least likely, 10 being most likely

Key: New York City- 1
Talladega, Alabama- 8
Everett, Washington- 6
Clarksdale, Mississippi- 10
Boise, Idaho- 7.2
Toledo, Ohio- 3
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Old 07-26-2007, 03:44 PM
Location: Spots Wyoming
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South Dakotians are very sure of Race. We very carefully act toward each race.

In Rapid City, the Race is on Frinday night. They have class a, class b, super stock and Modified. I for one, like #33.

In Miller, the Race is on Saturday nigh. Amazing enough, I like Willy Yost who is #33.

I don't remember if Sioux Falls is on Friday or Saturday. Here in Sheridan Wyoming, the Race is on Sunday evening.

We keep close tabs on Races in Wyoming and South Dakota. But it's the only race issue you'll find in either place.

We do however, judge neighbors. Regardless of race. Are they a good neighbor, or are they a bad neighbor. Do they say howdy when you both happen to be outside at the same time? Do they visit over the fence? Do they teach their kids to be kind to neighbors and respect their property? If they kick a ball over the fence, they know they're welcome to come get it. If they simply come over to see what they can take, then their not of a good neighbor.

I for one could care less what race of person is living next door. I do respect their heritage and am willing to learn more about thier heritage. But I look first to see if they are a neighbor that is willing to blend in with the others.
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Old 07-27-2007, 08:44 AM
Location: So. Dak.
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I'd rate So. Dak. as a 9 in that area. If you're a nice person (and you sound like you are), you'd be totally accepted and welcomed in our state. The only reason I'm not giving it a 10 is because some of the smaller towns are not quite as accepting of other races. In some areas of the state, the smaller towns have a lot of elderly and they're used to two races~the Caucasions and the Sioux so naturally they'd be curious and may not be as welcoming. If you stick with a town 10,000 plus, you shouldn't encounter a problem at all.
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Old 07-27-2007, 09:07 PM
Location: Twin Cities, Minnesota
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When a person of varied race comes to a dominantly white area (SD) people DO notice... however, they are not prejudice towards them.
I have Arab-American neighbors who just moved in down the street. They wear Burkas and they speak Arabic.

I will admit, when I first saw them i immaturely thought: "Oh My! Terrorists moved in next door. They're gonna bomb us or the Air Force Base!" But then I put those childish thoughts aside and figured that they were hard-working, friendly, people who just happened to be from the Middle East. Turns out they were and they actually WORKED AT THE BASE!

People in South Dakota may THINK of racial stereotypes, but they will not expect them!
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