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  •  Yes living in the NE most of my life, what we see (21+ / 0-)

    and hear are whispers, people in a corner of a resturant or bar or at a party or picnic making racist statements in whispers and loud tones.  

    But the racists here in the northeast, I think, tend to be in deep denial because they work with a black guy, their neighbor is a black woman, their boss is a Latino, they play softball with a minority and go out for a beer.

    In the North, there is more of the ....

    I cannot be racist, I have a friend who is black.
    Syndrome going on..I see it a lot.

    That is very very common here in PA  for sure, saw it my whole life. It is not open, it is very covert, done in whispers.

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    by wishingwell on Sat Mar 16, 2013 at 09:26:14 AM PDT

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    •  I grew up in the Northeast, (4+ / 0-)

      Where we had one -- literally, one -- African-American child in our entire elementary school.  Yes, there's racism in the North.

      "We *can* go back to the Dark Ages! The crust of learning and good manners and tolerance is so thin!" -- Sinclair Lewis

      by Nespolo on Sat Mar 16, 2013 at 10:50:20 AM PDT

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      •  wierd we always had about 5 Black kids (0+ / 0-)

        in our classes. But I grew up in a suburb of a big city.

        Then again some Northeastern states only have about 5% African Americans in their populations. That is in fact one in 20 if you have a class of 20.

        I'm not arguing there is no racism in the North. Just that not having a lot of Black people may not necessarily mean that on its own. Perhaps you know more, something like your town kept Black people out.

        •  State vs county (0+ / 0-)

          Sure, but the places where black people live in those states, white people send their kids to suburban schools with few blacks. Its standard operating procedure

          There is truth on all sides. The question is how much.

          by slothlax on Sat Mar 16, 2013 at 11:35:08 PM PDT

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    •  I don't hear racist whispers very often (0+ / 0-)

      I think a handful in my entire adult life. But perhaps I am not sensitized to them. I also have lived in neighborhoods with very mixed ethnicities in the city.

      Once in a while I do hear a 'hintishly" negative comment about Black people in a backhand way. Such as comments about certain neighborhoods, for example. The last time I recall this was after the election in Nov...something was said hintishly about Obama by the owner of a diner I was talking to. I questioned him about it directly and watched him wiggle.

      Primarily it seems to me that less educated and older (older than 50) people might have that attitude.

      Among people older than 50 (and especially over 65) and especially less educated people I do see that "I'm not racist I have a Black friend" mentality. You pegged that one.

      I dont' see much racism in people under 40...do you find it has a generational skew?

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