Appreciating (or depreciating) the South Feb 5, 2010 15:04:59 GMT
Post by existentialcrisis on Feb 5, 2010 15:04:59 GMT
Often,the most racist places are the places where people have the least contact with people of another race or culture. In France, some of the most racist voters are in the villages of Alsace, and when the people are interviewed they say that there are no Muslims or black people in their village ("and we don't want any") and in many cases they have never seen any except on television.
That's interesting K2, because I have also found the contrary. There is not much diversity in the Maritime provinces. Where I was specifically brought up there were no black children, and also never a racist comment. But in other suburbs, with a mix of black and white students, there were big race conflicts. I think it mostly wears off after people graduate high school, as last Christmas my cousin didn't remember ever having complained about the blacks in his high school, and that was only a couple years ago. In the rural, very white, areas I've lived in there were undoubtedly racist jokes told, but I don't believe there was actually any hatred behind them. I believe Calgary is so racist because it was essentially a redneck city, and when it had it's boom, many immigrants moved here. The whole North East of Calgary is pretty much immigrants from India. And I would say 60-70% of my work place is Asian. I have never heard so many racist comments as when I'm around other white people who mistakenly think I share their views just because my skin happens to be the same color as theirs. Basically, it has been my experience that racism occurs when there is a proximity. Otherwise, it's not a point of concern.
Sorry for the drift...