posted on Feb, 11 2005 @ 11:33 AM
what I am saying is that in our American culture today, we are somewhat coerced in certain choices when it comes to culture/race. For the longest
time, the State of Illinois was trying to integrate the town of Cicero, which was mostly Italian, but is now mostly Latino. They were offering a years
free rent to prospected black home owners and renters. As soon as a black family moved in, the Italians, and latinos, would break their windows on
their houses, spray graffitti on their garages, and generally harrass them until they moved out. See, the State was in some respect trying to force
blacks into a neighborhood. I'm not saying it was right was the people of Cicero did. We could use any example from any ethnic group.
And, to live in the city of Chicago, is not the same as living in a white-bred, suburban, mainstream America. I can see people ffrom rural areas
having a problem with various cultures, or even on the other end of the spectrum, call a person a 'bigot' who believes that cultural awreness is key
to the harmony of our nation. Unless a person lives in a major metropolitan area, with a great many number of neighborhoods, all saturated in their
own history and culture, they would have no idea what I am talking about. To have a few Mexicans or Asians living in a small city of 50,000 is of no
comparison. But to live in a city of millions, with as many different cultures as there are potholes in the road, is a different experience.
As to Forced Segregation, of course not. But we are segregated by choice. That is why we have our little neighborhoods. People feel more at
ease around those who are the same as them.
[edit on 11-2-2005 by nathraq]