Originally posted by micmerci
reply to post by getreadyalready
What size city do you live in? I ask because from the example, it sounds like lack of exposure to diversity is the problem. I grew up in NYC and there
were far more ethnicity in our park at the same time than just the two examples you gave.
Those were the two extremes to prove my point. Of course if someone walks up to a homogenized park, they won't have the same reaction as they would
if they were going to stand out as the only anomaly.
I grew up in a very small, all-white town, but now I live in a town where I am the minority. I've been on both ends of that scenario many times. We
have a very cool Reggae Club here in my town that is open after the other clubs close, and I have been the only white guy with about 1000 black folks
there on many nights. I also have a good friend in an all-black fraternity, and I have DJ'd their parties, and hung out with the frat many, many
times. I have also been the asshole that brings his black friend to an all redneck party, and I was the first guy from my school to date a black girl
and bring her around my friends and family. Now, don't get me wrong, I prefer white folks by far, and I'm married to a white woman now, but I still
have plenty of black friends, and I can take their culture in the right doses when I am prepared for it.
Naive racism is the best racism.
I know plenty of racist people that realize they are racist and they are open about it, and I also know plenty
that think they are not racist, but in reality they are the worst ones.
We had a beautiful roommate/nanny living with us last year, and she was mixed race. She is modeling now, and she just got her first nationwide
magazine spread. Even the racists would admit she was gorgeous. A good friend of mine was talking with her one day at our barbeque, and they got on
the subject of sex, and he said he wouldn't want any from her. She asked why, and he said, "because you're black." She laughed (she doesn't get
rejected ever), and she asked me if he was joking. I said no. We were drinking, having a good time, but she was totally flabbergasted. She kept
trying to push the issue, and we kept having fun with it, and of course he enjoyed all the flirting, but he was absolutely not interested in any way,
simply because she was black. Now compare that with the old white-women that I work with who are super nice to everyone's face, and would never say
a bad word about them, but as soon as they walk away they frown and whisper to each other.
The secret racism and naive racism is the worst kind. I actually appreciate a straight up open and honest racist.