I was born and raised in Albuquerque, NM and I had never lived anywhere else in the union until recently.
I was offered a job in Arizona and I took it.
The town where I live is just outside of Sedona.
Being in the medical field, I deal with patients on a daily basis.
I get to make small talk with these people.
Some tell me things about AZ, growing up there and the like.
Some tell me their life story.
And some get around to telling me about their political beliefs.
Never in my life have I ever heard the most blatant racist comments about our president and others of black or Mexican decent.
The thing is, it's ok to disagree with the president on a political level.
But these people straight up hate the man because he is black.
I've had patients call him "'n-word' boy", "that thing", "black ##SNIPPED##".
This really caught me off guard having growing up in the state right next door.
Sure there was racism in NM. But not like I see it in AZ.
The police in Albuquerque will pull you over and harass you no matter what you look like.
The police in AZ pull you over, they are looking for dark people.
I was clearly speeding, got pulled over. Police ask for my license. I show him. He looks at it for a second. Let's me go.
I am a guy of "Hispanic" decent. But I'm light skinned.
I hate the word "Hispanic". But that's a whole other topic.
Well anyway. My wife and I just had a baby. And while at the hospital I had to ring a doorbell to get back on the floor to get back to my wife's
After ringing the bell and waiting for a while for them to let me in, the door finally opened.
As I walked passed the nurses station and the nurse says to me " Sorry about that, the way the light was hitting you, you looked "Hispanic".
I was like " but I am Hispanic?"
She didn't say anything more.
Down here "Hispanic" means "Dark Mexican"
In Albuquerque , a lot of us are pure Spanish or like me Spanish, Greek, Jew.
It's so off putting I want to move back home or to a different state to work.
Anyone else in northern AZ have similar stories?
Just wanted to add that this is not a rant. I originally posted this in General Chit Chat. A mod moved it here.
I'm not mad. I'm not ranting.
Just observing the way it is here in AZ and wanted to know if anyone else experienced things like this.
edit on 27-8-2012 by Frankenchrist because: (no reason given)