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  •  Y'know (4+ / 0-)

    If I were a black person living in an almost-all white town in Maine, I probably would not shop or go to church or hang out in the lily white town center; I would drive a bit further so that I could find stores that stocked foods I liked and churches that weren't morgues.

    I base this on my experience as a hippie/yuppie living in a small country town for a while.  I almost never went to the town grocery stores.  They just didn't have a decent variety of interesting ethnic food components, their meat was kinda iffy and their cashiers were really rude.  I went to the drug store near my work for medications, since they were on the way home and had much shorter lines and didn't have rude pharmacists.

    I didn't have a kid in the local school, and I wasn't a churchgoer.  Pretty much the only thing I bought in my local town was gas and ice cream from the local ice cream store.

    •  Actually (4+ / 0-)

      it's not uncommon to see the occasional black person shopping in supermarkets in rural areas. Everybody behaves themselves, and the merchants are glad to have their money.

      If they want ethnic food and they want to purchase it at an ethnic-owned shop, they might have to drive a long, long way if they live in some of the more rural areas. Some people live hours even from the nearest hospital.  But to be honest, the supermarket chains up here have much better variety than they used to, and I suspect it is the same even in rural areas.

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