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  •  Of course, those from away may not realize (5+ / 0-)

    that while Maine has an international border that is 983 miles long (ranked 3rd amongst all states), that border is with Canada, a country not known to have a large number of non-whites.

    Form follows function -- Louis Sullivan

    by Spud1 on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 07:41:04 AM PST

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    •  Well, that's not really true. (13+ / 0-)

      Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver -- tremendously diverse cities. By some measures, Toronto is one of the most culturally diverse cities on earth. And Halifax has one of the oldest African diasporic communities in North America.

      One of our national broadcasting anchors is a South Asian-Canadian heartthrob, for heaven's sake.

      I mean, don't get me wrong. There are a lot of white people in Canada, too. But I think we need to get away from this stereotype of Canada as a cluster of United Empire Loyalists huddled in their log cabins, wearing Mountie uniforms.

      Nothing requires a greater effort of thought than arguments to justify the rule of non-thought. -- Milan Kundera

      by Dale on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 08:44:45 AM PST

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      •  Also remember a lot of loylists were slaves (3+ / 0-)
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        who fought for the British in exchange for their freedom.  They fled north with the all other loyalists.

        Link to the heritage minute.

      •  Point taken (2+ / 0-)
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        ...but Maine doesn't share a border with any large, diverse Canadian cities; it's surrounded by rural Quebec and New Brunswick.

        Outside of Quebec City, Montreal, & Fredericton most of the faces are white (or as they put it up there, are "not a visible minority"). NB is about 98% white (with First Nations/Métis people making up most of the balance)...in other words, they look pretty much like the folks on this side of the border, and often sound like 'em too!

        If there's anywhere in Canada that looks like the stereotypical English/Irish/Scottish/French cabin-dweller, it's in the provinces near Maine.

        "When did it fall apart? Sometime in the '80s / When the great and the good gave way to the greedy and the mean." - Billy Bragg

        by Vacationland on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 09:50:00 AM PST

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        •  You're absolutely right. (3+ / 0-)
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          I just didn't want people going away with the impression that it's a monoculture north of the 49th parallel.

          Nothing requires a greater effort of thought than arguments to justify the rule of non-thought. -- Milan Kundera

          by Dale on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 10:01:03 AM PST

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