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  •  Well, I don't disagree with you as far as the (30+ / 0-)

    really disturbing data, but one thing that gets forgotten is that the South is not a monolith and has always had progressive Meccas. The other thing to keep in mind is that the South has a significantly higher percentage of AA's in its population than the rest of the country. And, in recent years, blacks have migrated back to the South in significant numbers. This isn't because they're stupid. I'm a white lady, but it doesn't take a rocket scientist to see that black communities have been pushed out as Northern cities have gentrified. Racism is structural. If black communities aren't allowed to thrive in the North and elsewhere, and there are more deeply entrenched black communities in the South, then it's perfectly reasonable for many blacks to feel like they are living better lives in the South.

    Again, I'm a white lady, so I can only speak to what I've read and heard and seen and not to what I've experienced. But I don't buy it that blacks are naive to Southern racism. Southern racism isn't that subtle. Neither, however, are the stop and frisk policies in NYC. It is certainly possible that day to day harassment is worse in Northern cities than in the South, even as the South is horrifically racist on other fronts.

    •  Yes my sister says the same thing, living in the (8+ / 0-)

      south for 30 yrs but growing up in the north.  She says part of the problem is some of the southern whites she knows cannot get past the civil right and live in the past.
      She says racism is more overt and she is outspoken against it.  She says her suburban Atlanta is very multicultural and diverse and she is a white teacher at a school where most of the staff is African American or Lation and the student body represents 30 different ethnic groups.

      She wants to retire back here in PA but we both say she will miss the diversity of the town where she currently lives in Georgia because it is so multicultural and 60 pct African American. The key administrators are black as are most of the top students receiving academic scholarships.

      Interestingly it is the Afrcian American teachers who hold the doctoral degrees and the African American parents who are professors, doctors, lawyers more so than the white parents.

      She only wants to retire in the north because I am her closest living relative , now that our parents and a good bit of our family are deceased. But I told her she will encounter covert racism and denial of racism here..she says it is more overt in other suburbs of Atlanta and she finds that easier to confront and tell off people than when it is covert.

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      by wishingwell on Sat Mar 16, 2013 at 09:32:15 AM PDT

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