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Odd One Out

  1. Jun 24, 2008 #1
    Odd One Out....

    I'm going to be moving soon. Since I work nights and generally sleep during office hours my roomie has been the one taking care of finding a place and I have no idea what the area we are moving into is like. One of the places we drove over to look at was in a neighborhood where, it seemed, we would have been the only white people who lived there. I'm wondering if the place he has us scheduled to be putting a deposit on later this week is similar.

    Has anyone here ever lived someplace where you were the only person of your race/culture in the area? Did it make you uncomfortable? and did you have any problems while you were living there?

    The idea makes me a bit uncomfortable. I feel like I would be intruding to some degree. And I have been treated poorly based on my race/culture enough to be a bit paranoid about that aswell.
     
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  3. Jun 25, 2008 #2
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    Is that an issue to you? Where do you live now? How much diversity is there? I was the only white kid on my street when I lived in Pittsburgh.. I never had any issues.
    Maybe you should let that go.. I think any person alive could make an argument fort that.
     
  4. Jun 25, 2008 #3
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    I'm the only mathematician in my neighborhood. Last night they burned a plus sign on my yard.
     
  5. Jun 25, 2008 #4
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    Jesus, that had me rolling...
     
  6. Jun 25, 2008 #5
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    If you are worried about crime, then look at the crime stats for the neighborhood.

    Other than that, I find that social class is more of a factor then race. If everyone is riding sub-100$ bicycles and you fly past them in spandex and a road bike, you will attract some unwelcome attention. Same as "does your car fit in with the others?", etc
     
  7. Jun 25, 2008 #6

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    :rofl: <snort> :rofl:
     
  8. Jun 25, 2008 #7
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    Have you asked your room mate about it? I have lived in several areas where I was the only person of my race. While everyone was nice to me, it was very clear I didn't fit in, I understand your concern.
     
  9. Jun 25, 2008 #8

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    I went to one year of high school in a school that was about 90% non-white. I had a little apprehension at first - I had heard rumors that white kids get beat up in the bathrooms. But it was fine, no one bothered me...on the other hand, no one talked to me, either :rolleyes: .
     
  10. Jun 25, 2008 #9
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    I was the only male in two small apt. buildings each time---that turned out well both times.

    yeah--check the crime data, or hang around the area and ask the people who are there.
     
  11. Jun 25, 2008 #10

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    I think it's a good experience. When you're living in a predominantly white neighborhood, and the first non-white moves in, you'll understand the awkward feeling and will have something immediately in common with that person to help make them feel more welcome to alleviate those concerns.

    I haven't lived any place where that was an issue; usually I choose fairly diverse communities to live in, just because it means other things are nearby that I enjoy, such as ethnic grocery stores or a variety of summer festivals. The closest I got was when I was a high school student and visiting colleges, my hostess for a weekend event at the college I ended up attending was living in the Africana house, which while not a requirement for residency there, primarily attracted African-American women to reside there. So, I spent a weekend as the only white woman in a house of about 30 women. The high school friend who visited with me, and wound up staying in a different dorm, was more worried about it than I was. I found it to be a wonderfully fun experience. These women were more than willing to talk about African heritage and their experiences with racism, which was all very enlightening. Since it was blatantly obvious I was the visitor in the house, if there was even a moment that I was sitting around without something to do because my hostess had homework or studying or something else to do, it wasn't long before someone else came along to talk to me or asking if I needed anything or offered to show me around some other place on campus. The kindness of those women was a large part of my decision to attend that college over my other choices.

    Really, what are you worried is going to happen? They're going to look at you and your roommates and say, "Oh, geez, have you seen those white guys that moved in? There goes the neighborhood!"
     
  12. Jun 25, 2008 #11
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    It's not so much an issue for me but that I am worried it may be an issue for my neighbors.

    I don't care about the crime. It's Long Beach and I know there is plenty of crime there. I don't have much worth worrying anyone might steal it.

    I have had people mess with me and treat me poorly because I am white. I've especially had people accuse me of being, and treat me as if I were, racist. Fortunately that's mostly at my job and probably primarily because I am a psuedo authority figure telling them what to do.

    I think it will be fairly mixed, which will be fine, but I know there are areas where almost everyone is black and/or hispanic. And being the 'LBZ' there are plenty of 'gangstas' and 'vatos'. While I rarely have issues with even the 'thug' types I'm sure it would be an entirely different situation if my roomie and I were the only two white boys living in their neighborhood.
     
  13. Jun 25, 2008 #12

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    What's LBZ?

    Living in a predominantly minority neighborhood is one thing; living where there are active gangs is completly different. I used to live in Tacoma, WA. When I moved there it was a beautiful and racially mixed neighborhood; when the gangs took over, it was chaos - they terrorized the place.

    Why does your roomie want to live there, anyway?
     
  14. Jun 25, 2008 #13
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    Well, I should hope so.. :rofl:
     
  15. Jun 25, 2008 #14
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    It's a slang reference to Long Beach CA popularized by Snoop Dogg and Sugar Ray. Long Beach used to be a hot bed of gang activity but that has fortunately turned around in the last ten years. There are still thugs but most of them are wannabes.

    My friend works near there and doesn't have a car. It's one of the only places we can afford to live. He wants to be near LA because he wants to be a singer and wants to be near the industry center. Also we both like alot of what the area has to offer. It's mostly a rather nice place with lots of character and interesting places to go. People there aren't uptight and snobbish.
     
  16. Jun 26, 2008 #15
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    I saw the place today and it definitely looks like we are going to be the only two wetos in the barrio. lol
     
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