TopLaw_Diva wrote: Other25BeforeYou wrote: biggamejames wrote:
A'nold wrote:Hmmm....yeah, I guess op did list southern schools. I just find it weird that there is all this "racial tension" out there still. I grew up in an area where there really wasn't much outward racism (on the whole) but it was CONSTANTLY brought up in school and with progressive/liberal kinds of groups in college. They acted like they were on the front lines of the civil rights movement or something and were entirely over PC about everything. I guess it might have caused me to become a little bit jaded on the subject like people are just causing problems where none exist. It's like people in the South and other parts of the country have to deal with REAL racism and the people where I'm from kind of diminish the severity of those that really struggle with this by being like, "how dare you say the word "black", it's African American you racist!" to some white kid that has like 10 black friends that all told him they prefer to be called "black" lol. That's the kind of "racism" I grew up with.
Racism is definitely not
just a Southern thing. Try to get a white, upper-class East Coaster to go with you into even the safe parts of Harlem or West Philly and see what happens.
Or go into rural parts of the northeast. I live about an hour from Ithaca, and grew up riding the school bus with high school members of the KKK. Yes, the Klan is still active in the northeast. Yes, we have plenty of racism up here.
Hold on you can't be serious...are they active near Cornell? Now you got me all scared...then again I'm thinking I wish a you know what would...
In light of the prominent place anti-Indian groups like Upstate Citizens for Equality hold in the Finger Lakes Region, I wouldn't be surprised if there was cross-over into other racist groups, such as the KKK. My kids and I went for a drive a few weeks back and counted no less than 100 anti-NDN lawn and road signs in our two hour trek around Cayuga Lake.
The KKK has always had a large following in Northern states - in 1924, a KKK picnic in downtown Portland attracted over 20,000 people. However, in Maine, the bigotry was focused not on AAs, but on French-Canadian, Irish and Maine Indian groups and individuals - there weren't enough AAs in Maine for the bigots to really care. The same for many rural Northern areas with significant KKK support - it's the most prevalent "Other" which is the target, the one they fear the most. In Central New York these days, local Iroquois seeking to re-establish their treaty rights seem to take the cake.