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    Segregation

    I feel like this is much more prevalent in cities in the Southern US...what do you think? What are your experiences? Here we have a "white" Kroger and a "black" Kroger, a "white" Wal-Mart and a "black" Wal-Mart- it is an unspoken thing but everyone knows which is which. There is also a distinct line downtown that separates where the white people live and the black people live. There are black suburbs and there are white suburbs. Then there is this one neighborhood that is 90% Indians (meaning people from India lol,. not Native Americans). Obviously people will mix it up it a little bit, but these generalizations hold true for the most part (and I'm aware that the causes are likely more socioeconomic than racial). It was the same in a few other cities I've lived in in the South. When I've visited cities in the Northern US, everywhere seems much more integrated.
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    Oh yeah, the east side of my town is the black side, the west side is the white side. My high school was mostly white (and Asian). There's a student/white Walmart and two black Walmarts. Everyone knows it and white people rarely venture to the east side. There are more and more black people in my neighborhood, which is fine but kind of weird because growing up, there were literally none.

    I guess it is a Southern thing, but I don't really know because I've only been to Northern states to visit my family, and most of my family is pretty well off. So their towns are mostly rich white people anyway.

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    It's not too terribly bad here, although we have a part of town that every one calls "little Mexico", where mostly hispanics live. There's hispanic grocery stores and little mexican "mom and pop" restaurants and whatnot there. But rich, white ladies go to those stores to be 'cultured' or whatever.
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    There are very few black people where I live in Canada (mostly just white people and asian people) but even if there was a more substantial black population, I don't think it would be like that... lol. I think that's pretty weird for 2012, but then again I live in a very liberal, multicultural place.
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    idk about segregated grocery stores, but i went to tunica a few weeks ago and went to a few casinos, and Ballys was 100% black people. It was funny to be there.

    Edit-there is an area mostly full of mexicans here, lots of areas with all black people, white areas, and idk where the asians hang out.. But I have to deal with them all day everyday.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BeautyandtheGeek♥ View Post
    There is nothing like that here. Everyone is totally integrated and I think I'd be disgusted to live somewhere that wasn't. I can't imagine there ever being certain stores etc to go to for being white, that seems completely ridiculous. It's 2012 for goodness sake.
    You don't go to a "white store" because it's a white store. You go to it because it's closer to where you live. Which happens to be mostly white.

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    There's an asian supermarket in town that sells asian groceries. I mainly shop there because I like to eat asian food. Not as a divide/segregation type thing.

    We don't really have that here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SmokingGun View Post
    There are very few black people where I live in Canada (mostly just white people and asian people) but even if there was a more substantial black population, I don't think it would be like that... lol. I think that's pretty weird for 2012, but then again I live in a very liberal, multicultural place.
    Same.
    In my city it's not the black Krogers or Wal-Mart, it's the native Superstore and Wal-Mart.

    Is it more acceptable to call natives "indians" in America? Though I don't consider it offensive, if you were to call a native an indian where I live they would put you in the hospital

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    Yes, it is very segregated here. I live in a small, conservative Texas city for college. However, where I grew up it wasn't as bad.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Albi View Post
    Same.
    In my city it's not the black Krogers or Wal-Mart, it's the native Superstore and Wal-Mart.

    Is it more acceptable to call natives "indians" in America? Though I don't consider it offensive, if you were to call a native an indian where I live they would put you in the hospital
    No one says "natives" here, and no one calls them "Indians" to their faces. Well, maybe some people do, but I wouldn't call it acceptable. We're supposed to call them "Native Americans." Natives has always sounded rude to me, almost like savages or something.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BeautyandtheGeek♥ View Post
    There is nothing like that here. Everyone is totally integrated and I think I'd be disgusted to live somewhere that wasn't. I can't imagine there ever being certain stores etc to go to for being white, that seems completely ridiculous. It's 2012 for goodness sake.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Joy View Post
    You don't go to a "white store" because it's a white store. You go to it because it's closer to where you live. Which happens to be mostly white.
    I don't know...some places are very close geographically yet the same disparity exists. Certain "white" areas around here do not have any public transportation which is a factor as well. I think they do it on purpose. If you don't have a car there are some malls and shopping centers that you just will not be able to get to. Regardless, it does feel uncomfortable to be in the minority somewhere. I go to a few of the "black" stores sometimes because I like to check out the clearance racks everywhere (lol) and it does feel a little weird. They probably feel the same way.

    Quote Originally Posted by BeautyandtheGeek♥ View Post
    There is nothing like that here. Everyone is totally integrated and I think I'd be disgusted to live somewhere that wasn't. I can't imagine there ever being certain stores etc to go to for being white, that seems completely ridiculous. It's 2012 for goodness sake.
    Do you have a significant minority population? But yea, other countries definitely don't have the same extent of racial issues lol.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Joy View Post
    No one says "natives" here, and no one calls them "Indians" to their faces. Well, maybe some people do, but I wouldn't call it acceptable. We're supposed to call them "Native Americans." Natives has always sounded rude to me, almost like savages or something.
    I don't see how adding Americans makes it sound any better. However, I can see how pluralizing nationalities can make them sound worse. Example,
    "I met some Russians today" sounds less nice than "I met some Russian people today"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Albi View Post
    I don't see how adding Americans makes it sound any better. However, I can see how pluralizing nationalities can make them sound worse. Example,
    "I met some Russians today" sounds less nice than "I met some Russian people today"
    I didn't say it made sense lol

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    I don't see that in Memphis. I don't go to the grocery store close to me because it's ghetto, but it's still like half and half race wise. So I go to one in a nicer part of town, which is also like half and half. I live in Memphis.
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