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Thread: How common is REAL racial integration?

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    How common is REAL racial integration?

    I'm talking about a voluntary integration if you will. What I mean by that is; do you voluntarily hang around people who have a different skin complexion than you?

    It seems everytime a story hits surrounding scandal, murder, theft, etc, and there are 2 or more races involved it ALWAYS turns into a race issue, and the real issue up for debate gets forgotten. I grew up on military bases around the world. I had hispanic friends, white firends, black friends, korean friends and the list goes on. If I ever felt uncomfortable around anyone it was due to their PERSONALITY not their race. I attend a multicultural church and my husband and I are different races. What I want to know is how common voluntary integration is? Maybe I just grew up fortunate.
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    Re: How common is REAL racial integration?

    Yeah, it's always about personality or interests for me. I make friends with whoever is available and shares common interest and has an agreeable personality.

    But the thing about racial integration is that America is still largely segregated, so you might not be able to make friends with folks of other races depending on what kinda neighborhood you live in.
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    Re: How common is REAL racial integration?

    I have zero issues with associating myself with any ethnicity group, it just so happens I don't have many friends who are minorities. It's just circumstantially related to where I live, work, and spend my free time.

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    Re: How common is REAL racial integration?

    Quote Originally Posted by Hare View Post
    I have zero issues with associating myself with any ethnicity group, it just so happens I don't have many friends who are minorities. It's just circumstantially related to where I live, work, and spend my free time.
    This I can understand, if you live in a predominantly white or black neighborhood, it's obvious most of your friends would consist of that.

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    Re: How common is REAL racial integration?

    no vote
    so what else is new
    I have no friends, well maybe one or two....hard to say, define "friend".
    When I was working, I would not allow a man's skin color to be a determinate.
    People like me cannot be pickers and choosers(personality disorder,etc)

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    Re: How common is REAL racial integration?

    Quote Originally Posted by Hare View Post
    I have zero issues with associating myself with any ethnicity group, it just so happens I don't have many friends who are minorities. It's just circumstantially related to where I live, work, and spend my free time.
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    Re: How common is REAL racial integration?

    I used to have a very diverse group of "friends" (people I hung out with) - white, black, Asian, Latino, men, women, heterosexuals, homosexuals, rich, poor, etc. Now, I'm a family man who works a lot. So, my closest friends are really my wife and kids. And, the most diverse trait of my "friends" are their ages - they range from about 25-80.

    Now, my "friends" (people I hang out with) - are mostly white guys from work, church, or the gym (the gym is the location of a fairly diverse group of friends as I regularly play sports with the same group of guys - married, single, different races, different ages). And, my family's closest friends are other other families. Admittedly, I live in a smaller town with a pretty big average economic disparity between the races.

    Don't get me wrong, I still have many diverse acquaintances who I respect very much, I just have the most in common with families. And, most of them are white.
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    Re: How common is REAL racial integration?

    Quote Originally Posted by herenow1 View Post
    I'm talking about a voluntary integration if you will. What I mean by that is; do you voluntarily hang around people who have a different skin complexion than you?
    Well, I don't *avoid* people with different skin complexion than me...but it does seem that most of my friends are white or Asian (I'm white), simply due to the circles I travel in and the activities I'm interested in.

    It seems everytime a story hits surrounding scandal, murder, theft, etc, and there are 2 or more races involved it ALWAYS turns into a race issue, and the real issue up for debate gets forgotten. I grew up on military bases around the world. I had hispanic friends, white firends, black friends, korean friends and the list goes on. If I ever felt uncomfortable around anyone it was due to their PERSONALITY not their race. I attend a multicultural church and my husband and I are different races. What I want to know is how common voluntary integration is? Maybe I just grew up fortunate.
    Here in the DC area, it seems to not be very common. Virtually all the white people in the District live in the northwest quadrant, and most of the black/Hispanic people live in the other three quadrants. This applies to schools too...white parents are much more likely to send their kids to school in Maryland or Virginia, or to private schools in the District, whereas the DC Public Schools mostly serve black and Hispanic students. The segregation isn't codified any more, but there is definitely a de facto segregation of the races...and I suspect that this isn't unique to DC, but is applicable to many/most big cities.
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    Re: How common is REAL racial integration?

    I think that it is actually more a matter of class than it is a matter of race. It seems to me that very wealthy whites are likely to live their lives mostly around other very wealthy whites--since there are way fewer wealthy minorities, they will simply have less contact with minorities in general--I'm thinking primarily of private school culture (and while there is some integration in those environments, generally they are overwhelmingly homogenous). In urban areas, Poverty is often very racially divided, and the same with rural areas (its just that the people in these environments tend to be different races, separated by other factors.)

    What's interesting is that in semi-rural/sub-suburban areas, integration is becoming a very common thing. I grew up in an area that is a smallish mountain city in Northern VA, and it is surprisingly integrated (even if it is a bit quirky) in the lower middle class. The wealthy folks there are still overwhelmingly white, and tend to stick to their own circles. But things are getting interesting for us commoners.

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    Re: How common is REAL racial integration?

    I hate and refuse to associate with stupid people, which pretty much makes me a mysanthrope. Ergo, it is impossible for me to either "integrate" or be racist.
    I'm already gearing up for Finger Vote 2014.

    Just for reference, means my post was a giant steaming pile of sarcasm.

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