Racism issues in small towns
To start this hub I want to let anyone who reads it know that I am in no way racist. I see people beyond gender orientation, color etc. It's how I was raised. So please no one take this to offense in anyway. I'm simply using this hub to point out some facts that I've noticed in the small mountain town that I live in.
I live in the North Georgia Mountains. Originally I'm from Ohio. I'm use to diverse cultures, races, gender orientations, gay and lesbians. So nothing really shocks me. But last year when I moved to this small mountain town I was surprised to learn that we had no African American people that live here. And if they do, you rarely ever see them. I'm sure this is true in many small southern states. But I don't know about them. All I know is what I see here.
The town I live in is deeply rooted in people who have literally lived here all their lives. African Americans are not part of this deeply rooted community. When an African American or even a Mexican or Guatemalan walks into any place people literally stop and stare. Some even shout insults. It shocks me beyond belief. This is something I'm not use to nor am I happy with. But I know that living in this town all I can do is bite my tongue. I am never going to change the way the older generation thinks or acts nor am I going to change the way the kids my age see these other people as well. To hate another race or a gay or lesbian is what they were taught and what they know. And to myself it is just depressing.
One case in point : I dated a young man when I first moved here last year. He lived a town over so I spent a lot of time at this place and with his family. (Which are very backwoods kinda people) One day in particular I went with his step-mother to the store. Just an everyday outing to get some things. We pull up and there is a van full of African Americans. Her first words were to the effect "Where did they come from." and "I think they took a wrong turn" It was all I could do to keep the shock showing all over my face. I simply asked "What do you mean?" She turns and looks at me like I just asked the ultimate wrong question. And simply stated that "They don't belong here and they need to go back to where they came from." I about died right where I stood! I couldn't believe that someone could be so closed minded about a family that they didn't even know! Judging them soley on the color of their skin instead of who they were as people.
One more case in point : Just this past Friday night actually, The police were called to the local bar here in town. A 911 call was dispatched of a "black man standing in the parking lot" I kid you not, someone called the cops because a "black" man was standing outside the bar that he had been in all night talking on his cell phone. And yes the police did respond to the call. What happened I don't know. But I do know that they "man" they were called about did come into my place of work later that night to eat. Though he didn't mention it, the cops that come in EVERY night to eat were all talking about it! Like they have never seen a "black man" before! Again SHOCK!
I'm in awe and in bafflement in this small town and all the closed mindedness. How can people judge when they don't know the facts? It's bothersome to say the least. But all I can do is make the people who come into where I work as comfortable as possible and let them know that I'm not like the others in this small town. It's hard to do I know. Espically when they expect the people in this small town to act they way they do.
What are your thoughts and opinions on this matter? Please be respectful in your comments as others are going to differ in their opinions. Thanks