Top 10 Least Racist States in the U.S.
California is very diverse and racism is rarely in your face here. It's mostly Asian, Mexican, and white here. I know few Native Americans and black people
I am originally from New York and moved to California in high school. I will say that California is probably the least racist state in America. This is based on a comparison to most of the states in the US. Racism does exist here, but it is not a prominent as in New York, Florida, Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania (ooh ooh), Boston, Texas (thumbs down), Georgia, etc. The hate scale is rarely used here. It is true that most races have a good general respect and I must say that I have met a good number of people from diverse backgrounds who have a real sense of what the world should be like. We (Californians) do not necessarily tolerate ignorance in general. It's the opposite here. The people who talk prejudice are looked at like they are not normal... And it's probably because it shouldn't be. I have considered moving out of state because the exaggerated cost of homes and rents but... I know that there is no place like California. Trust me, race relations is a stressful thing to deal ...more
I have to agree highly with this one. California is probably one of the most ethnically diverse states in the U.S. The college I go to, which is Riverside University, is filled with people of different races, mostly white, black, Mexican, and Asian. Racism does exist, and I've seen many examples of it, but it's not common here. I'm also glad to see that so many young people here aren't hateful. They show others true respect, no matter what color their skin is. Some of my friends have racist parents, but they pay no mind to their bickering, and I deeply appreciate that. All the young people out here who have no intent on being prejudiced will definitely play a big part for the future for sunny southern Cali.
I have an Uncle who is married and who's lived in Orange County (Anaheim) since the mid-1960's. We are a mixed race family and his wife is white. He retired about 15 years ago as a chair of a department at a prominent university there. They love California, and raised their children there. While they've heard people express views that were a bit ignorant, it is rare and most people openly rebuke such ideas. My Uncle appears to be white, but lets everyone know he is mixed when race discussions come up. I've always wanted to live in California - advanced ideas regarding green living, culture, the arts, education, health and fitness in the forefront of every day life. No city is perfect I imagine, but I'm extremely tired of people who hate. No decent person should have to live near them or have their lives cheapened because of their lack of character.
I see many comments on here about Texas from people who are not here. I have lived in both San Antonio and Houston, and traveled all over texas. TRUE Texans are accepting of people of color, and diversity of ideas. The hate for Texas is incredibly unwarranted. I work for the Texas state basketball team. When we get an out of state player, I often ask them how their race relation experience in Texas has been since they've moved here.
Many times they say that Texans are incredibly welcoming, especially compared to where they are from. we talk to everyone the same here, we don't do things just because we don't want to be seen as racist, we do it because it's just normal.
I've been to New York, Florida, Nevada and California, and I must say there was much more racial tension there than there is here. People think that we hold the same values as Pre civil rights and civil war south, but in many ways texas has left that well in the past.
Yes there is isolated racial incidents, but ...more
I've lived here my whole life and although we love racist jokes, we all go back and fourth in them and love each other for it. If you are ignoring someone's race, you are trying too hard. We don't do that because we love adressing them instead. Most Texans are not truly racist, just love racist jokes. Ask any black, Mexican, or Asian person in Texas that has lived here all their life.
Conservatism does not equal racism and much of the southern racism that was rampant in the early 1960's and before has long been covered up, reconsidered by the people who were racist, and to a large extent simply died off with time. Often we judge by stereotypes and don't look at the true statistics. Open your minds.
I've lived in Texas for 2 years (Northern part which is Arlington city), and I'm Asian (Vietnamese), I've never experienced racism from Whites, the only racism I got was from Mexicans and Blacks, most of White people here are friendly and if they don't like me, they'll ignore me, they don't do anything to me.
LEAST racist - so far I'd have to say no place I've been, or tried to get a job in, with my higher education and dark skin. That is my criteria. So I guess I'd have to vote for Hawaii on this one because even though I only visited my now-late-uncle there for a little while in the 80's, it seems that since dark-skinned Native Hawaiian Islanders/Pacific Islanders are the majority there and if it's true that they "hold all the cards" then that would make Hawaii the LEAST racist state for a dark-skinned Choctaw Indian with a higher education. Every other state I've been to or lived in or tried to get a job in, it seems, I get treated like "uneducated, "black" trash" when they see me and wind up not getting the job I came for and looked perfectly fine for on paper and even over the phone in the telephone interview - but when they see me, it's, "um, er, uh..." some lame excuse for something and then I never hear from them again.
In all fairness any poll asking people which is the ...more
LEAST racist state? As someone with brown skin and multiple higher education degrees, I haven't found one yet. Well... Maybe Hawaii. Hawaiian/Pacific Islanders look like me and if they really do "hold all the cards" there, then that would be my answer. I would say "New Mexico" but there's rampant racism against Native Americans there, and there too people treat this Choctaw Indian like "black" so, no, can't vote for New Mexico. The first state where I can go and NOT get treated like a race I'm not, and get and KEEP the job I'm qualified for based on my education, will get my vote. Notice that I use the FUTURE tense in that sentence... So from the time I've spent in Hawaii visiting my now-late uncle, I'll vote for Hawaii on this one.
As a Hawaiian, unfortunately, racism does occur here. If you are a person of color, you won't have a problem here. But oddly enough, people of the white descent are often bashed. Although it is not common, the locals are just sensitive to the history and tension we have to white people. It is mostly the lack of respect the two cultures have towards each other most of the time. In other words, if you're respectful, the locals will be too.
I am mixed and believe I look Hawaiian. It's the only place I was able to live in where I felt I belonged. I was stationed there in the military and had to leave to go to Ft. Meade, MD. Because I don't look black, I don't feel like I"m treated fairly here. The cast system is white, black, and then other. Even though I"m highly educated and an Air Force veteran, I've never been employed in Maryland. I've always tried to get a job near where I lived, but was always rejected. I eventually had to get a job in VA even though I had a Top Secret clearance.
Maryland is one of those states where racism is not tolerated. The police force here is somewhat biased and racist but this is all be cause of a lack of adequate training and just hiring the wrong people. I love Maryland and would say it is the ideal place to raise a family. Now, its an expensive state but you get what you pay for. Housing holds its value and there is generally an acceptance by all. I think the only divisions seen here are economic (financial). After visiting several states, I would agree that Maryland ought to be at the TOP as least racist state.
I agree, Maryland is a racial friendly state. Expecially for African American. Opportunities here are like no other in surrounding states. In some Maryland cities a white person can even see what it feels like to be a minority in a white world. For example: political billboards of colored skin faces, black superintendents that don't get chased away for being to "aggressive", financially secure professional blacks in a luxury car that was not bought with drug money, black business owners...there are more opportunities offered to minorities in this state.
Maryland is indeed friendly. I've lived in California Maryland for a few years but in Maryland close to 30 years. I've noticed however in California, racism exists and it's truly shocking. Minorities racist against minorities. In Maryland you will see some of the wealthiest African Americans in the U.S. overall you can't choose better when it comes to cultural awareness, job opportunities.. and much more..
MD, especially the suburbs around DC & Baltimore are very diverse and tolerant. Ironically white flight is the main cause of this tolerance because any racially conscious Marylander knows the racist people are moving to the very rural Eastern Shore & Western MD because blacks & Hispanics are gaining wealth and moving to the (previously all white) DC/Bmore suburbs. But in totality it's a great state to live in for any lifestyle or demographic.
I have lived in Arizona for over 30 years. Came here as a kid and this is most certainly a very racist state! I am biracial married to a white man with two children. My son has been stopped by police for no reason other than profiling. My son was coming home from work in a uniform and yet was accused of looking like a gang member. The people moving here are ignorant confederate flag waving frightening people. I dispise this state. Comments made by others are mean and filled with hate here. I miss the kindness and diversity in California. If I could afford it my family would be out of this state yesterday!
I have lived in Arizona longer than any other state. Let me preface by saying that there really is no such thing as an Arizonan. Yes. There are some native born. Most are not. Arizona has historically had a large Native American and Hispanic population. Most white Arizona residents do not identify with Arizona...they come heavily from California, Ohio, Illinois, Minnesota, Wisconsin, New York and Michigan. They bring their racism with them. You have a lot of old Archie Bunker types that gripe and complain and vote for people like Arpaio. The racism is more subtle, not overt. Arizona is not the problem. It is the ignorant boss or supervisor from Cedar Rapids who has never dealt with blacks, hispanics, native Americans or Asians and then behaves arrogantly and votes at a local level that reflects badly on the state.
Born and raised. Racist? Not openly but AZ rescinded the MLK in 1987 and decided by then governor Evan Mecham that King wasn't worthy of a holiday.. Then in 2010 Governor Jan Brewer made SB-1070. Never heard of it? Look it up, we are the ONLY state to have it. Basically harassing anyone who looks Hispanic and up until 2013, was deporting Mexicans back to Mexico by the bus load. Also, Governor Jan Brewer famously "wags her finger" in President Obama's face on the tarmac at our Sky Harbor Airport the moment he got off the plane. We are close to California, so we pride ourselves on being a pretty booming metropolitan city, and we are. We are also next door to Texas and we have VERY conservative, republican ideals. Besides Florida, we have the most senior citizens. Meaning old, racist, neo-con, Fox News watching whites who retired here to escape color... ALL color. But we are NOT racist like the south. We are too progressive for that. Phoenix is nice, all of Maricopa is. Even Tucson, the ...more
Arizona is not the problem. It's the racist white folks that move here from the midwest that set the racist tone.
Lived here 3 yrs..I'm from the caribbean...never experienced an ounce of racism here in the 3 yrs I been here. My wife is white...never had any nastly looks or smart comments. Everyone here is very accommodating friendly. Yes Montana is predominantly white...there are a lot blacks I came across moving from TX and Cali, Colorado. I like it here...colder than I like but I cannot complain.
Well myself Asian, I see there no racist in Montana... Montana people are very friendly!
I went to Missoula to go visit the College. There were wonderful people there and no sign of racism.
Washington is probably the least racist state. For many decades it's been a mecca for mixed-race marriages; mixed-race couples and their children are safest and most accepted here. Racism is not tolerated here.
On the socially conservative rural East side of the state they hate, hate, hate the liberal urban West side of the state (split by the Cascade mountain range), and that includes hatred of the imaginary black "welfare queens" of Fox News lore that they imagine are swarming all over Seattle, but that doesn't translate to racism toward real black people they encounter personally on the East side.
I live in Washington. I'm just gonna be honest. Some people here aren't racist at all. Some people definitely are. (like *cough* Donald *cough* Grump *cough cough*)
I lived in Washington State from when I was a small child till I left for graduate school in my mid twenties. I am of Samoan-African American heritage and am PROUD of the state I am from. I do not think there is a place in this country where one could say racism does not exist. So I will not try and make that claim. In Tacoma for example, there was an event similar to that which occurred to 'Black Wall Street' in Tulsa Oklahoma, where Chinese-American's were forced out of their homes, murdered, and their business destroyed, all by white residents. And while most of that sentiment is in the past, it does linger. Like it does in the rest of the country. However, through the years racial relations and the incorporation of minority community influence have only improved. Once could reference the lives of Jimi Hendrix, Bruce Lee, or Carlos Bulosan as examples of minority success during years plagued with racial strife in the rest of the country. Once could reference the influence and ...more
Seattle Washington is THE best place to raise a family. I was born and raised on the Eastside and have always been respected. I am Filippino American and I love living here. The people are awesome, so much diversity and it's just beautiful. I have three children and one goes to private school, she is well liked considering the school is not ethnically diverse. I have another daughter that goes to public school and she is also well liked and cared for by her teachers. I a have a little son who has made good friends with a neighbor's little son who lives up the street from me and that family is white. The neighborhood that I live in is predominantly whites with a few minorities sprinkled in and we get along GREAT! I would never want move from this state unless I'm going to move somewhere internationally like... Bali!
I lived in New York most of my life and have seen people's lives destroyed because of racist legislative policies in regards to the courts and the police and their tactics. The poor and minorities are singled out for intimidation, harassment and abuse by law enforcement, especially if they happen to live in high crime neighborhoods. Most New Yorkers don't see color unless you are in their neighborhood, that is when color becomes an issue. The racism is systemic. It is not something anyone would admit to but it's reality is found in the lack of affordable quality housing, employment and education.
While no state can claim complete racial harmony, it's true that most native New Yorkers simply don't care what race you are: problems arise from individuals mainly, and sometimes the less enlightened lump good in with bad. More problems arise from immigrants refusing to integrate: ignoring traffic/noise/overall consideration for others. They don't want to inconvenience themselves learning how to respect other culture's boundaries, which causes tension...
You never lived in the Deep south if you think New York is racist. Racism can be found anywhere but it is ingrained into the culture there. (Yes I have lived in both places) I was beaten in Texas as a child for being a "Damn Yankee" but treated well in Alabama when our car broke down. It comes down really to the individuals you come in contact with. I have met jerks in the North and South. Really, New York is not just the City and that is lost on many.
I've lived in NYC almost my whole life, I don't see why people would say is racist. Seriously? Come on people get it together haha. New York to me is the most diverse city in the world but that's just my experience. You learn so much about different cultures without needing to travel. I have friends that range anywhere from Asian to Native Americans and I'm not even joking. And for the the record, I'm Hispanic so I am a minority.
I grew up in Elk River, a city of about 24,000 in the northern edge of the twin cities metro area. It was a decently diverse city, though still probably over 80% white. Growing up, racism was thought of as an urban legend that only actually existed in the rural deep south. We didn't even know racism was real as kids. There's some places In Minnesota I can assure you there is little to no racism - the entire twin cities area (where well over 3/5 of Minnesotans live), Duluth, Rochester, Mankato, Moorhead, and just about any of the bigger cities in Minnesota. But when you venture into the small towns in northern Minnesota (for example, Moose Lake, where I lived at one point), there are plenty of rural rednecks or hicks that can be very racist, not as much to black people as to Muslims, from what I've seen. But since so few Minnesotans live in these small communities, and much less are actually racist, Minnesota definitely belongs on the list of least racist states.
I'm in a mixed relationship. I'm white and my fiance is Black. He moved here from NC and has always commented on how mixed thus state is. Even groups of friends are mixed. We have rarely encountered outward racism. We have been cursed at by young men yelling F-U to us for no other reason than seeing a Black man with a White woman - but this has only happened twice in 5 years or so. Otherwise I haven't experienced much as a mixed couple. I will say that we are remembered a lot more, because we stand out a bit.
I grew up near Minneapolis and the Western suburbs in the 80's/90's. To call it idyllic would not be exaggerating. I rarely saw or heard racism. I never encountered any issues at all when living in uptown Mpls. However, MN is huge. I lived in 3 northern MN cities closer to Fargo, and than Mpls. in the early 2000's. I heard the "n" word regularly and unapologetically in public, as well as every other racial slur you thought was no longer used. The majority of MN outside the twin cities is rural, poor, undereducated, very white and very racist. Many (rural) people are proud of their racism and feel no shame. Their idea of racial sensitivity is to ask, "do you like racist jokes? "before they go ahead and tell you one regardless of your answer.
I grew up in Minnesota for most of my life. Most people there are very friendly and open to one another. Most people in Minnesota are not racist, but there are a few pockets of ignorant folk here and there, and I guess that can't be helped. Minnesota definitely has a spot up here, though.
Been living in Vegas for fifteen years and the strip is full of everything but I'd go ahead and say that most racism in Vegas happens there as tourists bring it along with them. Locals tend to mind their own business and you will find every race living here. I was born in Los Angeles and I will go ahead and say that people were much more kept to their own races while I was living there there. In Vegas, when I started school here, I was surprised to see people of all different races getting along and if there were problems, race happened to be the least of them.
Grew up in Las Vegas. It's a melting pot. There's still a few old white people spewing dumb, but you're more likely to be pulled over for being a juggalo than just being black. The schools encourage positive diversity. I didn't see a whole lot of racism until I moved to Texas, now I'm overwhelmed with it.
Me again. Forgot to mention that I can't say anything about the rest of Nevada as most of my traveling is either to Arizona, California, or Utah. I can only speak for what it's been like in my experience here in Las Vegas.
Moved to carson city, nv from California and found this place the most racist.
Lived in mass my entire life. Undercover racism exists naturally, and as you hit deep deep subs you'll see confederate flags etc, but it's majority old folk. Boston is extremely diverse, people around the world come here, and it's amazing when you get to meet people who traveled from afar just to live here. I've lived in boston most of my life and I've experienced racism, especially when it comes to a certain school I went to as a child in Roslindale and mother experience some at her old college, and job, but after reports the institutions quickly had the racists kicked to the curb each time. Though I never experienced racism in other schools as I went through them, and honestly I feel openly empowered as a person in boston that happens to be black. The suburbs where I live now is pretty much quiet, no one really bothers one another and whenever anyone comes out everyone is kind and welcoming. Mass isn't as racist as people make it out to be honestly, of course there are going to be ...more
From personal experience, I have been to most big cities in this country and have also visited a good amount of the surrounding areas. Growing up in Queens NY you'd be surprised how much racist sentiment still pervades there and even Manhattan. While I'm sure there are racists here in MA like everywhere, since I have moved here with my husband seven years ago to be near his family (I am black he is white) I have been lucky enough not to have encountered any racial intolerance toward myself or us as a couple. (Unbelievable compared to what I'm used to when I travel.) Overall people here like NY, are intense and in your face about the silliest things, but to their credit they really seem to not give a crap about color, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, etc.
This state isn't to bad, RACISM is.everywhere but I wouldn't rate here #2 try #4. Someone didn't do their homework. #4 belongs in #2 slot. Undercover racism Is here. And most people here are shallow (try saying hi and watch the expression). Always has been the most undercover racist state on the eastcoast. Sure different ethnicity groups will mingle. But don't be surprised if you hear these words I'm not racist but I don't date out of my race. Give it another generation or two. You will find some of the best schools and hospitals here though
Very un-racist from the top down. Massachusetts is the state that produced W.E.B. Dubois and Phillis Wheatley. Schools have strong diversity programs, and the cities and the suburbs are extremely progressive. Out west there are a couple bad apples, but I've lived here two decades and I've never seen the stars and bars.
Before I moved to California, I didn't live in big towns, but have visited them. Most of Saint Petersburg is full of black people. Most of Jacksonville is full of white. But I lived in Zephyrhills, a town hardly anybody has even heard of. It's very small, and doesn't even show up on the weather channel. In fact they don't show Zephyrhills at all on the television even on channels that report the news or weather because of how small it is, but when you look up Zephyrhills Florida or loom up Zephyrhills on a weather app, it will say it actually exists. Visiting other towns in the state of Florida, people would refuse to believe Zephyrhills is an actual town because of the Zephyrhills water that was also sold. I think since I lived in a town like this, it's why I didn't have to deal with racism at all. even after moving, I've never had a racist comment in my life about me. And that is actualIy true. I've never been criticized for any of my races. If you don't want racism in Florida, move ...more
My experience is limited to Gainesville, Florida: a liberal college town. I'm Indian and have even dated white girls here. I have lots of white, black, Latin and Asian friends and haven't found even a single one of them to be even slightly racist.
I was born in raised in Vero Beach, Fl from the 90's to the 2008. I have 3 biracial nephews from my brother( we are black) we have never had a problem out right. We do get looks from the older generations like 60+ yrs old but over all it's a great place. multi-race couples/ families would have no problem in Fl for the most part. Just stay out of the sticks!
Ok ok, on the 'most racist country Florida is in sixth! ' What! I'm a black person and as I walked through, pft everyone was getting on with each other! No one was saying 'Oooh look at you your black.'. Not like Mississippi, they are really racist, when I went there a white person punched a black. So Florida for me!
Just as any place in the world we have racism whether the racial attitude is based on ethnicity, native residents, new residents, language, or many other issues, I have experienced racism, but have learned to associate with all residents or visitors as well as found Situations where I have been racist to individuals because of my own issues.
I lived in Albuquerque from 1978-1981. People were very friendly, there wasn't an African American in sight, but people were prejudice against the Mexican Americans in my high school: known as cholos. Every Friday a fight would break out involving them and they got a bad rep. However, I felt the public school system did not promote family values, and at the time there were few amenities for families near our home.
I was told by a couple that were both born and raised in NM that some animus and prejudice exists against newly-arrived Mexican immigrants from "Hispanics" that have lived in what is now considered to be NM for the past 4 centuries or more. I remember them saying that some people use the word "Mexicano" in a derogatory way. The wife was non-Hispanic White whereas the husband was White Hispanic (he's a descendent of the Spanish that claimed the territory for Spain centuries ago). The wife spoke fluent Spanish whereas the husband could barely mumble "Como estas? " by the way.
I do not know what era this is regarding, but this is not true in 2016.
Generally speaking, the West is the least bigoted part of the country. Because of the need for self reliance in our wide open country, we have been taught to judge a man by his character, not his skin. Otherwise that man might leave your bigoted ass lying there after that bear attack! But we're all human so that means that there are plenty of dumbasses. I'm a Colorado native and I didn't see or experience true racism until I left Colorado for a life in the Army. No racism in the Army, because you'll get kicked out for that, but racism in places where I was stationed. I'll stay Out West, thank you very much, I prefer the company of someone with character rather than someone who simply looks like me but is a dumbass.
Denver is pretty tolerant. However, Rural Southern Colorado such as Fremont County is among the most racist places I have ever been. Canon City was a major center for the KKK for many years and still has a KKK presence underground in town. If you are not 100% white your entire identity will be whatever racial minority you happen to be. Also a monumentally homophobic area. Generally backward, bible thumping, ignorant area.
We can't really say "Colorado". We need to say "Northern Colorado" and then "Colorado".
"Northern Colorado" is as racist as it gets against Mexicans and Blacks. Asians are mostly okay. Others are half/half.
The rest of Colorado is much more diverse and tolerant, from my experience. It feels like a completely different state.
Basically: if it's got a lot of farmland, you'll not be welcomed.
Colorado in general is a mixed bag. Denver is very diverse and you will not find much racism. Other areas such as Boulder, Fort Collins, Durango, and other College towns are the same.
However, Colorado Springs and the Eastern plains are very racist and be carefull of those living in the middle of nowhere in the west they are often Cliven Bundy types that hate everyone and will shoot before they ask any questions. The segregation around the Denver suburbs and the mountain resort towns comes from economic class and less from race and this can be pretty bad.
I lived in Anchorage, AK for two years with my husband who is black and I am white. We have two daughters who are obviously mixed. We didn't experience any out right racism, were never treated bad or differently. Our girls never had any issues in school. Our community was mixed with Mexican, Native Alaskan Indians, and Asians. Anchorage has a small town feel, friendly, nice people. There is also diversity due to the military bases. Lots of local businesses and opportunity. If you are an outdoors person, hiking, skiing, hunting, fishing, boating, small prop planes, etc. Alaska is your play ground. Just prepare for winter because it's long and dark and will test your sanity. There are a lot of recluse individuals, mountain people, that don't want to be bothered regardless of who you are. I would say Anchorage, AK is not racists.
I lived in Alaska from '03 to '06 and from 2010 to 2013. I spent a good amount of time in Anchorage, but I lived in Fairbanks. The racist issues were very limited, if not absent altogether. Most of the racists were the military personnel who brought that crap with them. I never had any issues with the police (whether in Fairbanks or with the troopers), and I also never received any bad service when I went out. It's a cool place to live, and there are no strict gun laws. Additionally, the state has no taxes (except for North Pole). Fairbanks is slowly developing. When I first moved there in '03, they didn't even have a Walmart! There is a mall, but they call it "the hall" because that's basically what it is. Lol. By the way, I'm Black and I actually enjoyed it up there. I would move back if it wasn't so expensive.
I've been living in Anchorage/Eagle River, AK for the last 2 years. I am white and my wife is Colombian. We both agree that there is very little, if any, racism here. We moved here from a very racist state in the south. It is actually pretty amazing here. Fact: One of the middle schools in Anchorage has the most spoken languages of any other middle school in the entire US. Very nice place to raise a mixed family.
Can somebody post something about Alaska? I'd like to know what it's like for black people and other 'minorities' there.
this list scares me. 2016 and we haven't got rid of this racism issue.
Depends on where you live (rural vs urban), but where I grew up, there has been lots of diversity amongst the population. People are generally open-minded and very tolerant of different ethnicities and cultures, and this acceptance is growing every day. People who hold more conservative socio-cultural perspectives are often looked down upon, especially in suburban and urban areas.
Illinois is fabulous as they gave Americans like Obama a venue for black persons to be part of a family with all the world. All the world can be African American if they desire. What could be better than giving all the people of the world a way to be African in heritage? Illinois is a dream come true.
Very tolerant people, especially in Chicago.
This state is a complete democratic state, so I'm wondering how it's #25
Vermont is one of the least racist states in the continental United States. In my opinion, it could well be in the top 5. People are for the most part friendly and less "race-prejudice". People of diverse races mingle usually freely, despite the fact I consider most of this state country or rural. Well I am 100% Black, as "black as can be". I tell you that very rarely, did I even experience racism or racialism. This is in comparison to many states where I've been to. Perhaps it is also because historically Vermont
was one states in which did not take part in slavery. Many free Blacks or "free Negros" fled to states like Vermont in the 1800''s. I don't know, all I can say is that Vermont despite being the "Whitest" state in America or the second "Whitest", it is also one of the most racially tolerable. Oh well this is my experience in Vermont.
I am a brown immigrant (Middle Eastern) living in rural Vermont. It is one of the least racist places I've been in America. Initially I was surprised as the state is 97% white. People here work hard and everyone has treated us as equals. I have not heard any anti-Islamic or immigrant comments and feel almost no discrimination.
I have also interacted with several Vermont Blacks and they have the same opinion as me.
However, in one way I have found Vermonters may seem a bit racist - let me explain. Most of the blacks here are not multi-generational African Americans but African immigrants. In our rural community there are interactions with people from Africa (Ethiopia, Sudan, etc), but there is almost know interactions with African Americans from places like New York or Georgia. Due to this lack of interaction there is not much empathy for national African American causes. For this reason more liberal parts of the states might support BLM loudly while rural area's do not. ...more
I'm Mexican but I'm retiring I served my country The United States of America in the Army for 28 years I am proud of my race but I have only an American flag in my car and home. I was born in Chicago and love the snow so I want to take my Mexican wife and retire in Vermont it looks green and beautiful like the rolling country side of Germany. I hope the white people will accept me I love them and I work hard, I don't bother nobody and I don't drink my wife is now an American citizen and has graduated college working as an RDH, she's a good girl, Christian like me.
I grew up in Vermont and I'm black, white and native American. I'm in my mid 50's now and the first time I ever heard a racist comment was when I left the state. I remember in high school the KKK came to New England to recruit new members. They were escorted out by the police as protesters ranted and yelled for them to leave and never come back. Vt is an independent state, an old hippie state and peace, love & happiness is the norm.
Growing up in Utah, we had many different ethnicities and people from different backgrounds, from all over the world (South America, Africa, the islands, many parts of Asia, Europe and the Mediterranean). My own parents and grand parents who have been in this state forever would only address people by man or woman, boy or girl... The one who drives that truck, or the one who's in nursing school. Not by their ethnicity. It wasn't until I started hearing different languages that I realized there were some things that made us unique from one another. But even then, my classmates and my parents were all eager to understand the different ways people communicated with each other. I've been to 13 states, and lived in 5 and Utah was the last Racist of all of them and It really makes me want to go back.
Utah didn't strike me as racist. More isolationist. They hate anyone that isn't from there and treat you accordingly unless you're military.
Doctors have a good bed side manner.
I am black, and live in Michigan. I have never experienced racism here. Do I stay away from Howell, Sterling heights, and Livingston County? Yes, but I've traveled to many other cities in Mi and never had an issue. I have African-American, Mexican, and Indian friends. The culture here is very diverse and people are very tolerant of both race and religion.
I actually expected to see this state in the top five when I clicked on this list! Michigan is definitely underrated, and is a completely mixed state where acceptance and equality is key! We have Detroit and Flint, and despite its rough path, they are extremely unracist cities!
Why is everyone saying we have a racist past when many cities here, like the one I live in, went through great troubles just to keep escaped slaves safe. Ever heard of the cross whites or the Underground Railroad?
I live here and I am African American and I have the same amount of white friends as blacks. I go white and black bars. Strangely if I don't see white people like when I went to Atlanta I felt uncomfortable.
I moved to North Conway,NH from Vero Beach, Fl and I live in Fl my entire life. I haven't ran into any racial issues and I've been here 5 years. I now have a biracial child I am black and my partner is white we don't have any issues when we go out and about and everyone is very nice to my son and I. We are thinking about relocating though because there is just not enough diversity for us we don't won't our son to feel left out when he gets older and looks around.
I lived in Lawrence, Kansas for 2 years with my half Korean-half British friend (I'm black). We were treated with open arms and many of the locals were extremely kind to us. They'll go out there way to help you with directions and we were invited to many parties despite being probably the only two people of colour in our neighborhood. I can't speak for the whole state of course because I heard Kansas City is kinda segregated when it comes to race relations but overall I had a great experience
I lived in Kansas for almost 3 years. Very accepting place on the surface.. A real "village" feel where outsiders were accepted and welcomed in a very formal way especially in Kansas City and surrounding areas, but as you go farther the other direction, it's all white and anything non white is foreign and to not be associated with or trusted.. Just "get your gas and go" type feel.
I have lived in Kansas a total of 17 years, but I've lived all over the country. I find Kansans to be pleasant and friendly, but there is little or no depth to their "friendship" with you. They will greet you in church, but you never get beyond passing the time of day. Never hear from them outside curch.
I lived in Wichita for 13 years. Kansas gets my vote for nicest people. It take a while to break the ice but they are humanist first. They are religious people and race comes way down in their list. I loved living here, had tons of friends and dated a lot.
Grew up in Tennessee my whole life, I lived in Memphis in different areas ranging from Orange mound to a great house in East Memphis, as I got older. I have to say some of the things being posted about it are completely wrong. Number one Memphis is an awesome city that is over 70% minority, and of the 1 million black people in the state 600,000+ live in Memphis alone, so of course whoever said to give Memphis to Mississippi is a complete racist who probably lives in the all white hate filled Nashville, and prefers his/her upper crust white community. Outside some of the wealthier suburbs around Memphis, any POC would feel very comfortable in a city like this. Although Tennessee is the birthplace of the KKK in the major metropolitan areas there is very little resentment for people of different races, the smaller communities especially in the east Tennessee region are far more backwoods, but most of West Tennessee is a great area to live.
Tennesseans get along for the most part. If we could remove Memphis from Tennessee and give it to Mississippi, then our state would look much better. I am a true Tennessean all my life and I talk to everyone regardless of race and I've yet to have anyone tell me that I'm not White or Black enough to respect as a person. I always have friendly conversations with absolute strangers and most Tennesseans are just like me.
Very open minded state. Grew up in a very white part of the state however even as a young child my parents had no problems with friends of different races or dating. I know live in a community where I'm a very small minority among mostly black neighbors and have no racial tension or issues.
Tennessee is one of the least racist states. This is absurd.
As an Asian married to an African American with multiracial children, I hear the things that people won't say if my spouse was present. Virginia is a very prejudice state for minorities. In highest order from black, hispanic to Asian. Unlike the south it has hidden prejudice, which is the worst kind. Growing up in Northern Virginia, I experienced less prejudice because of the racial diversity but it is still there. Now living in Central Virginia, the more south you go in Virginia, the more prejudice it gets. I am so disgusted by the experiences I have had here in central Virginia that I am actually looking on this site to figure out where I can raise my children at a place that has people that look at them as people and not skin color.
Yes, I moved her from Chicago, Illinois. I am colored and, I find this place very racist. The white lady at HArris Teeters, behaved very rudely. Even when I went in to AutoNation to buy a car, I was made to wait for 30 minutes and told that, there was no one to serve me. While I looked Whites and White couples who entered after me, were received, with gusto and immediately ushered. However, with time I have learned to give back in kind, whenever I receive rude comments and snide remarks.
I live in Virginia and everyone is racist here. Well not everyone but lots of them are. In middle school, this guy and I started dating. (He is white and I am black) and his mother didn't like that. So we "broke up" because of her racist ass. This has happened to me twice in the same year. If you are in an interracial relationship, don't move here. It's an awful experience. Virginia should be number 50.
I lived in Newport news va and it very racist. A few friends and I went out one night to some bar we ordered a round of drinks and I got a plastic cup (Tupperware) but I did not say a thing we ordered another round and again I got a plastic cup, at this point I asked my friends notice the cup I kept getting. We ordered another a round of drinks again and guess what I got a plastic cup. I asked the bartender why do I keep getting the plastic cup and he said because we don't serve your kind here. I will never set foot in VA again.
I've lived in Pennsylvania for about six years now. I'm hispanic and honestly cannot recall ever being treated negatively. I worked as a bail bondsman for a few years and always felt welcomed into the court houses, and treated kindly by the staff and officers. I have a few friends that are police officers and have never felt disrespected by anyone on the force. I'm well educated and very respectful but assertive. I demand respect and I've always received it, as well as give it.
I'm from Alabama and of mixed race. I can say that there are more interracial couples in Philly than in Birmingham. A lot of others around me also agree that there's a relatively high percentage of interracial couples and friendships. However, the small town from Bama that I'm originally from has just as many if not more interracial relationships than Philly, but this probably is mainly because of the big drug problem we had in that town.
I've lived in PA for about 6 years. I'm currently 13. I'm extremely vocal about being a Muslim in my school. Although, it's white-washed here and there are a lot of white people at my school, they don't care about religion or race, creed, class, etc.
Not even the worst most disobedient kids. Sure, there are maybe one or two who are ignorant, but other than that there's not much.
How the hell is PA below Texas?!