Top 10 Most Racist States In the U.S.

The Top Ten
1 Mississippi Mississippi is a southern U.S. state with the Mississippi River to its west, the state of Alabama to its east, and the Gulf of Mexico to the south.

I'm Black and from Ohio. I worked for a moving company. I was driving through Mississippi with a co-worker who was white when we were stopped by the police. The cop was passing us, looked over, and saw me driving. He immediately hit the brakes and pulled us over. He was a straight-up redneck. He asked if we had anything to pray for, implying that we had drugs.

After examining our paperwork, I realized I left my ID at home. He told us that if the office couldn't provide my driver's license number, he would take me to jail and let my white co-worker drive on. When I got my driver's license number, he turned an even brighter shade of red. He told us we didn't have logbooks, so he made us park the truck at the nearest hotel for 12 hours, or he would arrest us.

Sitting at the hotel, we walked to get some beer. Just the sight of a Black and white person together seemed like it was going to get us struck down by God or something crazy. I can't deal with Mississippi. It's not for me. I'd end up smacking people left and right, going crazy, and probably getting killed in a police station.

2 Alabama Alabama is a state located in the southeastern region of the United States. It is bordered by Tennessee to the north, Georgia to the east, Florida and the Gulf of Mexico to the south, and Mississippi to the west.

It happened in April 2012 on my way from Massachusetts to Texas. I rented a brand new 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee. Somewhere in Alabama, I stopped for some gas. I walked into the gas station counter with my 50 bucks in my hand because, up to that point, I had driven and used my Visa card in different states in less than 24 hours, so it was blocked. Entering the shop, there were four white dudes chatting with the man at the counter. I said "Hi" to them, then handed my 50 bucks and asked, "May I have some gas, please, at pump number 1?" The guys stopped chatting, and the answer was, "We don't have gas today." Right then, I looked outside and saw two white guys with gas nozzles, filling their cars as usual. Immediately, something struck in my mind: "RACISM." I went out, drove about four miles ahead, found a Sunoco gas station, had my tank filled, and continued on my trip. I'm from Africa and can't believe what happened to this day. Why so hateful? Do black people eat humans or what?

3 Texas Texas is a state in the Southern USA. It is the second largest by area and population. Its largest city is Houston.

Born and raised in Texas. This is a very racist state. I would say Houston is more openly racist. Dallas is more overt. I laugh at when the state tries to advertise itself as diverse. It is in fact diverse on paper yet segregated. Most of the suburbs are monolithic. There are only a handful of cities in this large state that are diverse by neighborhood and not by population.

If you are a minority and are seeking employment, you better know someone or your not getting your foot in the door. If you are from out of state make sure you have something lined up before coming here. Minorities are more likely are not to be hired for a job or promoted. No matter how much experience, education or qualifications you have. I don't know what's up with the hiring managers. It seems like some of them are intimidated by qualified minorities and will opt to hire someone incompetent and not deal with their own egos.

They will promote a white person with a high school diploma over a minority candidate with a bachelors or even a masters degree in some cases. At the company I work at, a lot of the temp employees are minorities, many have bachelors and some have masters with experience yet a lot of the permanent employees have little to no experience and a high school diploma. Something's not right about that.

People talk about the low cost of living or that it's a good place to raise a family. That may be true but it's not worth the trouble.

4 Arkansas Arkansas is a state located in the Southeastern region of the United States. Its name is of Siouan derivation, denoting the Quapaw Indians.

I saw a report that showed all of the states in the country being ranked for most to least hate groups (per capita) in 2023, and Arkansas is the state that's ranked at #1. So wouldn't that technically make Arkansas the most racist state if they have the most members per capita?

I'm Asian and lived in the state over five years for attending to a college. I have been so many places in the Unites States and have a lot of acquaintances and friends from over the world.
Arkansas is the most racist states. If you are non-white American, non Christian, or non conservative person. Please don't live in the place. Just visiting the place is no problem because there are a lot of beautiful places and southern hospitality are exist.
On the surface level, they are nice to other people, but when a legal trouble or a local community get involved, nobody help for non-white people because they are afraid of their community if they knew how associate with non-white people. I have had a lot of discrimination. In addition, even local people who used to be nice to you, they start to act stranger.
Behind the Christianity, there are a lot of dirty things going on. They use Christianity.
I am so happy to get out of the depressed place truly.

5 Tennessee Tennessee is a state located in the southeastern United States. Tennessee is the 36th largest and the 17th most populous of the 50 United States.

Tennessee is extremely racist! I am from the MI and white people here are blatantly racist. They call themselves trying to disguise it, but I see right through them. I have been racially discriminated against at a few jobs and but one of them was horrible, and it was truly an eye-opener. Black people are expected to be quiet and just appreciate them for "letting" us have a job. If there is a black person is in a higher position, they are so far up somebodies behind that they reek and they are full of crap. The white people obviously feel as if they are superior, and they will coact to keep and/or put a black person in a lower position and/or class than them. They are offensive in their communication, they try to use slang or quote rap songs to appear relatable-as that is the only way that I can carry on a conversation. And they are intimidated by a person like me; who is NOT a peon or a send out; I am educated, skilled and able to communicate and carry myself in a way that clearly indicates that I am more knowledgeable in certain matters than they are. They hate that! I am moving back to the north. I realize that racism is everywhere, but it's horrible here and I am not going to belittle myself for nobody so I am always going to have problems as long as I am here.

6 Oklahoma

I live in Oklahoma City. I have lived here my whole life and I would have to say that I have experienced racism almost everyday of my life. Blacks are treated completely differently from whites. I worked at Aeropostale and my manager called the police on a black girl for "thinking" that she was stealing when she wasn't and she didn't even apologize. She said that she shouldn't have looked so "suspicious. " I still wonder was it that she really looked suspicious or was it just because she was black. I would go with the last one. A white person was caught red haded and and she let her slide and said "Well everyone makes mistakes, " it's ridiculous. Affirmative Action has now been voted out of Oklahoma. I have a feeling that because of this, I will be moving when I graduate college next year.

7 Louisiana

I am a white man and I came here in USA to marry my wife. I came from Romania to marry her. She is African-American and I do love her to death. When I got here I didn't expect what I'm gonna pass trough...

We had first the official marriage and we barely found a mayor that would accept to officiate our marriage. Most of them were black and they would find any kind of stupid reasons to look to busy for us... so we found one... we got married and we had as photographer my sister in law. I saw that my wife she got kinda sad later on after talking with her sister something but she didn't told me what they talked about. Later on she told me how she was asked by her sister why she didn't married a black men... they also got in a argument few days after our marriage and I got all our pictures from the marriage deleted by my sister in law...

I'm a handy man and I agreed to lift up the valor of my mother in law's house. So I replaced all the carpet in the house with wooden floor and all the linoleum with ceramic tile, Alone. Because my sister in law and her husband didn't wanted to help me at all and they were living in the same house at that moment.

Later on we had our covenant wedding party. The religious wedding. Somehow my sister in law got in charge to play the music at the wedding so this is how my wife had to walk to the altar with no music because the player didn't start for some reasons even if it wad a new one. I may need to say that my brother in law and my father in law they didn't show up at the wedding because they were to mad that my wife she married an white man...

Every time I talk about somebody with my mother in law the first thing she is asking is "is she/he black? "...

We are going to a bible study cell group.. yesterday they start talking about black history criticizing all the bad stuff that the white people did in past to the black people, like I wasn't even there as the only white person...

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8 Missouri Missouri is a state located in the Midwestern United States. It is the 21st most extensive, and the 18th most populous of the fifty states.

Saint Louis Missouri should be in the top three... This is a horrible place to live/raise a family. You will not thrive here job wise if you are a black woman/man. The Saint Louis Public School system is horrible. The school system is full of self hate blacks, and racists whites. The Board of Education hired several firms to come in and correct problems. The first firm walked away with over 40 million-dollars, and slashed needed positions and knocked a lot of middle class people out of positions. Why was this firm brought in? Because Missouri is corrupt from the top to the bottom. Though North City is bought up over sixty-percent of the city is sitting vacant. The crime is off the chain, I hate the summer because the killing field is withe open. Whenever a black person is killed, it's not a big deal here in Saint Louis Missouri. Now when white people are attacked/killed/robbed oh the patrols in the area is beefed up to make sure they're comfortable. Look at how long it took them to find the young lady that was found in her trunk. Verses the young white woman that was killed in the Central West End, who's killers were found immediately. A black man was shot in the face last year, his death was not investigated, why because of an issue in his past. Missouri is stuck in the 1800's and yes the white people show they're racist, and prejudice and don't care.

9 Kentucky Kentucky, officially the Commonwealth of Kentucky, is a state located in the east south-central region of the United States.

In the area in which I live people are routinely pulled over for driving while black. The good old boy system rules and if you are a person of color you can bet you aren't a good old boy. I will say in the black male culture here we have a criminal element that is problematic. Black men, spawning children and abandoning them, single black women raising whole families and working two jobs to do it, guys hanging out on corners dealing drugs, fighting dogs, and acting like boys instead of men reinforce the image that the police hold of this ethnic group. Still those who reject that life style and work twice as hard as their while counterparts still share the same racial profiling and rough treatment by the police as the hoods who deserve it. Kentucky is a crude place and a hard place to live if you are any color but white.

10 Idaho Idaho is a state in the northwestern region of the United States. Idaho is the 14th largest, the 39th most populous, and the 7th least densely populated of the 50 United States.

Idaho should be MUCH higher on the list. It is because there are so few black people here; their stories aren't being told. I have a friend whose coworkers call her "Monkey Face," and when reported, they were not disciplined. A black child in our dance group was asked if she "can go to the movies" because of the color of her skin. Two back children I know of have had to drop out of the public school system and home school because of bullying. This is an awful state if you are a person of color. It is pervasive and there is no community you can move to here. It's one thing if the "north and south are segregated," but in Idaho there's no blessing of segregation; it's all one hostile community. The whole state is a backwards white camp. Tell your story and get Idaho at the top of the list.

The Contenders
11 South Carolina South Carolina is a state in the southeastern region of the United States. The state is bordered to the north by North Carolina, to the south and west by Georgia across the Savannah River, and to the east by the Atlantic Ocean.

I've lived in South Carolina my entire life. With the most balanced racial make-up of any state, South Carolina may get a bad rap, but it's not grounded in fact. In the midwest and northeast, a lot of racism appears not to exist --- however, when in some cities it's hard to even meet people of color, how can a judgment on racism be made? When people move to South Carolina for the first time or visit, they always comment on the fact that there are "a lot of black people." Why, yes, we here in South Carolina do have a balanced racial population. That being said, racial issues that may be ignored in some other cities become big topics here. I love our state and the fact that the Confederate flag is now gone proves that this state continues to progress.

12 West Virginia West Virginia is a state located in the Appalachian region of the Southern United States. It is bordered by Pennsylvania to the north, Maryland to the east and northeast, Virginia to the southeast, Kentucky to the southwest, and Ohio to the northwest. West Virginia is the 41st largest state by area,... read more

I attend school here and was pulled over for "running a stop sign." This had been my first time in my 3 years of driving that I have ever been pulled over. As the two officers approached my brand new car, they looked into the back windows and all then proceeded to ask if I had illegal substances. After telling him no, chatting with him and also mentioning my perfect driving record, he went back to his car for what seemed like years. He came back, asked me to step out of the car and proceeded to tell me that he had called drug dogs to check my car. They also removed my passenger, took her license and made us wait in the 12 degree cold weather for 30 minutes while we waited for the drug dog to come and search my car. The officer ended up saying that the dog sniffed drugs and they tore apart my brand new car filled with shopping bags just to find nothing. When the officer who had the drug dog was asking us about ourselves, he asked my friend and I's majors. We told him and he looked in disdain but only commented on how hard the majors were as if we couldn't handle it. After not finding any drugs, I was given a warning for something I didn't do in the first place. They suggested I stay away from people who do drugs because they claimed that was what the dog picked up. I've never been so scared of authorities in my life until then.

13 Georgia Georgia is a state located in the southeastern United States. It was established in 1732, the last of the original Thirteen Colonies.

Got jacked up in Georgia because I would not tell people what I did to earn all my money (I had my own business and worked two part-timers). Would not let any of the creeps, both male and female move in with me, got SO tired of the SO many moochers down there that as a lady I was supposed to be stupid nice to them even though I was smart enough to tell them all to f$&! Off. Was arrested for nothing, absolutely nothing, but when I won my case I had to again disappear because of all of my "new" friends. Thanks to my experience down there I am VERY successful elsewhere so all you jealous fools can kiss my---! Could not wait to away from there, visited last year, was ready to leave again after two days. The crooks and moochers had not left. My daughter was born there, love it for that but SO glad I got out of that sexist racist place. Where women and minorities know their place, and for the most part, stay there. I couldn't do it. Realized that Georgia was founded by criminals later. Too much later!

14 California California is a state in the Southwestern United States. With 39.6 million residents across a total area of about 163,696 square miles (423,970 square kilometers), California is the most populous U.S. state and the third-largest by area. The state capital is Sacramento, and the largest city is Los Angeles... read more

It is very racist in San Diego, even though I have degrees and certifications it remains very difficult for me to obtain suitable employment. It is no secret that most medical jobs here in San Diego ask for those who are bilingual which is almost always those who are not black. It is a shame that you cannot live in certain places in San Diego either, I have tried to live here but it is very hard if you want to make progress in your life. I am not a racist individual, I hope that people will someday re-frame from their fears about blacks doing as good or better than themselves in life.P.S. I hate San Diego California with a passion.

15 Hawaii Hawaii is the 50th and most recent state of the United States of America, receiving statehood on August 21, 1959.

People posting here seem to have a wrong misconception of how things here work. 1. Haole means no breath. This definition originated when westerners first came to Hawaii and would not do the ha, or the exchanging of breath, which was understandable, they didn't know what it was. People of European descent are called haole because of this. 2. Almost all of the racism in the state stems not from rude locals who just want to be mean, the Hawaiian people are jaded and hurt because western influence nearly destroyed our culture. White people are scowled at because they come here and buy all the land and destroy the environment, thusly hurting our people even more. The Hawaiian people did not want to become a state, colonizers overthrew our kingdom and did not give the natives a right to vote. When we were voted to become a state, it was the white people who came here and took our land and our language and our culture that chose for us to become a part of this broken, bigoted nation.

16 Massachusetts Massachusetts, officially the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, is the most populous state in the New England part of the northeastern region of the United States.

I lived in MA for most of my life and began to realize how little opportunity there was for me. I am a person of mixed race with a very light complexion. I was too dark to be considered white and other people of color would treat me badly because I was too light. There was discrimination at every turn. I was followed around stores, discriminated against in college classes, denied employment opportunities, paid less than whites doing the same job, and heard all kinds of racist statements from both sides. I moved to Alabama, which is also very racist; in a different way. At least now I have my bachelor's degree so I will have better opportunities but I will leave soon. I believe racism has transformed into more of a class issue. If you don't have a lot, you're treated terribly. I think this is a problem throughout this country. Those who can afford high rent are able to live more comfortably than the rest. Meaning they don't have the same issues to deal with. Their children go to better schools, they get better services, better food choices, etc. It is shameful that this country still has these kinds of problems. This is not the land of the free at all. The difference between Massachusetts and Alabama is that the racism is more covert in MA and overt in AL. MA denies opportunity right out of the gate while denying racism exists and AL finds ways to "keep you in line" with outrageous public policies that deny justice on every level.

17 Maryland Maryland is a state located in the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States, bordering Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Washington, D.C.

My relatives are from MD and PA and are some of the most racist people I've known in my life. Luckily I was raised in a military primary family and know people of lots of races from living all over the US and the world. But one situation that happened with my cousins, I took my best friend and her two children with us to one of our family reunions b/c I always considered her a sister even though not by blood. She is originally from Puerto Rico and her ex husband was from another S. American country...can't remember which) so their son was a little darker skinned than the rest of their family. While we were out at the picnic, it started to pour down rain (one of those quick ones), so my Aunt and family that hosted the reunion asked that those kids who got wet to see if they could wear any of her grandkids' clothes while theirs dried out. When it came time to give my bff's son a dry shirt, I overheard my cousin's son ask, "do I have to loan a shirt to that'? I was so embarrassed and profusely apologized to my bff for their ignorance. Some of the family live in MD and the rest live in PA.

18 Illinois Illinois is a state in the midwestern region of the United States. It is the 5th most populous state and 25th largest state in terms of land area, and is often noted as a microcosm of the entire country.

I was born and raised in Chicago. Chicago is one of the most racist cities in America. The neighborhoods are racially segregated, and even Mayor Daley lives in the most racist neighborhood in Chicago, Bridgeport. Young people have to worry about being in the wrong neighborhood wearing the wrong colors, but the Chicago Police Department is the biggest and most deadly gang in Chicago. The Chicago Police use people of color, the homeless, small children and even the elderly as punching bags and for target practice with their guns. The judicial system of Chicago and Cook County is terribly racist and corrupt. Many blacks are murdered every year, due to racist cops. If you have children, don't raise them in Chicago.

19 Florida Florida is a state located in the southeastern region of the United States. Florida is the southeasternmost U.S. state, with the Atlantic on one side and the Gulf of Mexico on the other.

I live in Florida and my family has been here since The Spanish first landed in 1513, people always ask where I'm from and when I tell them I'm American they say no no your ancestors, and I'll say my family been here almost 500 years, they just don't know how to process it. They automatically think I'm a foreigner. A friend once said that he'd wish all racist's would just die and I responded that would be about 95% of the population. Being comfortable in your own skin is where they should begin, most people have low self esteem which makes them defensive and in tolerant of others especially if they are poor, which is common in Florida.

20 Arizona Arizona is a U.S. state in the southwestern region of the United States. It is also part of the Western and the Mountain states.

The racism in Arizona is deeply embedded from the top of Government to the bottom person. Racist laws are continually passed or are attempted to be passed on an almost daily basis and the populace, which is >80% white is content with it and tries to clamp down any type of mainstream discussion on it. It has such an appeal to racism that it attracts racists from the rest of the country which creates a spiral towards more behavior. The best a person can hope for here is to only be grouped with stereotypes. The worse is for overt action to occur. The state does officially deny they desire to make it as inhospitable as possible for illegal aliens but this is the official position. The unofficial one is that they wish to make it as inhospitable as possible for nonwhites.

21 Ohio Ohio is a state in the midwestern region of the United States. Ohio is the 34th largest by area, the 7th most populous, and the 10th most densely populated of the 50 United States.

Don't move your family to Ohio if you have a clean record. They are desperate for redevelopment and they fund it by traffic fines and fees. You and your family will constantly be targeted while on the road. Prosecutors and public defenders are paid solely on how many convictions they win. They will negotiate with each other on plea deals so they can get paid. They have no interest in whether you are innocent. This activity makes it incredibly hard to get a decent job here regardless of your education. Ohio has had its fair share of unarmed killings. The police there are given free reign to be corrupt and no one does a thing about it. And the other post is true. Go to the courthouses and see the state sponsored racism for yourself. It's ridiculous.

22 Virginia Virginia, officially the Commonwealth of Virginia, is a state located in the South Atlantic region of the United States.

I'm from Northern VA, lived there all my life and it disgusts me how people who haven't lived here all their lives are judging a state by 1 or 2 years. The Confederate flag is really nothing, it's been there for a century to show Southern pride, and if that is too much to take, I don't know what you can take. Virginia is a Southern state but it is also a Blue & Red state, as far as I know, the most racist region here is Appalachian Plateau, a very redneck area. Here in NoVA we don't get much racism, but as I am Asian, and Indian, people ask why my eyes aren't small like all Asians, so I'm not a Asian because of that. So yeah, most racism here is directed to Asians rather than Blacks, Latinos, and Whites. But I may be wrong as I am Asian which gives me another perspective.

23 Wisconsin Wisconsin is a U.S. state located in the north-central United States, in the Midwest and Great Lakes regions.

I lived in Wisconsin for 4 years. I never experienced such racism. People were out right nasty. I am from Northern Maine, and have never been treated so badly. In Wisconsin I was a counselor in a Shelter for teenagers. I do not think it helped me being black and knowing all of their family secrets. I am a attractive black woman with a very compassionate heart. I was never taught hate. By husband is white and I have two adult children. Our families get along fine. There really is not that much difference in people. I have found that in the hearts of most people, we want the same things. To have a job, family, freedom to enjoy our lives and worship as we please, and try to be happy. I am so sorry some wish to hold on to something that has caused so much pain and suffering in our country and the world. Before you dislike someone because of the color of their skin or the slant of their eyes. Stop and think behind their clor is a person with thoughts and feeling just like you.

24 North Carolina North Carolina is a state in the southeastern region of the United States. The state borders South Carolina and Georgia to the south, Tennessee to the west, Virginia to the north, and the Atlantic Ocean to the east.

I lived in North Carolina for 10 years. I'm 21 years old. I was born and raised in atlanta where the city is so extremely diverse you can't tell who is white and who isn't so to be racist would be a waste of time. So when we moved to NC I couldn't believe how segregated the town was and still is, my parents bought a store in the town and people blatantly said they didn't want to come to our store because we were black. And the white people are just as trashy and low class than every other race. They are all just stupid and very uneducated. How can you hate someone without knowing exactly why? I used to feel sorry for them but now I think they deserve to be stuck in a town that's 15 miles long for the rest of their lives, they have no common sense.

25 Vermont

I'm a native born Vermonter and lived here all my life. Years ago it was awesome (and conservative) but in the 60's and 70's all the draft dodging hippies fleeing to Canada found they need travel no further than Vermont. The Liberals have since flocked here and ruined this state. They have driven out businesses, taxed everything and made wages nosedive, all while inviting in Illegal Aliens and treating them better that the people who have worked and lived here all their lives. I hate to say it, but I'm selling out and moving my family the hell out of here very very soon. I'm thinking West Virginia.

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