columbia wrote:On the general subject of integration, I find the south to be *much* more so, than say PGH.
My street/neighborhood is about half and half and Savannah is 60% African American. Which isn't to say that there aren't all white (rich) and all black (poor) neighborhoods.
Yeah, I've mentioned this to other people. Whites and blacks largely live in many of the same neighborhoods/areas in the South. As you said, there are instances where there are white rich and poor black neighborhoods, but by and large, the cities are very integrated.
In the northeast, whites and blacks are almost completely segregated. I find PLENTY of racism in my area, and across the northeast, even if it isn't necessarily as verbalized or outspoken as it is where it is found in the South. Obviously this story is hideous, and kudos to the students of both races that fought for this.
It's definitely not always as simple as "South = racist rednecks, North = happy, tolerant, integrated modern people". In many ways, racism up here is even uglier sometimes.