Laurie - posted on 10/04/2010 ( 10 moms have responded )
I live in a very diverse larger community. I have three mixed race children. Through a lot of inner soul searching and finding of "myself" I now recognize that my diverse community is not very tolerant. What I mean is that the races tend to segregate themselves into different areas of town. They work and go to school with other races, but back home to their own kind. There is the "black" part of town, the Asian parts of town, the "white" neighborhoods, and even a popular "artsy" part of town where most of the gay/lesbian population lives. As my oldest nears the high school age, I am considering moving to a more tolerant area. The minority communities here are largely uneducated. There are many stereotypes about race that I just don't want to deal with any longer. My children are black, white, and who knows what else (do any of us really know?). Would a more tolerant city be better to raise black children in, or a diverse community where they will have to eventually choose whether they are black or white? They Ghetto culture is very strong here. It penetrates most of our schools to the point that I'm afraid my children will only see black people as being Ghetto. But, I want my children to see and live in an educated community that accepts everyone. Ghetto isn't black, but you can't tell here. I am white (Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, and Irish), educated, and a single parent. My wish for my children is to be surrounded by tolerant people of all educational levels and nationalities. Unfortunately I can't find tolerance/acceptance and great diversity together.