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WillyBrandt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 12:18 AM
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Check-In: White People Who Went to Black High Schools
Edited on Sun Apr-18-04 12:30 AM by WillyBrandt
If I learned anything, it's that people are just fucking people. I know, there's some other stuff, too, but it's mostly the same stuff.

-- Also, in Middle School there was "cracker day"--which I think existed more in myth than fact--where black kids could beat up on white kids. One black friend said he "saved" me from getting beat up, but I really think it just didn't exist, and he was just talking crap.

-- Also, I remember learning "Man, white people are fucking crazy. They get pierced everywhere with weird tattoos and shit, do drugs and go driving real fast and dance at those raves like they're nuts. . ."

-- Also, I know another Miamian, who described the racial tension at his HS, being more along these lines: blacks and whites got along fine, neither liked the (dominant?) Cubans, and the Cubans didn't care
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JohnKleeb Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 12:21 AM
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1. I go to a pretty diverse high school, my dad went to a heavily black HS
and after school worked with many blacks.
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Celeborn Skywalker Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 12:22 AM
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2. I went
to a school in New Mexico that was half hispanic and half white and everyone got along fine. I never remember any racial tension.
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alittlelark Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 12:58 AM
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10. Which school?
I was Highland 78-81
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rucky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 01:02 AM
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11. Hornets Suck, Bulldogs Rule!
88
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alittlelark Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 01:10 AM
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12. Yeah, right. Get a life. My nephew goes to AHS - I am still
trying to forgive him!!!
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alittlelark Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 01:16 AM
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13. The way I remember it was Hornets Rule, Bulldogs drool...
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rucky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 01:21 AM
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15. Is that before or after we mop you up off the basketball court?
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alittlelark Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 01:26 AM
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17. That's when our Hornets janitors have to mop up after your
bloody and devastating losses.


(Haven't followed this season.....am I embarrassing myself?)
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rucky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 01:32 AM
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19. I hear Highland's pre-Janitorial progam is one of the best
(I have no freaking idea who's better over the past 15 years)
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alittlelark Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 01:48 AM
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23. It is!!! We take the drop outs from the AARTCDNE program at AHS
That's the Advanced Automotive Rejects That Can't Do Nuttin' Else and attempt to teach them what to do with a stick that has pieces of fiber attached to it.

Sometimes it works, and sometimes they have to go back to AHS and enter the Advanced Studies Program.

Hey, at least we're tryin'!!!
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Celeborn Skywalker Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 02:49 AM
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25. Silver high, Silver City
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freetobegay Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 12:23 AM
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3. My High School was mostly Spanish.
eom
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alittlelark Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 12:28 AM
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5. same here, in my NM HS anglo was a real minority
I got beat up once, and then reached a state where most of the people thought I was crazy and left me alone.
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freetobegay Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 12:32 AM
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6. I am in S.W. Florida
Most of the kids were from migrant camps. We all got along great!
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alittlelark Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 12:54 AM
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8. We all got along great too,
after the fights that established 'turf' or 'toughness'.
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freetobegay Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 12:58 AM
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9. We didn't have that
I guess I was lucky. Everyone I knew just wanted to have sex & do drugs! It was the late 70's early 80's (I guess we were all throw backs from the hippie era).
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alittlelark Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 01:41 AM
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21. Exact same era......but we had the SPANISH (ie superior) Hispanics
and the MEXICAN (IE INFERIOR) Hispanics.......

The Mexican Hispanics hated Anglos and the Spanish Hispanics considered us inferior.

I doubt the 'true blood' claims of the Spanish Hispanics. Guess what?? An amazing characteristic of Homo Sapien Sapien is that 'gene flow' will occur whenever groups get together.

Race does not exist.....at least in the (Aryan- pure blood- cleansed)sense of the word.
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Catshrink Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 12:24 AM
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4. My high school in Seattle was 1/3 Black, 1/3 Asian, 1/3 White
Naturally. Most of us grew up together.
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rucky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 12:39 AM
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7. 60% Hispanic, 30% Black, 10% Other
Edited on Sun Apr-18-04 12:40 AM by rucky
I was "Other"

Our High School was the best. Most Merit Scholars & #1 in Basketball my senior year.

Also New Mexico, btw...

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Lefty48197 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 01:17 AM
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14. We had Black people in my High School
I think down south, those would be considered "Black High Schools".
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LDS Jock Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 01:22 AM
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16. I didn't but I'm trying to hit 400 posts tonight
My HS was all white, my town was all white, my county. That is life in the rural Ozarks of north Arkansas. I wish it had been diverse but thats life.
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Lefty48197 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 01:29 AM
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18. All White?
man, your ass is SO reported. Even I grew in a neighborhood that had A Black family.
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LDS Jock Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 01:35 AM
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20. Well, yeah
But it was a very small school. Only 37 graduated in my class. It is still all white too to my knowledge.
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Barbara Ann Donating Member (52 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 01:44 AM
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22. I am sorry to say
there was not one Black person at the High School I went to. Not many Blacks in the City I grew up in, but all in a neighboring City.
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Lisa0825 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 01:51 AM
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24. My JHS and HS were about 40% black 40% white and 20% Hispanic
I hadn't really known any black people before then. My dad was in the Coast Guard, and at that time, the CG was mostly white. We lived in CG housing, and our schools were practically 100% kids from the bases. I lived in Hawaii from 1st through 4th grades, and we had Polynesian and Asian students, but I don't remember any other ethnic group strongly represented (my parents didn't seem to differentiate between us and them). However, my best friend there was mixed race black and white. Her father was black, but he was long gone. He'd abused her and her mother, and he was the only black man she had ever known, so she had nightmares about becoming more black, since she only had learned to associate it with the bad things in her life.

Anyway... from Hawaii, we moved to the Gulf Coast of Texas, and I entered into the 40/40/20 school. I didn't have any notions about race, since I didn't know any black people, and only really barely understood the things my friend had talked about. So I really had no clue that race relations were problematic, until one day I heard someone, who I had thought was a friend, telling her friends, "Man, I really hate white people!" I had walked around the corner right as she said that, and the whole group of about 6 girls had turned to look at me as I walked by. I actually felt faint. I didn't understand at all. All I knew is someone hated me for no reason. My eyes welled up and I kept walking. I don't think she and I ever talked again. I'm not sure if it was me avoiding her, or her avoiding me, or both. But that memory has always stayed with me.

My parents were not overtly racist. they would not intentionally hurt people. But they thought nothing of telling racist jokes, and had a lot of flawed ideas. Meanwhile, I was questioning things, and trying to find my way. Eventually, this would lead to numerous arguments due to my demand that my parents not use derogatory racial terms in my presence. Over several years, I learned things about race.... I think perhaps I was at an advantage, being clueless to start out at that age, since by the time race was ever really mentioned at my home, I was at the age where I was starting to assert my independence anyway.

Eventually, my mom finally came around. My brother married a wonderful black woman, and I was really proud of my mom for growing to love her daughter in law so quickly. I felt that my mom learned her most important lesson in her last year of life.
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