We know racism exists all over but I also believe there is "less" racism in the South, mainly because Black people have more power politically and socially. Which is why what's happening in New Oleans is so troubling to me. If it can happen down there, it can happen anywhere. Most of the hardcore racists in the south live in the rural areas and they are quite open about there views. In most urban areas whites and Blacks live more integrated. They even party together. This is in contrast to most Northern and Midwestern cities where Blacks and whites live in segregated sections and only come together on the job. Black people down in places like North Carolina, Alabama, Mississippi, and Georgia are used to seeing Black men as sherrifs, police chiefs, mayors, congressman, lawyers, ect.... My cousin is a sheriff down in a Mississippi county. Go to most major cities everywhere else and most of the judges, DA's, Lawyers, and police are white...even police that patrol Black communities tend to be mostly white. Just like West Indians and Africans who grow up seeing thier own in positions of authority, it affects your mentality and the way you see life. Most Black people in the South DEAL WITH racism differently when they encounter it than their counter-parts from the North and Midwest also. But I fear things are changing for the worst among the younger generation who are under 20.