Black People : Would you say that areas with small Black populations have more Black Unity?

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  1. WhatNeedsToBeDone

    WhatNeedsToBeDone Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Would you say that areas with small black percentages have more black unity than areas with large populations?

    I was talking to a friend who moved up to a Pacific Northwest city a few months ago and he said the black population is very scattered; but when black ppl do see each other then there usually is a bond.

    I currently live in a black/diverse suburb of NYC and when you see another black person, you really don't think much of it..and it's like whatever...okay.....nothing special. I'm really looking for that strong black unified feeling that I can't picture exists in an area with a very large black population.

    Does anybodyelse feel that way?
    Does anybody have experiences in both types of areas, which areas do you feel have more unity?
     
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    I think that it definitely occurs like that. It is like you have to because you see someone else that looks like you and you don't feel so isolated. In areas with large black communities it is either taken for granted and/or expected that you will find/see them there.
     
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    No.

    I live in the Pacific Northwest too and we blacks are highly outnumbered out here by the whites. The black people up here are not united at all and I didn't see any difference being that I am from the South if I am honest.

    You know, let me clarify that. I can't say that blacks up here are not united at all, I'd be lying..but it is just not happening on a large scale. You have to find and form your own groups and cliques up here, because it is all about that.....It really does not have anything to do with being black as I think it does class. Classism is huge and everything here with these people.

    I will say that in the South we look out for each other a lot more than what I see up here, I can definitely say that.....That does not mean I think that cities with more blacks are any more close and bonded than an area like the one I live in either.
     
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    No.

    Unity tends to come from necessity.





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    Maybe it just something up north, or a NYC attitude or something, because I live down south with a large black population and people here tend to show some sort of bond with each other. :10500:

    I have heard that people in New York generally see nothing special about human interaction at all, like hardly saying "good morning". :11400:
     
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    I do think areas with small black percentages have more unity, however it all depends on how you define the small black percentage. You have the areas that have a small black percentage that are deluded into the white community, leaving you in a situation where you may have white next-door neighbors on both sides, and probably one black neighbor in every 10th or 15th house. Then you hope they have kids for you to play with. If your're grown with kids, then you hope they have kids for your kids to play with. But even in these predominant white neighborhoods with a small black percentage, you will usually get the blacks living next to each other in small clusters, usually not more than two or three in a row. Now in these situations, I think it would be harder to find black unity, on the level you would find it in the large black populations, however not impossible. Unfortunately, I moved to a wrong part of the South, and into one of these type communities on the humble. Then the recession made it worst, and I never got those bunch of extra black neighbors I was hoping on to move with me in this new mixed but predominant white subdivision, which seems to get more racist by the year. And you know the election of President Obama didn't help.

    Now on the other hand however, if you have a city that is predominantly white, where a small section of that city, even as small as two or three dead end streets on the other side of the tracks, that is predominantly black, then you do have that black unity, more so than you would in a large black population...in my opinion. You find that a lot of small black sections of the cities in these white suburbs have blacks that are somehow kin to one another. Some of these sections, as small as they are, were there with blacks since slavery. But if you're a visitor from the outside, you would never know it, especially when the section goes under the name of a white city. I've seen many out of towners relocate to the metropolitan area, not knowing where they really were or the history of the entire area, and underestimate the black unity in these small black sections of these cities in the suburbs. Sometimes people who even grew up in the larger black areas, who never had relatives in these small black sections, still underestimated the black unity in them, when they actually grew up in the same metropolitan area, but they're usually young. But unfortunately some blacks from large black populations can be a little arrogant, and let that mindset slip into their adulthood, believing they're better than you because they're from a larger black population with a reputation. I had this experience with one of my best friends, who didn't start carrying it like that until after 18 years of friendship. I think a lot of that came from him going back to getting high.

    How I know all this? I grew up in one of these small black sections of the city of one of those white suburbs. This is what prompt me to write a post a few months ago titled, "Sharing my background with Sisters". A lot of them didn't know how to carry me based on where I grew up...especially the ones from out of town. It can be hard to relate if you didn't grow up like this, and sometimes people automatically think you don't have a black enough background, just because of the simple fact that your section of the city carries the name of a white city. I also mentioned in that thread that I was actually raised in the worst ghetto of D.C. as a child. Now I knew some ghetto names while living in D.C. in my earlier childhood, but Mookie, Peanut, Mutt, Spuddy, AJ, Chakaw, Duck, Helina, Pookie, Shyanne, Rhodesia, etc...all came from that small black section of the white city I grew up in. The same section that got flooded with drugs in the mid 80's, causing my dead end street to require police escort to get in and out, resulting in all my buddies my age and younger becoming convicted felons. By the way, I hope none of them are reading this :eek: . But we still have this unexplained family type unity, however I can't visit but once in a blue moon. And for a while that was dangerous, especially when I found out that my felon convicted best friend was still transporting drugs in my car, even after funerals. Meanwhile, I was in grad school, working a high paid IT job, holding a SCI/Top Secret Security Clearance. But I didn't think I could go wrong hanging with old friends after a funeral. Thank God I wasn't pulled over. I didn't realize how much the laws had changed since we were growing up.

    I didn't mean to get too far off topic, but so many of my homies from the block are doing bad, even the ones without records. But as far as the black unity, although everybody have their own experience, mine seems to be kind of unique, perhaps because it was a small black community in comparisons to the larger black populations you hear about. Again, this is just my opinion. However, I'm sure there are other smaller black sections all over the country like the one I grew up in. But if you really want to feel black unity, join a black activist group. I don't know how long you or anybody else would last, but you do get that family feeling. I was able to feel the connection not only in the small black section where I grew up, but way back to the connection I had when I was a child being raised in D.C...a feeling I will never forget. Those black activist organizations probably have a way of making you feel unified regardless of where you grew up, whether it was a large black population, medium black population, small black population, or a diverse population.
     
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    I've lived in the south. Hadn't seen must difference than those living in the north.
     
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