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Being White in Philly
Philadelphia Magazine ^ | March 2013 | Robert Huber

Posted on 03/16/2013 6:10:28 PM PDT by The people have spoken

Subtitle: Whites, race, class, and the things that never get said.

My younger son goes to Temple, where he’s a sophomore. This year he’s living in an apartment with two friends at 19th and Diamond, just a few blocks from campus. It’s a dangerous neighborhood. Whenever I go see Nick, I get antsy and wonder what I was thinking, allowing him to rent there.

One day, before I pick him up for lunch, I stop to talk to a cop who’s parked a block away from Nick’s apartment.

“Is he already enrolled for classes?” the cop says when I point out where my son lives.

Well, given that it’s December, I think so. But his message is clear: Bad idea, this neighborhood. A lot of burglaries and robberies. Temple students are prime prey, the cop says.


At the same time, white Philadelphians think a great deal about race. Begin to talk to people, and it’s clear it’s a dominant motif in and around our city. Everyone seems to have a story, often an uncomfortable story, about how white and black people relate.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; US: Pennsylvania
KEYWORDS: beingwhiteinphilly; mayornutter; pennsylvania; philadelphia; race
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To: ilovesarah2012; Rembrandt

The appropriate term from Biology you are looking for is “assortive selection”.

81 posted on 03/21/2013 4:39:17 AM PDT by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: FreedomPoster

Thanks. I knew a Freeper would know.

82 posted on 03/21/2013 4:44:23 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: sauropod


83 posted on 03/21/2013 4:56:27 AM PDT by sauropod (I will not comply)
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To: Albion Wilde
from the John Derbyshire article, "The Talk":

(10) Thus, while always attentive to the particular qualities of individuals, on the many occasions where you have nothing to guide you but knowledge of those mean differences, use statistical common sense:

(10a) Avoid concentrations of blacks not all known to you personally.

(10b) Stay out of heavily black neighborhoods.

(10c) If planning a trip to a beach or amusement park at some date, find out whether it is likely to be swamped with blacks on that date (neglect of that one got me the closest I have ever gotten to death by gunshot).

(10d) Do not attend events likely to draw a lot of blacks.

(10e) If you are at some public event at which the number of blacks suddenly swells, leave as quickly as possible.

On the 4th of July in Center City Philadelphia. My family and I walked a few blocks from our hotel to see the fireworks display. The crowd was 90% African American. Shortly after arriving at our spot on the grass near the Art Museum, a firecracker sounded nearby. This ignited a stampede by the crowd as hundreds of panicked people believing it to be gunshot fled from the scene. My family and I got caught in the mayhem.

To a white crowd the sound of a firecracker on the 4th of July is normal and certaintly wouldn't alarm anyone. It's different for inner city blacks who are conditioned, apparently, to instantly kick into flight or fight mode at certain stimuli based on prior life experience.

84 posted on 03/21/2013 7:18:06 AM PDT by grasshopper2
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To: grasshopper2

Next time, go to the ones at the Delaware Waterfront (if Philly still has two 4th of July fireworks sites these days) — it abuts mostly white neighborhoods of Society Hill and Queen Village. Although there are two sets of projects over in Southwark; but you also have the Italian/Mummer “muscle militia” on the southeast side.

85 posted on 03/21/2013 9:30:39 AM PDT by Albion Wilde (Liberalism: knowing you're better than everyone else because of your humility. -- Daniel Greenfield)
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To: FreedomPoster

Good. My comment was about the mural. The street snap-shot is telling, regardless. No biggie.

86 posted on 03/21/2013 8:51:52 PM PDT by RedHeeler
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To: Rembrandt
"Look at animals in general. Dogs and cats don’t hang out together. In spite of Walt Disney, mice and rabbits don’t hang together. Self segregation is the natural order of all animals, including humans."'re saying that white people and black people are different species? Wow. Did you give that any thought at all before you posted it, or are you really that misinformed?
87 posted on 03/25/2013 7:58:42 PM PDT by Bellows
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To: Brad from Tennessee; JoeProBono

Rizzo never saw a no bid union contract he never liked. Almost drove the city into bankruptcy, but the low IQ types loved him.

88 posted on 08/17/2013 10:50:23 AM PDT by Clemenza ("History, I believe, furnishes no example of a priest-ridden people maintaining a free civil governm)
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To: Venturer
I simply say that I am no more racist than Maxine Waters, Al Sharpton, or Barrack Obama.

Wow, that much huh?

89 posted on 08/17/2013 10:57:41 AM PDT by stevio (God, guns, guts.)
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