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Friday, June 16, 2006

Post Timing

Sorry to tease, but I have a flight to catch. Will share more thoughts on my visit to NYC and life w/friendly folk when I get back to Miami this afternoon.

Melissa, I definitely want to talk about your time in Miami. That's really deep. I'd love to hear everyone's thoughts on being one of a kind in a crowd - how you got/get along or didn't/don't and why.

Gotta run.


  • This is it in a nutshell:

    - In Miami I was the only white chick in an all black neighborhood. Mix of Americans and West Indian folks. I was harrassed and threatened on a regular basis - sometimes physically. After 8 months of living there someone asked me if I was lost while walking down my street... one block from my house. A Miami-Dade Transit bus driver called me a "stupid cracker" when I didn't put my fare in the box correctly.

    - In NYC I am the only white chick in an all black neighborhood (well, I'm one of 3 - I live w/2 friends who are also of the paler variety). Mix of Americans and West Indian folks. Don't get harrassed, don't get threatened, people say hello, no one goes out of their way to let me know I'm unwelcome. My one race-based incident in Flatbush: a guy said "hey, white girl" to me last weekend after his standard pick up line didn't work over the do-not-disturb sign of my iPod, and when I told him that wasn't my name I was backed up by a woman who said "you tell him, sweetheart".

    Main difference: neighbors here don't let other neighbors get messed with. It doesn't matter what color they are. I've got a lot of theories as to why that is, but I'd be taking over your blog. But anytime you want to chat about it, you know where to find me. :-)

    By Blogger Melissa, at 1:47 AM  

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