Is there racism in Barnegat

Is there racism in Barnegat

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concerned mom

Stratford, CT

#1 Feb 15, 2010
I am a little hesitant about asking this question, not knowing the reaction I will get, but I feel like I must find out. I am a 29 year old white woman (italian american), married to a wonderful black man (high school sweethearts). We have a young child and a new one on the way. We are looking to buy a home in Barnegat, NJ, our first home. We are good people, with great morals, and good jobs.. I am concerned about racism in Barnegat, mainly for my children growing up as mixed children in a seemingly white community. I do not want my children to grow up being ostracized because they are mixed children, and although most people would laugh off my concerns (my husband included, as he doesnt think racism exists, go figure), I am so concerned about this that I am having anxiety thinking about what could happen as my young children grow up. I do not want to be the talk of the town, so to speak. I also want to make it clear that I have ever heard anything about racism in Barnegat.. I would be asking this about wherever I moved, as it is a major concern of mine. Any advice for me would be great. Thank you :)

Levittown, PA

#2 Feb 18, 2010
It's very old school thinking from Forked River down. KKK is active in New Gretna. (right outside Tuckerton) But there are more Black families moving to the area. The thinking is changing. Abet, very slowly.
concerned mom

Stratford, CT

#3 Feb 18, 2010
Thank you so much for responding, although I'm not sure if that comforted me or not.. Is New Gretna close to Barnegat? In your honest opinion, do you think I should be concerned for my children? That is my main worry. Again, thank you for responding :)

Manahawkin, NJ

#4 Mar 12, 2010
The old part of Barnegat has a lot of rental homes, many mixed races, racism is not an issue but the whole environment is. There are many crimes,drug bust..etc. The school district is not suitable for my taste, MS and HS are any parent and normal kid nightmare. There is no discipline, a lot of violence, drugs, broken rules and a weak administration. If you move to the new section of Ocean Acres it's very nice but you still have your kids going to the same schools. Try Stafford it's on the other side. Best of luck:)
concerned mom

Stratford, CT

#6 Mar 17, 2010
Thank you Sara!! I have read a lot about there being no discipline in the schools and that some of the kids around there run around trashing yards and things of that sort.. definitely something to think about, considering the things I do want for my children as they grow up(good school environment, excellent learning experience, friends that have good morals and families, etc).. it's scary because there are a lot of towns in NJ that have those same disciplinary, drug, etc issues.. What is this generation coming too? But thanks again for your response!!
been here three years

Saint Paul, MN

#7 Mar 31, 2010
My wife and I moved here three years ago from NY, I grew up in South Jersey and she grew up in North Jersey. We decided on Barnegat to have and raise children. I have two small daughters (4 and 1) and I have the same concerns as all other parents, schools, drugs, trouble makers..etc, however, I do not feel that our kids will face any more or less issues here in Barnegat then they will in any other American community. They will enjoy and Shore area lifestyle close to the bay and ocean, and they will enjoy a town that is big enough to meet new people, yet small enough to get to know people. Our neighborhood, Brookeville Manor, has not had issues with kids trashing yards or transient renters. Just neighbors who watch out for each other. Jujst choose your neighborhood wisely. Good luck and I hope you choose our town.

Marmora, NJ

#8 Dec 30, 2010
I have not seen black kids blocking the road and not letting cars pass them for hateful reasons. When it happens you will know that racism will start to spread through the housing area in Settlers Landing Barnegat,NJ
Barnegat Guy

Englewood, CO

#10 Jan 19, 2011
Listen to the lady from Manahawkin,Stafford TWP is just as bad as you say about Barnegat,just read the newspaper and understand.I've lived in Barnegat for 8 years with my wife and son,he was 2 when we moved there.We to are a black family the only one on the street,but my neighborhood is quiet and the other family are fine.No yard trashing and they are all well kept,(windward section)the school are fine no matter we you go there drugs,people talking about each other.and there are so many mixed kids out there, your kids will be fine.My son have enjoy playing sports,band,etc.TRust me come down walk the area you will see,every town have a ruff area.

Saint Paul, MN

#11 Jan 21, 2011
stay away ive lived in barnegat my whole life an it has really changed for the worst. the people have changed too . i have for childeren my youngest is in the ms my oldest graduated the hs an she had to drop out of collage couse she could not hold her own the hs never perpared her for school after high school. i have nothing good to say about about barneagt just that 10 yrs ago it was a nice place aN NOW IT IS FULL WITH DIRT BAGS DRUG DEALERS AN THE WORST PART OF IT ALL IS THEY ARE THE SAME CHILDEREN THAT GO TO OUR HIGH SCHOOL.
Charles Norris

Richmond, IN

#12 Apr 11, 2011
Barnegat, overall, is a very good town to live in and raise a family-- regardless of age, gender, race, how many consecutive push-ups you can do, etc.
I have killed a variety men that have lived in and raised families there. All deserving.
That being said, I will now lend my expert opinion on the town.
There are just a few parts of Barnegat that should be avoided. These are the areas where youngsters sell drugs and roam the streets at all hours of the night because of a lack of supervision and discipline from the parents (typically, but not always, in the lower-income areas because usually you get what you pay for in Barnegat).
But not to worry, I will soon be there to deliver roundhouse kicks to all of their faces.
Most neighborhoods are safe and friendly, and they cooperate well when us Texas rangers come rolling through with horses and Chevy Silverados.
They know better.
Best of luck to you.

Holt, MI

#13 Apr 14, 2011
Stay away from Lexington Blvd, thats where all the trouble is. I have lived here for over 20 years and never had any issues. Just recently had an issue with the HS, but the kids for the most part are ok. Parents are quick to blame everyone for the troubles in the schools, it's not the schools, its the people moving here from Camden and Trenton who are causing the issues. As for the drug dealers, if you know of it, call the police, be involved in your kids lives, know their friends. I have no idea why a child would not be prepared for college, once again quick to blame the schools, did you ever think maybe your child is slacking and not doing their work??? God forbid a parent should say their child is wrong! There is no more racism here than any where else, kids will be mean, but they are pretty accepting. I have actually run into more racism in the city than here. I am very happy with my town and I plan on staying here as long as I can afford the taxes, lol..
concerned mom

Saint Paul, MN

#14 Apr 20, 2011
Thank you all for your advice and comments!! I really appreciate it!! We have since bought a house here in Barnegat.. moved in about a month ago.. I will say that ALL of my neighbors have come by to welcome us, they are all very nice and accepting, and I am starting to feel very comfortable here!

Union, NJ

#15 Aug 8, 2011
I am not sure if you will still read this but I am planning on moving to barmegat with my husband and start raising a family. I wanted to get as much information as possible and anytging you can tell me will be so helpful!

Shelbyville, IN

#16 Aug 9, 2011
It's funny how you think you had to worry about the white community when it's the black part of the community that brings in the problems.
Barnegat Guy

Denver, CO

#17 Aug 16, 2011
Pete wrote:
It's funny how you think you had to worry about the white community when it's the black part of the community that brings in the problems.
WOW for you to say that the black area is the problem,is crazy as you must be when so many white people have been busted for drugs in this town.It's people like you that keeps racism in the present,yeah every town have it's good section,and bad but i've seen white people in both of them section.breaking into homes,schools,cars,etc and read the paper they was all young white teens. thank you. let's just work together for the whole town and not just your white section
Bennys Go Home

Holt, MI

#18 Aug 23, 2011
To say the "black part" of Barnegat brings in the problems goes to show you really don't know this town at all. I've lived here since 1976; back when the crime and drug plagued Lexington Blvd was mostly a white low income neighborhood and was still plagued by crime and drugs. The problem isn't skin color. It's low income housing bringing in people from North Jersey and New York with urban morals and values into a small town environment. If you wish to live a peaceful small town existance then you must be willing to leave your old ways behind. Isn't that why you left in the first place?

Bayville, NJ

#19 Aug 25, 2011
I've lived in this area since I was 10 and I don't think Barnegat as a whole is a bad place. Without a doubt there are bad people and bad areas but I think you'll have that where ever you go. The only advice I can offer is to make sure you research the neighborhood. I agree with the other posts that it is mostly the low-income areas that have the obvious drug and crime problems. As a rule of thumb I personally would never move into any house in Settlers Landing, no matter if it's near Lexington or not.

Union, NJ

#20 Dec 12, 2011
oh boy i guess i am in big trouble! i live in union nj right now and since i am a stay at home mom and we only have one income we were planning on settlers landing. we rent from my inlaws and they are selling the house. i wanted to move closer to the shore but cant affored anything too expensive. is it really that bad? i grew up in irvington, which is right next to newark so if you want to talk crime i lived it. i dont know if anyone is comparing it to that but now i am scared for my kids sake. help please! does anyone live there that can comment?

Eden Prairie, MN

#21 Dec 22, 2011
Three years ago, we moved from North Jersey to Barnegat. We live in Settlers. It was only after we moved here, that we heard rumors of the area being not the best place to live in Barnegat. All I can say is that we have never had a problem. Our neighborhood is quiet. The properties on my street are well maintained. We get along with all our neighbors. We have two children, both in high school. They are both doing very well. I'm not sure what people mean by "low income areas". Are they talking about Settlers being a low income area? My husband and I have a combined annual income of $217,000 which is far from low income. I went to school in New York City. I never had a problem there either. I guess if you're looking for trouble, no matter where you live, eventually, you'll find it.

Pendleton, IN

#22 Jan 15, 2012
I'm planning to move to Settlers with my family, drove around and it didn't look that bad.

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