Are there Racist in Idaho?

Are there Racist in Idaho?

Posted in the Cocolalla Forum

First Prev
of 29
Next Last
Europe-Asia Native

San Antonio, TX

#1 Jan 9, 2009
In a state that is 95 percent white where one could go for weeks or months or even years without interacting with people from different races and ethnic backgrounds unless you work over at Micron.
How many people in this area want to admit that there are discrimination in this state?
How many people would want to admit that there are Californian transplant that was quoted in the Idaho Stateman that" we moved to Idaho to get away from all the Asians that were moving in."

Some have admitted that they moved to get away from all the Mexicans. How do you feel about people being ignored because of their races?
Some people do think that people from different races are inferior, undesirable, aliens.

If you have never been discriminated because of your race than you will never understand what it feels like.

Remember that if you don't want to get to know people from different races then all you do is help to create divisiveness, isolation and segregation.
MYKINDAKARMA

United States

#2 Jan 9, 2009
I'M ONLY RACIST against RACIST people...
Curious

Gulfport, MS

#3 Jan 10, 2009
Yeah there are racists. The Boise area isn't real bad , but the rural areas are. There are racists vevery where of ever race so if you are trying to escape it good luck.
Rhonda

Boise, ID

#5 Jan 11, 2009
Racism is caused by those who want to be treated differently because of skin color. We will not be an inclusive nation until races do not see themselves as different. And that also means they will not act differently either.
the truth

San Antonio, TX

#6 Jan 22, 2009
Yes there are racist in Idaho and every where you go in this country, no place is immune to human biases ,discriminations and prejudices.
There are people out there who really feel that the Blacks,Hispanics,Mexicans, Asians are inferior.
Boise Real Estate Soup

Idaho Falls, ID

#8 Jan 23, 2009
Rhonda wrote:
Racism is caused by those who want to be treated differently because of skin color. We will not be an inclusive nation until races do not see themselves as different. And that also means they will not act differently either.
Act differently than what? Who's to say that you aren't the one who needs to act differently?
asian man

San Antonio, TX

#9 Jan 23, 2009
Yeah,I have to say that there are racist in Boise.I've been flipped off twice by a twenty something punk right outside of my house as he was passing through the neighborhood. I have gotten the same dirty look by a white guy over and over during a shift change right outside of the building where I worked and I have never seen him before in my life.

I've been given dirty look by an older guy in his 60s on the sidewalk in downtown and he was very unfriendly. One old guy I used to work with had a slipped of the tongue and called those Asians gooks when we were discussing about where I came from originally.
I've been called "ugly" at a stop light by a 20 something white girl in a car next to mine.I've been stared at by 30 something woman like I was an alien from another planet and I mean really stared at for a long time.I've been perceived by quite a few white women as undesirable and invisible, they are all after the white guys.

I even had an older gentleman who couldn't get through his head that Im an American, I guessed he really believed that if you are not white, you are not an American.One person at work even told me that she think that my kind are very easy to be taken advantage of or are easier to insult with racial slurs. I guess she had this ignorant stereotype that all Asians are polite and weak and submissive. She could be so wrong,if some people take advantage of me in that way,they will face my my wraths and retaliations.

People in this town who don't believe that there are racist in Boise are usually white people and have never have to face racial discriminations.
MYKINDAKARMA

United States

#11 Jan 24, 2009
white power wrote:
heck yes. The mexicants are taking over. Send them back where they belong. lets include orentals. English is the spoken language in the United States people,c'mon people. We are over run and we just keep welcoming them with open arms.
what makes you so special, your white so what, get over yourself if it bugs you that much move to brittan there all white there. America is a melting pot where everyone is welcome.
not surprise at all

San Antonio, TX

#14 Feb 4, 2009
The voice mail said it all."You were surprised?"Then, laughter.

It was one of many responses to a May 14 column in which I expressed surprise at the notion that Boiseans are intolerant of ethnic diversity.

Now I know how naive that sounded to the victims of intolerance. The responses paint a disturbing picture of my hometown, a place I used to think I knew well.

The column was specifically about a Japanese American who had been a target of ugly remarks. But if my e-mails are an indication, there are Boiseans who direct their provincialism at just about anybody different from the white majority.

One e-mail was from a woman who moved here five years ago with a friend who is Hispanic.

"We have walked out of restaurants because they would not serve us," she wrote. "He has been told by employers that they could not use him because the clients would not tolerate someone who is not Caucasian. Neighbors will not speak to us, and people stare constantly."

The adoptive father of a Hispanic girl wrote about the "rude and cruel" treatment she had received at school. The most recent insult "came from a fellow student,'They use to hang people like you.' "

A former state employee sent an e-mail saying that racial slurs and jokes were common at the large state agency where he worked. Though the official policy was zero tolerance, he claimed that supervisors tended to ignore racist comments and that those who reported them could face retribution.

A reader who moved here several years ago wrote to say that people called him names and shouted at him to go home when they saw his Southern license plates. He said he likes Boise, but has "found it to be quite xenophobic," citing groups from Hispanics to gay people to Californians as targets of disrespect.

Is Boise xenophobic? And if so, is it a recent phenomenon or has it always been that way?

Cherie Buckner-Webb, a fourth-generation Idahoan and president of the Idaho Black History Museum, says racism always has been a problem for minorities here.

"I don't know if it's worse now, but it's bad," she said. "One thing that surprises me is that people seem more comfortable to be overt with it now. It used to be if people were bigoted they'd say things behind your back. Now they're more open."

That was an excerpt from an article printed in the Idaho Statesman back in June of last year.There are some people in the valley that think they can get away with harrassing people of minority backgrounds here and it does happen.
mama

Fargo, ND

#15 Feb 5, 2009
Its sad but true. On the other hand, not everybody is, people are changing. And thats amazing
Emerald

Twin Falls, ID

#16 Feb 6, 2009
It is disgusting what some people think about other races. My husband and I just moved here from San Diego. He's asian and I'm white. I've never seen a problem with this, nor would I if I had married any other race. We're all human beings, we may have different cultures, lifestyles, but in the end we're all one. The only reason I see behind biggotry is a lack of education and a sense of humanity. Shameful.
Emerald

Twin Falls, ID

#17 Feb 6, 2009
asian man wrote:
Yeah,I have to say that there are racist in Boise.I've been flipped off twice by a twenty something punk right outside of my house as he was passing through the neighborhood. I have gotten the same dirty look by a white guy over and over during a shift change right outside of the building where I worked and I have never seen him before in my life.
I've been given dirty look by an older guy in his 60s on the sidewalk in downtown and he was very unfriendly. One old guy I used to work with had a slipped of the tongue and called those Asians gooks when we were discussing about where I came from originally.
I've been called "ugly" at a stop light by a 20 something white girl in a car next to mine.I've been stared at by 30 something woman like I was an alien from another planet and I mean really stared at for a long time.I've been perceived by quite a few white women as undesirable and invisible, they are all after the white guys.
I even had an older gentleman who couldn't get through his head that Im an American, I guessed he really believed that if you are not white, you are not an American.One person at work even told me that she think that my kind are very easy to be taken advantage of or are easier to insult with racial slurs. I guess she had this ignorant stereotype that all Asians are polite and weak and submissive. She could be so wrong,if some people take advantage of me in that way,they will face my my wraths and retaliations.
People in this town who don't believe that there are racist in Boise are usually white people and have never have to face racial discriminations.
No matter what race you are you are beautiful. Someday you will meet someone who will look at you as a perso nand not the color of your skin or the features that most think define you. I've recieved more comments about my interacial marriage than I would like, and it sickens me. No one deserves that. White people can be biggots towards europeans too. My mother is from Germany and they stuck her in the Special Education unit in her high school because she had an accent. She graduated from her University with a very high G.P.A. Now she's married to an Egyptian man. This is hard as well. I'm glad I was raised not to judge others for their race, and rather judge them for the person they are inside.

I can't say that i completely identify with you, since I am what your would call "Casper the friendly ghost", but I have glimpsed at the pain my husband and my stepfather feel and it's not right. None of this is right at all.

“Give the Bear a hug!”

Since: Oct 08

Home is where you park it

#18 Feb 10, 2009
There are racists everywhere. It is not an Idaho thing.

I grew up here in the early 1980's, when unemployment was 15-20% and groups like the Aryan Nations were gaining a foothold among unhappy people.

Now, we are going into another economic downturn. I expect we as a nation will see more of the same, with the battle lines being more sharply drawn. This time, I think the White separatist/supremacist movement will be centered in the Southwest due to the illegal immigration problem.

Idaho has been a destination for "white flight" for a while, though. I don't expect that to change.

Since: Jan 09

Jacksonville, IL

#19 Feb 10, 2009
white power wrote:
heck yes. The mexicants are taking over. Send them back where they belong. lets include orentals. English is the spoken language in the United States people,c'mon people. We are over run and we just keep welcoming them with open arms.
Instead of hating people that don't look like you, try to learn how to spell. Go take an English class yourself! Ignorance is bliss.

Since: Jan 09

Jacksonville, IL

#20 Feb 10, 2009
Big_Bear wrote:
There are racists everywhere. It is not an Idaho thing.
I grew up here in the early 1980's, when unemployment was 15-20% and groups like the Aryan Nations were gaining a foothold among unhappy people.
Now, we are going into another economic downturn. I expect we as a nation will see more of the same, with the battle lines being more sharply drawn. This time, I think the White separatist/supremacist movement will be centered in the Southwest due to the illegal immigration problem.
Idaho has been a destination for "white flight" for a while, though. I don't expect that to change.
I'd give you a big hug, if I could! At least most of Idaho voted for Pres. Obama. But, places like Orofino, etc. other small U.S. towns, are like THAT. Redneck mothers! They don't know any better and don't want to.
Journey

United States

#21 Feb 10, 2009
Only people I really don't like are the Mexicans or hispanics. Scientists predict that white people will be the minority by 2050 by the current growth rate of hispanics.

I don't mind any other race though. I'v been all over the US and I see Mexicans everywhere. SEND ALL THE MEXICANS HOME! There use to be a huge board near the Mexican border that said "North Carolina wants you." Not sure if it's still there been couple years. The well educated Mexicans arn't bad at all, I actually have couple Mexican friends and that are legal to be here.

The Mexican group I'm talking about are the ones that are dirty, think they own everything they touch, and think they own the community they are in. They believe they deserve to be infront of the line. These mexicans I dislike.
Joe

Honolulu, HI

#22 Feb 13, 2009
Emerald wrote:
It is disgusting what some people think about other races. My husband and I just moved here from San Diego. He's asian and I'm white. I've never seen a problem with this, nor would I if I had married any other race. We're all human beings, we may have different cultures, lifestyles, but in the end we're all one. The only reason I see behind biggotry is a lack of education and a sense of humanity. Shameful.
Why would any white woman married to an Asian move to Idaho instead of Hawaii where such couples are welcomed with open arms whereas in Idaho they are spat on?
Joe

Honolulu, HI

#23 Feb 13, 2009
asian man wrote:
Yeah,I have to say that there are racist in Boise.I've been flipped off twice by a twenty something punk right outside of my house as he was passing through the neighborhood. I have gotten the same dirty look by a white guy over and over during a shift change right outside of the building where I worked and I have never seen him before in my life.
I've been given dirty look by an older guy in his 60s on the sidewalk in downtown and he was very unfriendly. One old guy I used to work with had a slipped of the tongue and called those Asians gooks when we were discussing about where I came from originally.
I've been called "ugly" at a stop light by a 20 something white girl in a car next to mine.I've been stared at by 30 something woman like I was an alien from another planet and I mean really stared at for a long time.I've been perceived by quite a few white women as undesirable and invisible, they are all after the white guys.
I even had an older gentleman who couldn't get through his head that Im an American, I guessed he really believed that if you are not white, you are not an American.One person at work even told me that she think that my kind are very easy to be taken advantage of or are easier to insult with racial slurs. I guess she had this ignorant stereotype that all Asians are polite and weak and submissive. She could be so wrong,if some people take advantage of me in that way,they will face my my wraths and retaliations.
People in this town who don't believe that there are racist in Boise are usually white people and have never have to face racial discriminations.
Man you have psychological problems and needs to have your head examined. Why would anyone like you live and work in Boise or any place in Idaho, Montana, eastern Washington, parts of Colorado, etc? Why dont you try moving to Colorado and Hawaii. Plenty of white women and girls here always trying to hit on Asian guys. I have been here for just over three weeks and I have travelled in all fifty states and sixty six countries. I have seen at least twenty white women/Asian men couples here in Honolulu. I had seen only four before then..I have seen more white women-Asian men couples in this town than anywhere else in the world, including California and Singapore. If you are an unmarried straight white woman having lived in Hawaii for over a year, and you say you have never gone out with an Asian male, they give you a strange look.
Joe

Honolulu, HI

#24 Feb 13, 2009
Journey wrote:
Only people I really don't like are the Mexicans or hispanics. Scientists predict that white people will be the minority by 2050 by the current growth rate of hispanics.
For white people, especially the white southerners, the punishment fits the crime! Whites complaining about them becoming a minority in America, is no different than a death row inmate who is a serial killer, wanting to avoid his execution! Justice will be done!
Joe

Honolulu, HI

#25 Feb 13, 2009
CMofGRMN wrote:
<quoted text>
At least most of Idaho voted for Pres. Obama.
Really? That is news to me!

Tell me when this thread is updated:

Subscribe Now Add to my Tracker
First Prev
of 29
Next Last

Add your comments below

Characters left: 4000

Please note by submitting this form you acknowledge that you have read the Terms of Service and the comment you are posting is in compliance with such terms. Be polite. Inappropriate posts may be removed by the moderator. Send us your feedback.

Cocolalla Discussions

Title Updated Last By Comments
News DOJ says laws forbidding it essentially crimina... (Aug '15) Sun Field Day 35
News Feds: Homeless Have a Right to Sleep Outside (Aug '15) Sun Helinarz 2
News Joy Behar leaving 'The View' (Mar '13) Sun Joy Behar SUX 21
CBH homes, are they really bad builder or just ... (Jan '07) Mar 21 Doylesav11 75
News Idaho Is Seeking To Buy HP's Boise Campus For $... Mar 18 lakramer1211 1
My hottie sister Mar 17 Mysis 1
southwest airlines airplane hovering in mid-air?? (Sep '12) Mar 11 Garidjidoo 84

Cocolalla Jobs

More from around the web

Personal Finance

Cocolalla Mortgages