Racism lurking at sundown in Iowa?

Racism lurking at sundown in Iowa?

There are 401 comments on the Des Moines Register story from Jan 22, 2006, titled Racism lurking at sundown in Iowa?. In it, Des Moines Register reports that:

Racism lurking at sundown in Iowa? An author includes New Market, Ia., in a book that reveals how old laws forbade blacks from being in town after dark By REGISTER STAFF WRITER January 22, 2006 No ...

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Native Iowa

Cedar Rapids, IA

#43 Jul 28, 2006
Iowa, and the United States, will not change until we start looking at ourselves as ONE Nation, ONE people, regardless of color, gender, sexual orientation, etc., etc. You start affecting that needed change by electing people on more than one "hot" topic de juer (whether abortion, gay marriage, or whatever). Those are all social issues that are nearly impossible to legislate. They are issues covered by societal norms... you change those by getting people into INCLUSIVE mainline denominational churches (as opposed to the EXclusive non-denominational churches so readily found today) instead of having them spend all their time at their kids' athletic events.

Vote for someone besides Steven King (R-IA, Kiron), who embarasses the Great State of Iowa on a daily basis... and Dubya, who embarrasses the United States of America and endangers the world on a daily basis through his arogant disregard and lack of intellect in other cultures.
D NMN H

Minneapolis, MN

#44 Jul 28, 2006
Native Iowa wrote:
Iowa, and the United States, will not change until we start looking at ourselves as ONE Nation, ONE people, regardless of color, gender, sexual orientation, etc., etc. You start affecting that needed change by electing people on more than one "hot" topic de juer (whether abortion, gay marriage, or whatever). Those are all social issues that are nearly impossible to legislate. They are issues covered by societal norms... you change those by getting people into INCLUSIVE mainline denominational churches (as opposed to the EXclusive non-denominational churches so readily found today) instead of having them spend all their time at their kids' athletic events.
Vote for someone besides Steven King (R-IA, Kiron), who embarasses the Great State of Iowa on a daily basis... and Dubya, who embarrasses the United States of America and endangers the world on a daily basis through his arogant disregard and lack of intellect in other cultures.
By the statement above,it sounds like a ultra Democrat party endorsement.. Lol..
KBP

Milpitas, CA

#45 Jul 28, 2006
I grew up and lived in Northwest Iowa until I was 26 and then I moved to LA. During my time in Iowa I can say that I grew up saying many statements that I would never say today because I realize how stupid and hurtfull they are. I never hated any other race but I was scared of them because all that I had ever seen was what I would see on TV. Sad to say MTV and the News does not always show the best side of people so it was as if I was programmed to fear people from other back grounds.
I believe the majority of people in Iowa are suffering from the same experence. I really applaid my friends from other back grounds that come to Iowa to make thier lives better. They really are the teachers for us native born and raised Iowans. They give us the ability to see how great people from other places can be. I am no fool, there is a price they have to pay for helping us to open our eyes. It comes in the form of cowards who yell out things or others who gang up on them to threaten them for being different. To those cowards, your world is a changing and you need to change also or your life is going to be full of sadness. In some cases they are just suffering from the belief that its what they are suppose to do and do not realise, how bad it makes them look in the world. I know these people can change, and in most cases would like to. I hope they can be strong and take that step.

Not sure if the people on this discussion realise that one of the greatest agricultural inventors and teachers graduated from Iowa State University and then continued on to teaching at the university before moving on to Tuskegee. George Warshington Carver!

Well "thats all I got to say about that" :-)
and thanks again to all the great people from other races that come to Iowa and give the majority of us a chance to learn with them.
marie Lewis

Carrollton, TX

#46 Jul 28, 2006
Mexico holds out for U.S. immigration bill
The Dallas Morning News : July 28 , 2006 -- by ALFREDO CORCHADO

"Mr. Derbez stressed that efforts to bring about change in U.S. immigration policy would not cease when President Vicente Fox steps down Dec. 1..." MEXICO CITY -- Foreign Minister Luis Ernesto Derbez said Thursday that Mexico remains hopeful that the U.S. will pass an immigration-reform measure this year and that, if not, the next Mexican administration will continue to press the case.

Mr. Derbez said at a news conference that the government is encouraged by the actions of U.S. senators and representatives who have the "will to reach an immigration pact that would provide concrete solutions before the end of the year."

Mr. Derbez stressed that efforts to bring about change in U.S. immigration policy would not cease when President Vicente Fox steps down Dec. 1.

"The next administration will have all the information, all the contacts at their fingertips, all the experience so that it will help ... with continuity," he said.

Foreign Ministry officials also discussed a reported 45 percent decline in arrests along the U.S.-Mexico border.

They attributed the drop not just to the presence of National Guard troops but also to the Mexican government's information campaign to discourage illegal immigration and to immigrants using border crossings with less surveillance.

Border Patrol Chief David Aguilar reported the decline in the number of people arrested from May 16 to July 23.

info

Elgin, IA

#47 Jul 30, 2006
D NMN H wrote:
I am a police officer from the Twin Cities area in Minnesota. I am looking to relocate with my wife and daughter to Iowa. My wife is from Iowa City and I have visited there several times. I am of mixed race and looking for a law enforcement job down there. Any issues with people of color getting hired in LEO jobs in Iowa? Institutionalized racism rampant in the Minneapolis Police Department and surrounding suburbs.
Thanx...
Depends on where you plan to get hired. I'd say you'll not find a problem with racism, but you may have to fight the good-ole boy network to get hired. If Joe knows you and he's says you're OK, you might get hired. Your reputation counts for a lot. Can you be counted on to do your job and not piss off everyone doing it? It's not about color, it's your reliability and your political savvy.
D NMN H

Minneapolis, MN

#48 Jul 30, 2006
info wrote:
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Depends on where you plan to get hired. I'd say you'll not find a problem with racism, but you may have to fight the good-ole boy network to get hired. If Joe knows you and he's says you're OK, you might get hired. Your reputation counts for a lot. Can you be counted on to do your job and not piss off everyone doing it? It's not about color, it's your reliability and your political savvy.
Could you recommend any LEO angencies in Mitchell county Iowa to work for? Thanx..
Janis Hughes

Middletown, CT

#49 Aug 1, 2006
D NMN H wrote:
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By the statement above,it sounds like a ultra Democrat party endorsement.. Lol..
And just what in the sand hill is wrong with being an "ultra Democrat"? It is the right-wing, bigotted Republicans that have been trying for the last six years to teach this nation to hate another shade of "brown", the Muslims of Arab decent. When are we going to wake up and quite hating anyone for their color, religion, OR political affiliation. Wake up! Educate thyself!
D NMN H

Minneapolis, MN

#50 Aug 2, 2006
Janis Hughes wrote:
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And just what in the sand hill is wrong with being an "ultra Democrat"? It is the right-wing, bigotted Republicans that have been trying for the last six years to teach this nation to hate another shade of "brown", the Muslims of Arab decent. When are we going to wake up and quite hating anyone for their color, religion, OR political affiliation. Wake up! Educate thyself!
Not only it's the Republicans, it's ultra right-wing Democrats as well. "Educate yourself". It was only about forty-years ago when the Democrats and Republicans were working together during the civil rights era. Democrats are just as responsible in reguards to discrimination against people of color in this nation. Both parties and politics in general are responsible. Save the speech lady!!
It you want to endorse a particular, go post on a politics forum.
"Educate myself!", LOL..
D NMN H

Minneapolis, MN

#51 Aug 2, 2006
Not only it's the Republicans, it's ultra right-wing Democrats as well. "Educate yourself". It was only about forty-years ago when the Democrats and Republicans were working together during the civil rights era. Democrats are just as responsible in reguards to discrimination against people of color in this nation. Both parties and politics in general are responsible. Save the speech lady!!
If you want to endorse a particular party, go post on a politics forum.
"Educate myself!", LOL..
Sue Molenda

Winston Salem, NC

#52 Aug 3, 2006
Jay wrote:
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You let one persons ignorance cloud your judgment? That is what I would call ignorant. You need to thicken up the skin a little bit. If you let something like that offend you, then you have obviously enjoyed a difficult life.
Well, Jay, perhaps you have enjoyed a life with your head buried in the sand.
I see that you are from Greensboro, the town where the police let slide a wholesale massacre of blacks and "Communists" by Klan and Nazis in 1979. Not one cop arrived on the scene of the slaughter until fifteen minutes afterwards, though they were aware well in advance of the planned demonstration and counter-demonstrations involving Klan, NeoNazis and the Communist Worker's party. Only a handful of arrests were made, and though several were murdered and many wounded, NO ONE was ever convicted.
I moved here from Chicago, years after the Greensboro Massacre, and I first heard about it in 2001, when I worked a temp job in the local TV Newsroom. The News Editor showed me a borrowed videotape, because the Channel 12 cameraman had taken a bullet during the gunfire. The attack was unprovoked, unexpected by the victims, and extremely well-planned, from what I saw. The CWP demonstrators were assembled, holding their picket signs, and trucks and cars filled with Nazis and Klansmen drove up, and the occupants hopped out and opened fire on the demonstrators. All the "reports" indicating that the Klan and Nazis came with the intention of demonstrating in peace were absolute fabrication, in my opinion. It was an attempted mass execution, and in my opinion, the Klan and the Nazis never had any other intention.
A few artsy people have presented a play or two about the incident, and there was an art exhibit at the University once. I know a few filmmakers who are trying to get funding to shoot a film based on the Massacre. But I find that the Greensboro -- in fact the whole surrounding community is fairly tight-lipped about the whole thing. Nobody really cares, because, after all, the victims were COMMUNISTS and blacks, and frankly, I wonder if the Klan and the Nazis still have a stranglehold on the people of your town... or if Greensboroans just frankly don't care about and won't acknowledge the racism that still exists there.
Georgia Weaver Realtor

Watertown, SD

#53 Aug 3, 2006
I live in Alta, Iowa, just 4 miles west of Storm Lake in northwestern Iowa. We have a very diverse community and would welcome a "mixed race" law enforcement officer, we are smaller than Iowa City. There is also a new inmate facility to begin construction this Spring. We have a great area, schools and community. Our community includes Latino, Sudanese, Nigerian, Laotian, Swedish, Irish, Welsh, French, Canadian, Yankee ;)(that would be me - from Pennsylvania) and many more. If you are interested please let me know and I will help you get in touch with some of the police officials in Storm Lake.
God Bless
D NMN H wrote:
I am a police officer from the Twin Cities area in Minnesota. I am looking to relocate with my wife and daughter to Iowa. My wife is from Iowa City and I have visited there several times. I am of mixed race and looking for a law enforcement job down there. Any issues with people of color getting hired in LEO jobs in Iowa? Institutionalized racism rampant in the Minneapolis Police Department and surrounding suburbs.
Thanx...
D NMN H

Minneapolis, MN

#54 Aug 3, 2006
Georgia Weaver Realtor wrote:
I live in Alta, Iowa, just 4 miles west of Storm Lake in northwestern Iowa. We have a very diverse community and would welcome a "mixed race" law enforcement officer, we are smaller than Iowa City. There is also a new inmate facility to begin construction this Spring. We have a great area, schools and community. Our community includes Latino, Sudanese, Nigerian, Laotian, Swedish, Irish, Welsh, French, Canadian, Yankee ;)(that would be me - from Pennsylvania) and many more. If you are interested please let me know and I will help you get in touch with some of the police officials in Storm Lake.
God Bless
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Thanx, that would be great.. Who do I talk too?
Muscatine Phat Rat

United States

#55 Aug 3, 2006
D NMN H wrote:
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Thanx, that would be great.. Who do I talk too?
Hey- Muscatine is close to Iowa City, also. Don't rule that out- They are looking & Quad Cities would be about 45 minutes away. I grew up in NE IOWA - population of 7,000 & there were 2 black families 35 yr ago - I didn't see any racisim there then, but, I do see a very different attitude now. Muscatine has a very high Hispanic mix, of course, they came as migrant workers for Heinz. Really, the only time I see an indifference there, is when ONLY ENGLISH SPEAKING people are pissed that they can't figure out what the people are saying in Spanish-
I guess by saying ALL of Iowa is Racists-? Isn't that putting us in a sterotype? How ignorant--
Connie

Sanford, ME

#56 Aug 4, 2006
Tweedle Dee wrote:
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I guess that the whole 10% must live within a 30 mile radius of me then. Either that or there are a lot of illegals roaming around.
okay, watch it there buddy. watch how you start throwing this noise around. personally i was born in ft. madison. i went to school with about 4 other mexicans (2 were cousins) and 2 black kids. let's just say we tried to stick close together. i would say racism was approached a little differently than in some places. we were considered the white kids amusement. someone mentioned earlier that they are just a bunch of rednecks that don't know any better, and i agree with that. the kids our age just didn't know what to think of us. it was their parents and grandparents that caused the most heat. i still had store clerks following me around in the stores downtown. how sad. funny considering we were not really poor, my family owned a business and we lived on the "good" side of town. go figure. left when i was 18 and moved to the quad cities. much better!! seems the more people you get in a city, the better your chances are of losing the biggots in the crowd. now i live in texas. for this guy that feels like he's a minority (go figure, why do white people always say that?!) try moving to texas. now there's some serious overrunning going on here!!(and i love it!!)
Connie

Sanford, ME

#57 Aug 4, 2006
Heather wrote:
I currently live in Garland (dallas), TX; and will possibly be moving up to Iowa.. From some of the posts I have been reading, it seems that Iowa has shut it's doors to "people of color" and only allows whites. I can't believe this is true. I have visited web sites of surrounding communities (looking for homes) and it shows city wide festivities with blacks and whites enjoying each others company. I also find it kind of amusing that some of these stories are 30-40 years old (back in the 1960's w/ my grandparents...or in 1970 class....)
I grew up in the south, and let me tell you racism is alive and well. If anything, it is more prevelant here. Not only is it whites against people of color-it's african-american against hispanic and anglo-americans, asian americans and so on. There is even racism with-in one's own race; if you are in a bi-racial relationship or a certain economical class. I would say the south is worse on this issue because of the huge diversity we have. I wonder if any of these peoples' child/parent/spouse were to need an organ if they would be so picky?
I think no matter where one goes he/she will find SOME kind of bigotry; be it socio-economical, race, religion.
Our forefathers came over to the Americas for a reason...to leave all that behind and then some. If you truely think about it; aren't we all aliens? Some of us only need to look back 2-3 generations and realize our family did not originate in the good ole U S of A.
I am hoping when my family and I make up there, that we are welcomed in the community and treated with respect.
Let me just say that i do agree with you. there is a lot of weird racism here in san antonio that i never dealt with in iowa. here you can't be chicana..because you might offend another mexican. or mexican american or mojado, or tejano, or latino!!!! this is insane. i say we should all swap places for awhile. i mean it. send all the mexicans in texas to iowa so they can see who the "man" really is. why fight amongst ourselves. in iowa, if you were of color, you just stuck together. enough said! when you move to iowa, there are a lot of advantages you'll have that you don't have in texas. better community involvement, better education, less crime...just remember...it might be a different fight, but its still racism. just be tough.
Connie

Sanford, ME

#58 Aug 4, 2006
Connie wrote:
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okay, watch it there buddy. watch how you start throwing this noise around. personally i was born in ft. madison. i went to school with about 4 other mexicans (2 were cousins) and 2 black kids. let's just say we tried to stick close together. i would say racism was approached a little differently than in some places. we were considered the white kids amusement. someone mentioned earlier that they are just a bunch of rednecks that don't know any better, and i agree with that. the kids our age just didn't know what to think of us. it was their parents and grandparents that caused the most heat. i still had store clerks following me around in the stores downtown. how sad. funny considering we were not really poor, my family owned a business and we lived on the "good" side of town. go figure. left when i was 18 and moved to the quad cities. much better!! seems the more people you get in a city, the better your chances are of losing the biggots in the crowd. now i live in texas. for this guy that feels like he's a minority (go figure, why do white people always say that?!) try moving to texas. now there's some serious overrunning going on here!!(and i love it!!)
ps, i am sooooooooo not from ME!!! i'm from san antonio tx born and raised in ft. madison iowa.
Homeboi

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#60 Aug 5, 2006
racism exists everywhere unfortunantely,i am a person of color(that would be black,colored,negro,nigger,or porch monkey depending on your particular level of political correctness or intelligence) I've experienced racism in different forms here in Iowa some blatant and obvious some subtle and indirect.
As a black man in this world you learn, as do other races of people, that someone or some group will have prejudices against you simply because of the color of your skin...or your religion...or your physical stature...you learn to live with it ,try to understand the cause of it and deal with it as you need to. Racists dont have their own geographical home. I do believe that Iowans do put forth the effort to accept and understand other cultures and races as well as any people in the world. I'm happy with my life in this state
joey

AOL

#61 Aug 6, 2006
try being italian
Bob Quam

AOL

#62 Aug 7, 2006
MEVBRO wrote:
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I take issue with that statement. There are not "tons of blacks, Mexicans and other non-whites living in Iowa." The U.S. Census reports that the state of Iowa has a white population of 94 percent, black population of 2.1 percent and a Hispanic population (all of those immigrants are not 'Mexican')of 2.8 percent. Those numbers do not add up to "tons" of non-white people.
However, statistics are not necessary. Look around
you. Count. Anytime there is more of one group of people present than all others combined, you have inequality and that hardly would qualify you to consider yourself the new minority.
AS a farmboy raised in North Central Iowa I NEVER saw my first Black until I went on our senior class trip to Minneapolis in 1947----Since then I've moved to So Cal---Had black neighbors---many black friends--It's what is in the heart that counts.

Lately we've had a steady influx of Hispanics--Who do the menial jobs--(My gardener)--(My cleaning lady)-It does bother me when I grocery shop and I hear the mother talk to the younguns in Spanish---My father came here from Norway and he learned English as fast as he could---(Even with a brogue--(dees--does etc)

Everybody wants only one thing--A better life than they left---Education & opportunity for their children. I've watched many a Hispanic family beam with pride as their child graduates from High School and even college!

We can't ALL be pro atheletes but we can all be productive citizens!
Give it a chance!!

Bob
liberal

Cedar Rapids, IA

#63 Aug 8, 2006
Bob Quam wrote:
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)-It does bother me when I grocery shop and I hear the mother talk to the younguns in Spanish---My father came here from Norway and he learned English as fast as he could---(Even with a brogue--(dees--does etc)
Bob
I can understand the frustration when people of another nation refuse to learn english. It makes it difficult in business situations and others too. However I do belive it is very important that theese people continue speeking their native language b/c far to often they strive to learn english and don't speek their language and over time they loose it, not only is that sad but there are so many job oppertunities for bi-lingual people.

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