Ask ARP: How to incorporate diversity when living in a mostly white area?

Dear Anti-Racist Parent,

Given the recent post about living in a nearly-all white school district, and the last post about the mom who’s moving from NY to Houston, could you put out a call for ideas on how to naturally mix-it-up culturally when you’re living somewhere that’s mostly white?

And by “mostly white”, I mean I’ve gone as long as two months here without even seeing black skin anywhere- the grocery store, McDonalds, people walking on the street- nothing. When you figure that around 12% of the US is black, you realize that minority is severely underrepresented here.

And it’s not just the black minority- I haven’t seen other minorities in the percentages I should either. Every time I go to a function with the intention of meeting people I end up in a room full of white people.

I’d love to hear how other people have managed, because I’m out of ideas…


From Amy in central (rural) NY

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