In America, racism has an unclear or too broad of a definition. Both left and right wing groups struggle to properly identify and diagnose root causes for racism.
What is clear though is that the accepted basic definition of racism is that it is a form of bigotry centered around skin color and national or ethnic background.
Some today claim that racism works both ways; I have seen it as well. Some claim that it is a systemic oppression of particular non-white parties.
Whatever your definition of racism, our columnist has accumulated ten places which are observed to be virtually free of racism.
These mentions are in no particular order.
1: Trade Shows
First on this list is trade shows. It has been noticed that more and more trade shows of different types pop up all over the United States every year.
The top categories for trade shows in order include Auto Parts, Motorcycle, Video Games, Comic Books, Antiques, Computers and Electronics, Musical Equipment / Instruments and Craft Beer / Foods.
The premise behind this is simple. Who has time to be a jerk when you’re busy trying to nab a deal? There is an attention to detail when you’re scavenging around for something you’ve been hunting for especially if there is a bargain involved.
With that being said, trade shows are open to the public and most of them are either for a benefit or they’re organized by the community. The main goal is to swap and sell wares, so most people could care less about who attends.
As a general rule or thought, community events tend to be much friendlier places than public events and community locations likewise. It will be a theme throughout.
2: Garage / Yard Sales
This kind of piggybacks off of the previous mention, but differs slightly.
At a garage sale, you are not worried about others in a basic sense. You are worried about potential deals and if you’re running the garage sale, you’re worried about clearing space to avoid the cleanup.
Garage sales for the most part offer extremely discount furniture, clothing, antiques, electronics or other types of general household wares. Most of these sales are either to prepare for moving or to clear unwanted items.
As of 2017, the frequency of garage sales has increased nationwide and has seen an increase of about 14% in popularity. The average sized city (5.7 Square Miles) will have between 190 and 290 garage sales in one Spring / Summer term.
3: Local Grocery Stores
Local stores are a remarkable addition to this list. Small business is at an increase and the amount of cities with their own small grocery store is actually climbing.
Community leaders and small business owners are almost always adamant about the environment inside of their stores remaining positive and inclusive. This means a heavy bias against racism and racist people.
Such stores are extremely likely also to hire a diverse staff and give all members of their community a fair advantage and opportunity. That is, all races have the same likelihood to be employed.
According to a Pittsburgh area small business poll out by Better Business Bureau, African American employees are 38% more likely to be hired by a local grocery store than by their local Walmart store.
Asian men and women are also 63% more likely to be hired as well. Additionally, women are 46% more likely to be employed and are also a staggering 87% more likely to be promoted into management.
4: Hobby Stores
To be honest, when I looked into the data for this article, I did not expect to see hobby stores in a top ten for this.
Hobby stores ranked close to the top in friendliness toward diverse customer bases and between customers themselves.
Such hobby stores are long standing places such as Hobby Lobby, Michaels, Joann’s and Family Craft Center locations.
A Stat Freak poll about demographics of customers in these locations concludes that 45% of all sales accounted for during a 2 week period were to people other than caucasian customers and that of these sales, 26% were Asian customers, 30% were African American customers and 50% were classed as other in the poll.
Notes about this entry include that acceptance and tolerance in these stores derives from a common interest in a hobby such as a craft or practice. Most stores see positive interactions being commonplace without any relevance to the race of people involved.
An undisputed lead in this list is a convention. Without regard to any statistic, I knew at first that conventions would be on this list and close to the top.
Conventions are of course gatherings of people who share a particular interest and meet to discuss the interest, trade wares associated with it and just converse in general.
The three leading types of convention with regards to diverse and accepting attendance are Comic / Video game Conventions, Fandom Conventions and Sports Conventions. The largest conventions that meet this criteria by name are ComicCon (New York and San Diego), E3, PAX, Anime Expo, Anthrocon and The NFL Draft; which I just now learned is apparently classified as a convention
Common sense would tell you that these people are united by a common interest and are therefore paying no attention to the race of attendees which is absolutely correct.
As a convention goer myself, I can confirm that these places are very open and very accepting of all people who gather to celebrate them. They are genuine places of brotherly love dictated by a bond stronger than boundaries.
6: School Functions (Prom, Clubs, Homecoming, etc.)
Now, every school in this country is different. You have kids from all backgrounds attending, so to some, this is a surprise and to others, it rings true. Experiences vary, but this seems to be on this list.
Generally, school functions are a celebration of sorts. There is an occasion, so nobody is there to ruin somebody’s day or night. People are gathered to celebrate and to have fun.
Prom and Homecoming are the largest contributors as to why this made our list but other functions include sporting events, clubs, concerts, recitals and other extracurricular events.
7: Community Events / Fundraisers
As I have said several times before, if the community is involved, there is a welcoming atmosphere involved.
Community events such as banquets and fundraisers are seen as extremely welcoming if for any other reason, necessity to the function’s effectiveness.
Local communities are in general very welcoming to all because in a community, it is made up of the people from the city in which it provides for or serves.
If people do not feel safe in their community, then the community is not going to receive any help from itself and the people surrounding it. It’s as simple as that. People will help each other in goodness alone, but more people together have an impact as well.
If you have ever been to a concert, then you know what I am talking about. This is also quite high on our list and there is no surprises.
You go to a concert to see a musician or musicians perform. There is no other good reason to go unless you enjoy concession food and alcohol.
People who are at a concert inhabit a mentality all their own. An entire community is present with up to hundreds of thousands of spectating strangers. Most people pay their mind to the concert and others will mingle.
The most accepting communities found at concerts are found at metal concerts. Yes, as shocking as it may seem, you will be more accepted at a metal show than any other type of concert.
As they say, a crowd of misfits is a crowd of brothers. As a metal fan myself with an extensive list of attendance under my belt, I can attest that the most accepted I have felt among strangers is at a metal show.
I could write all about my experiences and golden moments out on the musical golden road, but the point is that the community here is a broken bunch who make their diversity and music a bonding experience.
9: Landmarks and Historical Sites
Sightseeing is apparently an accepting experience. I wouldn’t doubt it, but I am not much of a sightseer personally.
According to a journal from the US Department of Tourism and Travel, a universally safe experience from a racial standpoint is to sightsee landmarks and national historical sights.
Of the top places on the list, you are safest in Philadelphia Pennsylvania, New York City, New York and Las Vegas, Nevada to name three.
I have been to Philadelphia; recently in fact and I can say that it is true. There is a diverse crowd there routinely taking in the scenery and the history. It is quite refreshing to go there.
Of places specifically, they cite landmarks along tour routes, historical sites of former residences, hotels and restaurants are the friendliest of places.
10: Downtown in Large Cities
I saw this listing and thought it made sense. If you are along in a commute, there is a lot of things moving at once and a lot to take in in general.
In large cities such as Pittsburgh, Columbus, Philadelphia, New York and Seattle, downtown is considered to be the safest area in town from a racial standpoint.
Unless there is rioting or protests going on, these areas are usually politically neutral and serve only the function of commute and work. Therefore, there is a low risk for racism out of sheer business of the people.
The only city in which this does not apply is Washington DC of course, since there is almost a 24/7 presence of political activity and outcry; most of it pathetic in my opinion.
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