You will definetly be more welcomed than a white person at a mostly black event.
Whoooooeeee! I have said some pretty obnoxious things on this board but I have never fomented any stereotypes. This is about the worst generalization about black people I have ever seen on this board. Old Bob Noxious is an open minded gringo. I once went to a Louis Farakhan rally at Tennessee State U. back in the early 90s and NOBODY made me feel unwelcome. I did get a pretty thorough frisking before I went in but so did all the black people. The best thing about a L.F. rally is the bean pies. Maybe a few of those folks didn't like me, after all I am a redhaired blue-eyed Aryan devil, but they had the restraint and composure enough not to show it.
I go to a black barbershop and sometimes go to black churches. Usually I am the only white person there. Nobody cares! Sometimes for fun I have the barber shave a part on the side of my head and that gets a laugh but still...nobody cares
It sounds like you have that old-timey, white folk, fear of black folk.
please......you gotta let go of that fear.
As a lifelong resident of the South, I will make this generalization; methed up (Meth) rednecks are the most dangerous thing we have down here, and they are equal opportunity criminals. They are colorblind if you are in their way, different, have something they need or just plain pissed them off.
I like to ride bicycles and I can tell you that white, teenage, gangsta rap addicts are a pretty bad nuisance too. These guys will throw stuff at you, swerve at you and generally try to start fights with you over nothing. They are pretty easy to whip but they are crazy and will use weapons if they have them.
Black people don't lay awake at night trying to figure out ways to scare white folks.
Sure, I probably wouldn't take a stroll through through Magnolia project in New Orleans but I wouldn't take a stroll in Sarajevo or Algiers either.
Anyway, I'm not riding you but....please don't promote this stereotype.
Yet it is in this loneliness that the deepest activities begin. It is here that you discover act without motion, labor that is profound repose, vision in obscurity, and, beyond all desire, a fulfillment whose limits extend to infinity.
~ Thomas Merton ~
this was my first roo, and yes it was extremely white there (i am hispanic), but i never felt out of place or uncomfortable...i found and hung out with people of all races, and everyone was geniunely nice...i shared corn with many folks and it was shared with me...the vibe was totally awesome, that i dont see how anyone could feel out of place there
2007: Coachella, Voodoo
2008: Bonnaroo, ACL
2009: Jam Cruise, Bonnaroo, Voodoo
2010: Jam Cruise, Coachella, Sasquatch, Nocturnal, Voodoo
2011: Nocturnal, Fun Fun Fun Fest
2012: Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, Fun Fun Fun Fest
I think it is more of a cultural issue than a skin color issue. There just aren't as many black hippies and rock and rollers. Jimi Hendrix definitely felt alienated from the scene during the 60s and was really uncomfortable with his disassociation from the predominant black culture. In a documentary, some of his old buds from Harlem said that one time while walking with him, he picked up a Black Panther paper just to impress them. And they never could understand his obsession with Bob Dylan.
The only black people that aren't welcome at Bonnaroo are black people who are also arse holios. White arse holios can fark awf too. Hispanic and Asian arse holios are alright though. They get a pass for never being properly acknowledged in ethnic discussions.
Post by billclinton on Jul 13, 2008 2:13:59 GMT -5
I haven't read the whole thread, so excuse me if this has already been said. But the black people with the bunk no no's were the shady looking type. I saw white guys walking around with the same shadyness to them. I also saw a black guy Saturday night that was pretty chilled out. Basically what I'm saying is what's more important than your skin color is how you present yourself and act.
Racism is gay. And by gay I don't mean homosexual gay, I mean frittated gay. And by frittated I don't mean someone who was born without normal physical and mental capacities, I mean someone who chooses to be really freaking stupid. I really like people who refrain from being dishonest or mean-spirited. Who's with me?
To be honest for a moment the people walking around selling bunk nono are quite disproportionately black; however, the negativity expressed towards them has everything to do with the fact that they are ripping people off and nothing to do with the fact that they are black.
In the two years I've attended I have heard a couple racial slurs thrown around, but every time I actually understood the context it was either some angry guy talking about said dealers or some idiot drunkenly joking around with his friends without realizing he's in a public place.
I've never actually witnessed any racism or overtly racist attitudes firsthand. Furthermore, the overwhelmingly vast majority of folks there are like the ones you've witnessed here. The people that would treat you differently based on race are in the margins, nothing to worry about.
I've been to Roo twice and I've never had a problem with anyone at Roo. This year the cops harassed me a bit after they caught the guys going in tents. But that was about it. I've always felt accepted a Roo.
The funny thing is...I've never really thought about if I would be accepted or not and it really didn't matter