I grew up on Long Island and it is, in my opinion as well as some journalists and sociologists, one of the most race and religiously segregated regions in the nations.Originally Posted by fioco
Whites don't line in "black" towns and vice versa. There are "jewish" towns and "christian" town.
I was born in Long Beach.
I grew up in Merrick. In a class of 1,500 students at Calhoun H.S. - I had ONE black classmate. It was a predominantly christian class. Jews in the town lived predominantly south of Sunrise Highway, and south of Merrick Road was almost exclusively Jewish. Kennedy High School in the same school district was a predominant jewish school. By comparision, the next town over, separated by Meadowbrook Parkway, was Roosevelt - a 99% black, poor community. I mean to say racism is not conscious is just not accurate.
Black Towns: Roosevelt, Uniondale, Hempstead, Wyandanch, Brentwood
Jewish Towns: Lawrence, Atlantic Beach, Great Neck, South Merrick, South Bellmore
I think it is because, to some degree, Long Island was ultimately born of the "white flight" from the city. Not in the early part of the century, but certainly by the 50's & 60's. People weren't always always so blatant about it, but there were "bad neighborhoods" (i.e. black). The whole "J.A.P." thing was an outgrowth of the ctiticism of suburban jews - most certainly centered around Long Island (because the impersonations almost always had the "Lawn Guyland" accent as an integral part). In the past decade, there are attacks on hispanic workers.
It is much. much better than when I grew up (Class of 81), but it will take at least another generation to eradicate it.