Three quarters of whites don’t have any non-white friends

  • WhoDey

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    Aug 30, 2014 12:00 PM GMT
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2014/08/25/three-quarters-of-whites-dont-have-any-non-white-friends/?hpid=z4
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    Aug 30, 2014 12:12 PM GMT
    #majorityproblems
  • bro4bro

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    Aug 30, 2014 2:48 PM GMT
    I didn't have any non-white friends when I was growing up... because there weren't any. In my rural Ohio community, there was not a single black, Hispanic, American Indian, or Asian. This is still the way it is in much of rural America.

    I remember years ago talking with a girl in Montrose, Colorado who told me, "I only know of two black people in Western Colorado... and they don't know each other!"

    Of course, as far as city people go, remember that friendship is a two-way street. Are white people always supposed to be the ones to initiate a friendship?
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    Aug 30, 2014 2:53 PM GMT
    lol not surprised

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    Actually after taking some time to think about it, was this study taken in a particular country or was it supposed to represent Caucasian people internationally?

    I suppose in China the ratio of Chinese people having non Asian friends would be of a similar percentage I imagine.

    Anyway funnily enough I live in a Caucasian dominant country and yet I don't have any personal friendships with anyone Caucasian.
    Not on purpose though, I guess it just kind of happened that way.
    There is one Caucasian person where I work but that's it.
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    Aug 30, 2014 2:54 PM GMT
    That stat is probably true for most Americans but it certainly won't apply to people in big, diverse city like Los Angeles.
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    Aug 30, 2014 2:57 PM GMT
    How many black people have nonblack friends?
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    Aug 30, 2014 2:59 PM GMT
    polfsky saidThat stat is probably true for most Americans but it certainly won't apply to people in big, diverse city like Los Angeles.


    Do you recall the show sex and the city? How many non white friends did the 4 women or the men they slept with were portrayed to have? And may I remind you that these were in NYC the most diverse city on the planet.
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    Aug 30, 2014 3:21 PM GMT
    Blondizgd said
    polfsky saidThat stat is probably true for most Americans but it certainly won't apply to people in big, diverse city like Los Angeles.


    Do you recall the show sex and the city? How many non white friends did the 4 women or the men they slept with were portrayed to have? And may I remind you that these were in NYC the most diverse city on the planet.


    Maybe diverse in the sense of people living there. But i find Montreal and Toronto to be more diverse in terms of socialization. Here you routinely see groups of friends that are mixed ethnically.
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    Aug 30, 2014 3:28 PM GMT
    I have never been to Toronto. I used to go to Montreal for business, twice per year for about 9 years. I didn't see what you are claiming, but I'll take your word for it since I don't live there.
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    Aug 30, 2014 4:17 PM GMT
    MartyredNeons saidlol not surprised

    --edit--
    Actually after taking some time to think about it, was this study taken in a particular country or was it supposed to represent Caucasian people internationally?

    I suppose in China the ratio of Chinese people having non Asian friends would be of a similar percentage I imagine.

    Anyway funnily enough I live in a Caucasian dominant country and yet I don't have any personal friendships with anyone Caucasian.
    Not on purpose though, I guess it just kind of happened that way.
    There is one Caucasian person where I work but that's it.


    This study is for the US Americans only.
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    Aug 30, 2014 4:20 PM GMT
    Growing up in Australia , i had and still have non white mates , colour has no bad effect on me ....
  • bro4bro

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    Aug 30, 2014 5:55 PM GMT
    I'd also like to know exactly what this study terms a "friend". The article explains things relative to a "100-friend model". Who the fuck has 100 actual friends (not Facebook friends)??

    I take the word seriously. Over the years I've had many white and non-white acquaintances and associates who I worked out with, played sports with, and hung around with, but I don't consider them all to be true friends.

    Right now, of the very small number of people that I consider to be true friends, one is Hispanic - but he's very light skinned and has European features, so he may not "count" as non-white (news flash - Spanish people are white). We've never discussed it, but I'd certainly never tell him he's non-white.

    The gym I belong to is in the 'hood, and there are many blacks and cholos there. We get along fine but we don't hang out together outside the gym. Should I beg one of them to be my non-white friend? Maybe I should pay him; I'm a white guy so I can afford it...
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    Aug 30, 2014 5:58 PM GMT
    To be honest I dont have any black, arab or asian friends (outside RJ), not that there are many around anyways.
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    Aug 30, 2014 6:01 PM GMT
    My closest friends' races IRL(or ethnicities, people seem to define them differently):

    -Italian
    -WASP
    -.5 Irish .5 Filipino
    - Indian




  • tazzari

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    Aug 30, 2014 6:02 PM GMT
    I don't, but live in an all-white area, how are you going to have Black friends? Or Arabic, or...? Going out and "hunting for them" seems as racist as not having any.
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    Aug 30, 2014 6:03 PM GMT
    Who cares? Whites are a majoriy in North America. What do you expect? icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Aug 30, 2014 6:11 PM GMT
    tazzari saidI don't, but live in an all-white area, how are you going to have Black friends? Or Arabic, or...? Going out and "hunting for them" seems as racist as not having any.


    Why is that then in a diverse and rich country such as USA, people still live in all-white areas (or ethnic enclaves/ghettos) ?
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    Aug 30, 2014 6:16 PM GMT
    Who cares? Let people be friends with whoever they want. Making people feel bad because the people who are their friends (and by that I mean true friends) are white, and then inadvertently suggesting that they should look for non-white friends is horrible. I would be disgusted if I found out that the only reason that someone who was white befriended me was because they wanted to have someone "non-white" as their friend.

    This seems like a stupid article trying to promote more white/non-white tension in America and it's really stupid. If the "study" said that whites in America prefer to have white friends than non-white, then it'd be something worth looking into.
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    Aug 30, 2014 6:29 PM GMT
    polfsky said
    MartyredNeons saidlol not surprised

    --edit--
    Actually after taking some time to think about it, was this study taken in a particular country or was it supposed to represent Caucasian people internationally?

    I suppose in China the ratio of Chinese people having non Asian friends would be of a similar percentage I imagine.

    Anyway funnily enough I live in a Caucasian dominant country and yet I don't have any personal friendships with anyone Caucasian.
    Not on purpose though, I guess it just kind of happened that way.
    There is one Caucasian person where I work but that's it.


    This study is for the US Americans only.


    Thanks for clarifying.
    Even though the link itself says washingtonpost I'm still stupid enough to ask the question lol.

    With that in mind, I revert back to my original response of not being surprised.
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    Aug 30, 2014 6:45 PM GMT
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    tazzari saidI don't, but live in an all-white area, how are you going to have Black friends? Or Arabic, or...? Going out and "hunting for them" seems as racist as not having any.

    Why is that then in a diverse and rich country such as USA, people still live in all-white areas (or ethnic enclaves/ghettos) ?

    Because most people like to be surrounded by their own culture, pretty simple and understandable - There are some cases though where minorities want to be surrounded by other races (whites) but usually it doesn't work the other way around.
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    Aug 30, 2014 6:47 PM GMT
    tazzari saidI don't, but live in an all-white area, how are you going to have Black friends? Or Arabic, or...? Going out and "hunting for them" seems as racist as not having any.


    OneSongGlory saidWho cares? Let people be friends with whoever they want. Making people feel bad because the people who are their friends (and by that I mean true friends) are white, and then inadvertently suggesting that they should look for non-white friends is horrible. I would be disgusted if I found out that the only reason that someone who was white befriended me was because they wanted to have someone "non-white" as their friend.

    This seems like a stupid article trying to promote more white/non-white tension in America and it's really stupid. If the "study" said that whites in America prefer to have white friends than non-white, then it'd be something worth looking into.


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    Aug 31, 2014 12:00 AM GMT
    It's interesting reading about people's perception about White America coming from a guy that grew up in the Los Angeles area. I grew up in the San Gabriel Valley which is filled with all kinds of ethnicities from Latinos, Asians(including South East Asians), Filipinos, Black, and Whites. Not too mention a lot of people of mixed backgrounds as well.

    Most white people here in the SGV valley, at least from what I noticed in high school, usually have non white friends. So I really do think it is where you live. Although I do notice that many whites from Los Angeles are very cautious of living in a ethnic majority community even if the area is typically a equal mixture of Asian/Latinos/Black/Whites. Which makes no sense to me because that's as diverse as a place can be...
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    Aug 31, 2014 12:07 AM GMT
    Okajuurou said
    tazzari saidI don't, but live in an all-white area, how are you going to have Black friends? Or Arabic, or...? Going out and "hunting for them" seems as racist as not having any.


    Why is that then in a diverse and rich country such as USA, people still live in all-white areas (or ethnic enclaves/ghettos) ?


    Well, in my case, my parents moved here because the schools were good and Dad found work as a tool maker - and it was close to where we could sail. I've never moved, and I like my neighbors and the town. I'd hardly call it an enclave... and I don't feel like moving in order to be PC. (Though I know that wasn't your implication!)
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    Aug 31, 2014 12:10 AM GMT
    I can confirm I don't have any non white friends. First of all the area I live in is mainly white, secondly im not into the whole ghetto, gangster, swag yolo thing which (no racist) most black guys are into.
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    pazzy said
    MrAesthetic saidI can confirm I don't have any non white friends. First of all the area I live in is mainly white, secondly im not into the whole ghetto, gangster, swag yolo thing which (no racist) most black guys are into.



    no, that's racist, breh. keep your ignorance to yourself. i'm pretty sure folks wouldn't want to be down with you either because you're an asshole. you're seriously mistakening if you think folks would be upset or bothered if you wouldn't want to be associated with them and your line of ignorance. no one is missing out.



    Im not saying there aren't professional black people that act like a normal human being should act but an overwhelming number of black people especially where I live are into the whole swag yolo gangster thing, some what people do this too. Btw I'm actually attracted to black guys.