Comments for: Why is Maine so white? And why does it matter?

Posted Sept. 14, 2012, at 9:59 a.m.
Last modified Sept. 14, 2012, at 6:11 p.m.

AUGUSTA | When 95 percent of the people around you have a different skin color, it’s hard not to notice that you’re different. That reality marks life for people of color who live in Maine. “I recently took my family to an agricultural fair,” said Professor Charles Nero, who …

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  • Anonymous

    I don’t think it has anything to do with us being prejudiced or unwelcoming, I just think the state doesn’t have much of a pull in general in terms of people moving in, especially young people. In fact, many of our most talented young people are leaving the state to find jobs and other opportunities. 

    If we focus on education and jobs for our youth our state will be much better off and increased diversity will be a byproduct of that. 

    • Anonymous

      Not often we agree. I know some young non-Caucasian kids that can’t wait til they reach the age of maturity to move to Boston. “Not only are there more people that look like me but more importantly there is just more to do.” Direct quote from one young man.

    • Anonymous

      As someone who grew up in Maine and left (and I guess I consiter myself talented….I make $ in any case), I could not agree more.  The “more to do” point that Cheesecake makes below is dead on as well.

  • Anonymous

    Answer: no. No it does not matter.  Not at all.

    • Kevin_Of_Bangor

      It matters to me. I would love to have more racial diversity in Maine and the Bangor area.

      • Anonymous

        then move to someplace more racially diverse. pretty simple.

        • Kevin_Of_Bangor

          And you missed the point.

          • Anonymous

            what’s your point? you want bangor more diverse. you can’t force it, so maybe you should go somewhere that is more diverse to fit your desires.
            detroit, atlanta, harlem, boston, new orleans, and most of california are very diverse and i’m sure you’d fit right in.

          • Anonymous

            Kevin could move to Lewiston.  Plenty of diversity there.  Heck, he could go down Lisbon Street between Pine and Chestnut Streets and be one of very few  caucasians on the block…or try Kennedy Park.   

          • Anonymous

             Good idea.  That might knock some sense into him, if you know what I mean–am I being too optimistic?

          • Henderson bobby

            We already have enough poverty . Is this going to fix that issue? was a time when minorities were harder worker on average than the average white person in Bangor . I think that is changing if you look at ohio street in Bangor.  I have great respect for people who want to get an education and work hard . I have little respect for people of any color who do not even try. Granted most the issue we have not are white people . More in 50% minorities to this poor area and that will change . 

          • Anonymous

            That’s exactly right.  Can you imagine the courage, focus, determination it takes to migrate with your family from a third world country?

            No welfare couch potatoes are making that journey.  Our nation is blessed by their determination.  

          • Henderson bobby

            Yes this may be true for some. Some are dead beats from the states to get welfare and sell drugs. 

          • Anonymous

             It’s not an economic issue, it’s a cultural one. People bring their culture with them and dilute ours, or at worst create strife, like what happened in England.

          • Anonymous

            A blatantly racist reply.

          • Anonymous

            “And you missed the point.”
            So did I.

            Why would you love it ?
            What does it matter ?
            In a free market you get what you get,sometimes.
            How would you engineer the changes that you desire in an area with high unemployment?
            Buy some and ship them here ?
            Well, what then … and why bother. ?

            How does Maine compared to our real neighbors, Quebec, N.B.,
            and N.S. ?

            Oh, and aren’t Francophones “diversity” in America anymore , chere ?
            Where are they on the graphs ?

            Oh…. THE DATA has no place for our reality… so the data is not diverse.
            really, is it ?

        • Anonymous

          agrees

        • Anonymous

          nice to see you’re not afraid to show your ignorance, your hostility, your lack of acceptance.

        • Sectar114

          The fact that there are so many likes on this makes me want to sadly… :(

      • jdtex

        You could move to Memphis, KC, Boston, Buffalo.  Give it a try and get back with us later for a report.

        • Kevin_Of_Bangor

          And you missed it as well.

          • You like to think you are so cutting edge.  so on top of things.  Actually you come off as a smug know-it-all.
             
            You say we “missed your point.” but then fail to indicate where point that is.  I suspect on the top of your head.

            You say you are not happy with Bangor’s level of diversity.  People suggest you move to an area which is more diverse.

            Really Kev are you so young that you still believe the world will change to fit your needs?

            Good luck with that kid.

          • This Charming Man

            Actually, he’s been respectful and you’ve been remarkably rude and insulting.

            He just said he’d like to see a little more diversity in Bangor.  You told him to move, and reference people’s posts that imply diversity is a bad thing everywhere.

            I’m embarrassed for you.

          • Anonymous

            You shouldn’t be. He actually hit the nail on the head with Kevin, and his daily jibber jabber.

          • Anonymous

             You are so right.   So is Mark.  This guy makes me want to avoid reading the comments.

          • Kevin_Of_Bangor

            Would you like to be the gatekeeper?

          • Anonymous

            How is hoping for more diversity than has occurred naturally any different than being the self- appointed gatekeeper , Kevin ? 

            Given that people are free to come and go, why isn’t the number that decide to stay and live in this community just about perfect in a free society ?

            Never mind who is the gate keeper,  who would be the social engineers, 
            and toward what of the many possible different anti-freedom agendas would engineer changing the actual results of individual liberty ?

          • Kevin_Of_Bangor

            There are many days I do not comment on anything so you might want to change your choice of words.

          • Anonymous

            Make it ALL days and make us all happy

          • Anonymous

            not really, he is pretty smarmy!

          • Anonymous

            DUH

          • Kevin_Of_Bangor

            Trolls such as you and others are not worth my time. Enjoy your weekend.

          • You’re way above that, right?  *cough*

          • Kevin_Of_Bangor

            Yes, I am. Thank you very little. I’m sure you will also get some more likes. I do have a large crowd that loves me dearly. Maybe I’ll start a cult.

            Would you like to be the keymaster?

          • You’re wit is exceeded only by your humility.  You’re obviously your own biggest fan.

          • Kevin_Of_Bangor

            Well if I’m going to lead a cult I do need to be a self centered bung hole.

          • Anonymous

            today, on this article I am Kevins biggest fan.  

                                                          right on KoB.

          • Anonymous

            Seriously,  given that people are free to come and go, why isn’t the number that decide to stay and live in this community just about perfect in a free society ?

          • Anonymous

            of course.  no argument from at all on that point.

          • Anonymous

            Perhaps people of other cultures stay away not only because Maine’s economy is very bad and good paying jobs are scarce but also perhaps they have heard of how prejudiced and ignorant many Mainers are regarding even “people from away”.  Mark, your post makes many assumptions about what Kevin saying and what he should do (“fail to indicate where point that is”). Your demeanor does not suggest a willingness to understand. You define who he is, what he is doing and what he is about when you say “You like to think you are so cutting edge. so on top of things.” Really? Are you him? Do you read minds? Do you even know him in real life? Your posting exemplifies the ignorance and prejudice to which I refer, thank you for providing such a clear example.

      • Anonymous

        I could care less about diversity.  I just want the majority of the people in my community to have good character.  What color package that good character comes in doesn’t matter.

        • Kevin_Of_Bangor

          I care about diversity. It brings in a lot of good but so many people are missing that point. Makes me wonder how many in Maine have truly lived in a diverse world, seems not a lot have.

          • Anonymous

            I don’t have a problem with diversity, it’s just that it’s something that can’t really be controlled (nor should it be) in a state like this.  It is what it is.  I’ll admit, I grew up and live in an area where eight generations of my family have lived.

          • Kevin_Of_Bangor

            At least you have an open mind, that is more than I can type about others.

          • Anonymous

            I care about diversity. It brings in a lot of good  What planet are you from??????

          • Kevin_Of_Bangor

            Kolob

          • BOOM GOES THE DYNOMITE!!

          • Kevin_Of_Bangor

            Roll up the window, you are letting all the stank out.

          • Anonymous

            I don’t want diversity if they all look like gangsters.  I could handle some professional looking diversity.

          • Anonymous

            Then perhaps Mainers should set the example, set the culture. Currently, Mainers exemplify drugs, domestic violence, robbery, murder (especially of infant children), welfare abuse, you name it. If others move here are Mainers prepared to be good stewards of their fair state to set the tone for behavior and morals? I doubt it. Most already don’t and change is not easy to inspire.

          • Anonymous

            There is a reason I live in Maine. I like it just the way it is. Call me close minded.

          • Kevin_Of_Bangor

            How about racist, can I call you that?

          • Anonymous

            you have to many comments get a hobby OH i just got it this is your hobby.

          • Kevin_Of_Bangor

            Is that the best you can do with your poor use of grammar?

          • Anonymous

            some people are passionate about justice, kudos to Kevin for taking a stand.

          • Anonymous

            If that inflates you leftist smug ego, go right ahead. I’m comfortable with who I am. I’m not a racist, but don’t believe anyone of any background or color including white should be migrating to Maine just for the sake of enhanced diversity, or jumping on the welfare wagon and dragging all their criminal behaviors with them. We already have our fair share of that. If someone wants to move here and lead a productive life regardless of color, so be it. Call me what you want. I am what I am. 

          • Kevin_Of_Bangor

            You are a racist.

          • Anonymous

            you need to move on

          • When all else fails, call someone a racist.  Then claim superiority.  High five!

          • Anonymous

            have you been to the welfare office?  downtown Bangor?  That would be white trash on the streets, there bobo.

            White trash on the couches
            White trash at the methadone clinics
            White trash dumping water on the streets for food stamp fraud
            White trash killing nuns
            White trash beating their gramma’s
            White trash getting drunk and letting their dog eat the baby…

            shall I go on with what white people have done in Maine.

            Please.  save your sanctimony.

          • Anonymous

            singlemindedgirl, you talk about white trash, minorities do the same things only more of and more often!!!!!! I love my COUNTRY!! if you don”T love it LEAVE IT!! btw thats my screen name and vanilla is not spelled vnilla. hello!!

          • Anonymous

            ‘more often’?

            Let’s all look in the mirror, shall we? Before we point the finger.

            Equal opportunity trash, it’s what our country is all about.

            Btw, Gorilla has two L’s. 

          • Kevin_Of_Bangor

            That post just proved you are a racist.

          • Anonymous

            “. How about racist, can I call you that?”

            No.
            Even if his is one, his point is valid relative to the nature of freedom and it results being the reality in an open society.
             
            You are being silly looking for what is not there.
            I wonder what is the point of the article….
            NEWSFLASH…. White People Live in ME, NH VT… , anyway ?

            To whom is THAT news, and why make it an issue, Kevin ? 
            I don’t understand doing that.
            It just the reality.
            So am I a racist, too, now, as you try to make an issue out of just the natural demographics in our free society ?

          • Anonymous

            or you what a joke are you for real

          • Anonymous

             What usually brings in new people or diverse people to any place is opportunity. With jobs in general down that has slowed down but with Maine’s demo there will be a big influx as people retire over the next 10 years or so. in southern maine most of the diversity has been led by political refugees. they will slowly create their own jobs while also competing for the others in the marketplace. as with any group the assimilation will take time.

        • Anonymous

          :)

      • Andy Dufresne

         what and get more of what happened in the shady parking lot to which we still have no answer to what gang caused it?

        • Kevin_Of_Bangor

          And the racist crowd grows.

          • Andy Dufresne

             its not racist if its right…btw my best friend is Ellis Redding…

          • Kevin_Of_Bangor

            You are a racist, you just won’t admit it. Just like a bunch of others in Maine.

          • Anonymous

            Kevy Wevy, your trolling again. I don’t think all of Maine is racist but the truth is most people don’t want to live here, it takes more work then just getting up and going to work or the welfare office. Besides there’s few jobs, and even less jobs that will support you alone, you need two.  Those who do work are fed up with those who don’t.
             You are about the unhappiest miserable piece of work I ever heard of. What makes you so unhappy and why do you want everyone else unhappy? Do you think if everyone is unhappy it’ll making things happy?
             Are you not allowed to have your own way?  Somehow I’ll bet even if you did you’d be even more unhappy.

          • Anonymous

            As you whip them up. Sure.
            I wish you’d  just give it up, because your intolerance is not increasing tolerance.

            Your tilting  at windmills is stroking racism, and shames me as liberal.
            You are being  stereotypical a way that leaves a wet deck for tolerant moderates,
            so feeds extremists and intolerance.

            “Why is Maine so white? And why does it matter?”

            Nope, it just the sum total effect of many acts of  individual liberty. 
            How is that ever wrong in an free and open society ?

          • Anonymous

            I read your comments pretty much daily and it really seems like you don’t have any respect for the state of maine or the people in it. We are not racist, we just don’t try to control others lives. If they don’t want to live here, there isn’t much we can do about it. Maybe they don’t like the cold and snow, maybe there are too many blackflies, maybe there are no jobs, who knows, maybe they just don’t like Maine. There is plenty of diversity here, I don’t see what the big deal is.

        • Anonymous

          what makes you think it wasn’t a white person that committed that crime?

          • Andy Dufresne

             im not saying that it wasn’t…i’m saying that from what I think happened was it was a rhode island or mass gang with ties to a national drug syndicate. it could be mexicants or blacks or whites or hell even chinese

      • Anonymous

        Why?   You want to appease your hatred for other races by bossing them around or something?  People are people and your statement is an indication of your inner feelings about other races….  You indeed believe them to be different.  That’s horrible.

      • Anonymous

        one brave voice in sea of zenophobia 

    • Anonymous

      You are of course correct.  Diversity and Race, these are the calling cards of those who wish to classify us, separate us and tell us why we are all different.  It’s just a modern, feel good way for liberals to explain away their racist attitudes.  As Dr. King said “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”  Well Dr. King, your dream is dead, you see, the liberals have their own dream.

      • RJ

        The effort to divide us rather than unite us is (unintentionally? Certainly debatable…) THE story.  Why does the Left focus so much on division & differences rather than trying to find, identify, & celebrate a common American identity?  Myopic, unintelligent, self-serving, & completely missing the point.  Why do these people feel so guilty?  Classic projection & transference behavioral tendencies.

        • RJ

          • Anonymous

            Wow!  You people will use any reason to blame the left for something, anything.  This has nothing to do with the left or the right in our political system. It has to do with the fact that we still notice racial differences amongst us.  When “the first black, first woman, first latino, first whatever” stops making headlines then we will have achieved equality and made it a way of life.  Then illegalsout will be right, it won’t matter at all.

          • RJ

            Nope.  People like YOU “notice racial differences amongst us.”  Thanks for making my point.  You folks are blinded by your racism.  YOU see everything in colors, groups, socio-economic status, ageism, etcetera ad nauseum.  Get the plank out of your OWN eye…

          • Anonymous

            Geez, don’t tell my Hispanic wife how I really am.  Good grief!  I have more equality in my little finger than you could even imagine. I have always championed civil rights and equality for all. In fact this is still a problem for those in our society who don’t fit what the religious right call ‘marriage’. I continue to speak out against this inequality.  I’m old enough, and at the time I lived where it mattered, to take a stand for racial equality when it wasn’t popular.  How dare you!

        • Anonymous

          The left focuses on division because the left has one goal: Anarchy.

      • Anonymous

         Reality check: If we were “all the same” we wouldn’t have all the different cultures that the multi-culturalists like to talk about–we’d have only one. Different races produce different cultures. Throw them all together and you destroy at least one of them.  It’s called “Balkenization”. Look at England today and you see the fragmentation of a centuries-old society into allmost warring factions.

        • Anonymous

          One could argue that you “blend” both cultures making them homogenous.  That isn’t destruction, it is change and change happens to all things that live.  Not to change is to be dead.

        • Anonymous

          Good point.
          Let people come here to learn about our increasing unique culture.
          It’s a traditional seasonally industry, after all.
          Imposed homogenization is the death of cultural diversity.

          • Anonymous

            So now Maine imposes homogenization of our cultures?  Come on.

          • Anonymous

            HUH, HOW ?

      •  Who is John Galt?

  • Anonymous

    why dont you complain about how there are not enough white people in other states we dont have to mention thats because they moved away from high crime areas that were so diverse

  • Kevin_Of_Bangor

    I grew up the minority so I was used to being around black people. When I moved to Maine many moons ago I too was shocked by the amount of white people. I don’t think I saw a black person for over a month and when I did, it was at the mall.

    When I was in the 5th grade the entire school had two white kids, me being one of them but I never felt different and I was never treated different but I can understand culture shock when people move to Maine because I had it myself.

    • County Escapee

      When I grew up near Houlton in the 60’s, We only the French Canadians as ‘different’ and even on a yearly tip to Bangor, I bad never seen a black (only on the news burning Detroit). Then a black man and his white wife moved into our little burg and we found him to be a wonderful and hard working man. What a culture shock for us! Not long later, he was burned in an electrical accident and had skin grafts on one side of his face. All I could think of at the time was the Star Trek episode that had the half black half white face man.

      In Boston, we have had several black friends: One an Army lifer that told me ‘The blacks down South are still shuffling”, and when we traveled down Georgia one year to see him, I could see the different ways of different regions. When he retired up here, it used to be humorous when he’d get admonished by another black friend as “sounding like a n***”!  It’s always a culture shock for any race to change their environs, even to areas where there already are many of theirs. 
      I say Great to anyone that was to come to town, just don’t perpetuate any negative stereotypes. It only gives others ammunition…..

      Convoluted and rambling as usual, sorry.

      • AmbroseBear

        You forgot to mention the Maliseets herded into the Houlton dump. I suppose they weren’t worth a mention as being “different”.

        • County Escapee

          Maybe it’s because Native Americans of any tribe weren’t considered ‘different’ to us. The one Black I mentioned was a shocker to us at the time. 

          (I also don’t remember of any “herding” ofanybody anywhere when I was growing up; all the ‘Indians” I knew lived in their own homes including one couple that 35 years later , I still call every two months.)

  • Anonymous

    Seems to me that if people want to move here, they’ll move here. I feel no need to apologize for the diversity or lack thereof.

     I grew up in Caribou in a time when Loring was a large part of the community.   Diversity was ODDLY plentiful due to the base. A VERY few even stayed and retired in the area.

     I just don’t know what to tell ya guys. What are we supposed to do? Drag people to  Maine? We are out of the way. it’s not as though minorities are taking a trip, pass through and say, “wow, I really like Maine, Think i’ll move here”

    I don’t feel guilty for being caucasion. I was born this way. I don’t judge others by the color of their skin. Not much else I can do.

    • Anonymous

      I agree Greg!  Same with DownEast.  We had the Winter harbor/Corea Navy base.

      Maybe the people aren’t moving here because there is nothing for them!  There are no opportunities here and gas is .20c higher than the nat’l avg.!

      • Anonymous

        Just have to say we should worry more about who’s LEAVING the state, not who’s not moving here. It’s all said in your “There’s nothing for them”! No wonder the college kids haul arse for the far horizons first chance they get

        • Anonymous

          You just nailed it on the head. Not only the college grads but HS grads. 100 years ago Calais and Eastport had populations well over 10k. Today Calais is well under 4k and Eastport property is mostly owned by people from away who are only here for the summer.

    • Anonymous

      It’s not about diversity of skin color, but the diversity of culture, of ideas.  I love Maine, it’s home, I’m white.  But I will say this:  if you really want to know your own culture, see it through the lens of another.  For instance, it was a Jamaican grandfather that told me about family values.  They don’t have a welfare problem there;  they have families. 

      Maybe we could learn something from people who don’t look like us.  Hard to imagine, tho, after reading the comments here.

      • Anonymous

        If you are so in love with Maine, why are you living in Florida?

        • Anonymous

          I live in Old Town.  thanks for paying attention, though.

      • Anonymous

        I think the problem here is not about the lack of racial or cultural mix. We can readily learn about other cultures through the media and some exposure elsewhere. What I’m afraid of here is government intervention, more precisely,  social engineering to create a culture, particularly a liberal one. That’s not the purpose of government, which is far too big and intrusive.

        • Anonymous

          No, I disagree, learning from your neighbors is not the same as seeing it on TV…

          government engineering??  

          c’mon now.  These people can’t balance a budget…engineering?  pleeeez.

      • Anonymous

        Oh I don’t disagree. I’ve lived in several areas of the country.  

         You can find celebration of different cultures within Maine but you have to look for it. Maine will never be confused with New York . Other then Portland I doubt you’ll find a Kosher deli. You can find celebrations of the Swedes if you travel up north. The French in the North and the southern parts of Maine. I attended a Slovak Church in Lisbon falls as a teen.  You can find Mexican Immigrant workers in the County. Particularly this time of the year. But there is nothing to apologize for. Maine is located in the most northeastern point in the is country. Work isn’t plentiful.  The weather isn’t the best . I can see no suggestion  or idea that is going to turn on some light in an African American Community suggesting they migrate to Maine. Can you? 

         Point is, criticizing people for saying, “Hey, we’re fine the way we are” is unfair. If a black family happens to move into the area all that can be hoped for  is for them to be treated as just another family on the block. Would you have it differently? I wouldn’t .Beyond that MOST, (I realize there are a few racist in the mix) are saying is that they just live their lives and there don’t happen to be a lot of African Americans here. They still go to work and pay bills everyday regardless of how many minorities live in town. Not much they can do about it. And they probably don’t spend a lot of time thinking about it.

        Gotta tell ya. My favorite celebration of culture is the culture of THE FARMER in Sun Prairie Wisconsin. It’s the SUN PRAIRIE CORN FESTIVAL. Eat all the corn you can for five bucks YUM. Ever throw a COWCHIP? That’s fun. (Kinda slimey and disgusting, but fun)

        Here in Maine we have a similar celebration of , once again, THE FARMER. In Fort Fairfield Known as the Potato Blossom festival. Ever Pick Potatoes? That’s a culture all by itself.

        Then you’ve got the coastal culture of The Lobsterman and the clam diggers and fisherman. You don’t think they’re any different then you don’t know any of them.

        You’ve got “Downeasters” that use the word, “Ayup” and are some of the most laid back people I have ever encountered.

        “CULTURE” kinda sorta means one’s way of life. Plenty of diversity in the state if you go by those standards

        By the way, i’m a lot closer to being a metro-sexual then I am a farmer or a lobsterman . But those guys represent REAL Americana.

        One last point. I would LOVE to be in area that I could see a true Broadway show. Or a professional sporting event. But knowing people that “look different” doesn’t make one any better or worse of a person. Just being around people with depth and morals is good enough. Regardless of what color they are.

        • Anonymous

          :) 

          so glad you took the time to reply.

  • Anonymous

    I think we could all learn from Pious Ali. Among other things, he is quoted as  saying: “The responsibility to reach out doesn’t just rest with Mainers, according to Ali. “People who move here must reach out, too, and work to understand the culture and the society,” he said.” I’m a little tired of the drum-beat in the media that we “Maine-iacs” should be ashamed of who we are. Perhaps in the past some in Maine fought to maintain its “whiteness”, but I don’t believe that’s true now.  And I can tell you that I have been in places in this country where my “whiteness” made me nervous. On a couple of occasions I have been told, by black persons, that I shouldn’t be walking around where I was. The point is that tolerance has to be a two-way street.

    I don’t believe that “multiculturalism” is inherently all good or all  bad; it’s just something that’s happening and will continue to happen. I don’t believe anyone should be forced to participate in social experiments just to please people who believe in such things. I just read somewhere a couple days ago that Laredo, TX, is now over 95%  “Hispanic”. Will that city be cited as lacking in “multiculturalism”?  

    Just as Maine is “open for business”, it’s open to anyone who wants to come here and be a responsible resident, regardless of ethnicity.

    • Anonymous

      exactly but there are some who would destroy our way of life,where is the aclu outrage that laredo  dont have more whites

    • Anonymous

      multiculturalism isn’t necessarily a bad thing. america was built on that ideal. New York was built by immigrants from many countries. we are the “melting pot” of the world. but that makes us unique in the fact that we assimilate into the culture that is america.

      on the other hand, multi-culturalism in areas that already had an established culture, like France, Germany, Switzerland, Sweden, Italy, is a terrible idea.

      you ruin the culture that made the country unique and desirable. 
      so it has been with Europe.
      the cultures have all been tarnished or destroyed by the liberal idea of multi-culturalism.

      • Anonymous

        Then quit screeching when people identify as African American or Canadian America, etc. There is nothing wrong with having pride in who we are and where our families came from. 

        • Anonymous

          except that if you come to america to make it your home, then you need to accept the culture. 
          if you immigrate to french, you don’t try to make it the place that you just left, you integrate into their culture, not try to change it.

          • Anonymous

            Doesn’t matter, that has nothing to do with anything. I’m Acadian. My people have been in this area for hundreds of years. I’m proud of my culture and heritage and I’m not going to abandon it because it upsets bigots. 

      • Anonymous

        You must be a former member of “the aerian Race”  How are you going to handle the fact that more Hispanic babies are born in the U.S. than White?  Think of it.  Pretty soon you will be the minority in your own little world! Good Luck with that.  Maybe you will learn a few things about the people you look down on now.

        • Anonymous

          can they afford their children? if so, then awesome!
          if not, and we’re paying the tab for their kids, then they can gtfo.

  • Anonymous

    Ask the state about the office of multi cultural affairs, and about thier tribal liason, I would like to speak with one of them.

  • Yes, it matters. I’ve had some really uncomfortable experiences, but ultimately I agree with pious that most white  people I’ve encountered in Maine are warm-hearted. However, those same well-intentioned people often assume I fit into the stereotype of black women promoted by mass media. They are ignorant of the diversity of ideas and experiences that exist within minority cultures simply because of lack of exposure. I am often “othered” or “exoticized,” whether or not it is done on purpose. The low percentage of diverse populations matters because if you learn everything you know about a different ethnic group from TV, then you are less likely to relate them.

    • Lady I’ve lived here 32 years and I’m still not an “insider” Maine natives don’t let anyone (no matter their race, color or place of birth) in easily.  If you weren’t born here you will always be an “outsider” (or as you say “othered”) 

      •  Sir, I didn’t say that I wanted to be treated like an insider.

        I’m not othered because I’m from away. The assumption that I listen to rap music isn’t because I lived in Cambridge. Strangers grabbing my hair without even a “hello” isn’t because I was born in California. The othering is intrinsically linked to the color of my skin and it’s problematic.

        Further, I haven’t experienced native Mainers of color exhibiting those behaviors. It’s clearly an issue of race. Specifically, these behaviors reflect a lack of exposure. Which brings me to my original point: it’s harder to relate to people you don’t interact with.

        • Anonymous

          technically, we’re all part of the human “race” so really, there is no such thing as racism, just bias.

          • Race is a social construct, sure.

          • Anonymous

            african-american is a social construct, a group that has been defined as anyone that is black.  a complete fallacy that is created by the liberals to keep us all divided and segregated. and people buy into it. sad really.

          • Anonymous

            What planet are you operating on? Liberals manufactured this? So those 1/8th, 1/16th, 1/32th laws in history were created at the hands of liberals? Get real. 

          • Just because race is generally a social construct doesn’t invalidate it’s use to understand how people identify themselves or their history. “African-American” as a term came into use as a way to describe black people that referred to our ancestry, not the color of our skin. It was championed by some black people, not just any random liberals. And yeah, it doesn’t literally describe every black person in America nor does every black person in America use it to describe themselves. But so what? I am second-generation Jamaican and my mother is a white woman of French, Greek, and German heritage. I don’t care so much about the exact term used to describe me… it’s more about the context.

          • Anonymous

            so as i’ve said before, can i classify myself as “italian-american”
            ?
            will i get a special spot on the census form?
            some special programs just for us italian americans?
            maybe even our own tv channel?
            IET
            italian entertainment television.

            just saying, the liberals like to group everyone together and by doing so exercise the highest form of racism that they claim to be against and site that segregation doesn’t exist.

          • Anonymous

            Italian american is still white, french american is still white…people see me, and they see someone who is white.  Whether or not you understand it, see it, or agree with it, the fact is that I won’t experience the racism that the minority populations deal with daily – is that her car? is she going to shoplift? I bet she likes a certain type of food or music, etc.  – 
            because I am white.    

            Offensive stereotypes are perpetuated by lack of diversity in the state and are further perpetuated by the way people are portrayed on tv, in movies, and in music.  

          • Anonymous

            how is italian american white?
            i have olive skin,
            almost as much as “spanish-american”/latino skin.

            and you’re wrong, offensive stereotypes are perpetuated by the behavior of groups of individuals and the people that cater to special groups of individuals.

          • Anonymous

            My skin is olive too, but I will always be seen as white.  “Offensive stereotypes are perpetuated by behavior of groups that cater…”  how?  examples?

          • Anonymous

            Gotta be honest. In music, minorities have a bad habit of perpetuating the stereotypes all by themselves.

             Demeaning women and referring to themselves by a slave word that they REALLY need to get rid of. 

          • Offensive stereotypes are perpetuated by lack of diversity?  That’s rich. New York City has possibly the most diverse population in the USA and offensive stereotypes abound.

          • Anonymous

            bs- stop blaming liberals for your own shortcomings- do we need to cite conservative bias?
            ” people buy into it. sad really.” kinda like you and liberals, right?

          • Anonymous

            my own shortcomings?

            Sorry if i don’t buy into the special-interest liberal idea of “african-american”
            because really, there is no such thing.

          • Kevin_Of_Bangor

            You are wasting your time with it Marena, just ignore it. I know it is hard to do but trust me on this one. It is not with your time.

        • Anonymous

          Marena I’m curious as to whether it was the older or younger generation with whom you’ve had these experiences.  I was born and raised here and have seen and heard some of what the older generations believe, most of which isn’t going to change sadly.  But with the younger generation I’ve noticed many gaps have been closed because ideas, technology, and travel are not as closed off to the north as they once were.  In regards to people grabbing your hair, I can perfectly understand that actually.  People like to do that with my misses and I’s tattoos.  It’s ignorant as hell and a good way for a person to get whacked.

        •  Oh gee life is tough.  I’ve heard the word “Jew” used as a verb so often it has ceased to faze me.  I listen constantly to the banter about cheapness, murdering Jesus, and taking over the banking industry. I sure wish I was one of the folks they were talking about as I’d have a bunch more sheckles to hoard. 

          I (for one) would never assume that an adult would listen to “Rap’ music, or that a person of Irish ancestry  would necessarily drink, or that an Italian (by virtue of their ethnic background) is involved in organized crime.  I also do not know any Maine natives who would touch a person they did not know to feel her hair.  That is also a misleading stereotype.

      • Anonymous

        My wife was born in Arizona when her Dad was stationed there in the Air Force. She’ll never be a Mainer-she swells up when a Mosquito bites her-that’s the real test. No natural defenses  to protect her. A flatlander for life!

        • Anonymous

          Now that’s funny.

      • There seems to be a major lack of cohesion within this discussion board, maybe someone who was born and raised here, whose parents were born and raised here, and whose grandparents were born and raised here can shed some light.
        Yes, there exists racism and racial bias in this state, which unfortunately (but generally true) occurs when a from birth there is a lack of cultural understanding and exposure. People in rural communities generally find it more difficult to adapt or accept new members into their community, whether due to ignorance, fear or racism I don’t know. The number of times I have heard white Mainers complain about the recent (20 year) influx of immigrants is too many to mention.
        Now, that does not mean that all Mainers feel that way, most people in Maine treat their neighbors the same way they would want to be treated; or at least try to. The Mainers I want representing me see an opportunity for learning new things, for enjoying new foods, and for a viewpoint on the world which may expand and broaden their own.
        Regarding the accusation that there exists a liberal ploy to exacerbate the racial divide in this country I have only one thing to say: Denying the existence (and natural human tendency toward) of racial or cultural biasing does not make it go away.
        A simple sociological test: The next time you see someone driving a truck with a Confederate flag ask them if they are right or left leaning. The next time you see a bi-racial couple or a person with an adopted child of a different race ask them the same thing.
        During his speech at the DNC President Bill Clinton told the crowd, “You see, we believe that `We’re all in this together’ is a far better philosophy than `You’re on your own.'”
        Here in lies the difference in approach to the issue of racial tension. The liberals know the problem won’t just disappear and we all need to work PROACTIVELY toward a solution, while conservatives believe that if you ignore them long enough they will go away.

    • Anonymous

       . . . ultimately I agree . . . .that most people I’ve encountered that have moved to Maine are warm-hearted. However, those same well-intentioned people from away often assume I fit into the stereotype of white Mainer promoted by mass media. They are ignorant of the diversity of ideas and experiences that exist within Maine culture simply because of lack of exposure. I am often “othered” whether or not it is done on purpose. The low percentage of  people from away who approach moving to Maine with an open mind and willingness to learn about  Maine culture and history matters, because if you learn everything you know about a state from TV, then you are less likely to relate to it and dismiss the people who live there as white, ignorant and biased.

      Ok, just trying to point out that people who move here very often don’t make any attempt to understand our culture, history, and diversity.  Calling us the “whitest state” is dismissive and misses the point. It’s like going to Washington DC and being upset that so many people are black.

  • Anonymous

    The answer is the same no matter what color you are,  it’s not rocket science:  it’s due to  our State Liberal Government that was in the majority for 40+ years and their policies  that drove out  good jobs.  I hope people will realize the recent change in Augusta is not gonna be a quick  fix for our economy, this requires time. Many of the new laws that will help our economy have started but many still won’t come into effect until 2013, and so on and so forth. We are on the right economic policy path finally.  If you want diversity in this State and a good paying job let the Republicans stay in the majority in Augusta.

  • Anonymous

    on another note, one of the main reasons that anyone is coming here is because of our generous welfare programs.
    And the fact that the only “immigrant resettlement” organization in Maine, Catholic Charities, gets money from the government to resettle people here. so it was in their best interests to welcome 20,000 people from Atlanta to come collect from the taxpayers.

    • Catholic Charities, is not “the only immigrant resettlement organization in Maine.” The lutheran’s brought the first Somolais to Lewiston. 

      I have no problem with U.S. citizens moving or living where they choose.  I have a BIG problem with organizations who attempt to “correct” what they precieve as imbalances by importing foreigners into worn-out old mill towns, where jobs are already scarce and paychecks are small. This is a prescription for violence striff and discontent. 

      • Anonymous

         You are on a roll! I may become your biggest fan. It is true, I do not think we need to import from other countries.

    • jdtex

      Thanks for having the courage to say it like it is.

    •  Actually, I moved here to participate in the AmeriCorps VISTA program. That is, I volunteered to work in a Portland-based non-profit to fight poverty in Maine. I stayed to start a family. None of which involved welfare.

      • Anonymous

        I applaud your transition to this state. I think that we need more people like you here.

        •  There are a lot of people like me here. The idea that people are coming to Maine just for welfare is a myth. A harmful one at that, when attached to the stereotype of the “unskilled immigrant” who just happens to be African.

          • Anonymous

            It’s not a myth. it even says it in the “somali migration” article.

          • Kevin_Of_Bangor

            Do you enjoy being a racist?

    • Anonymous

      Boy, That song is getting old! About time to learn a new one?

    • Anonymous

      I can see you have never been on welfare.  Trust me, people on welfare don’t migrate to other states.  They barely can make it until the end of the week.

    • Anonymous

       Could you be specific about this alledged 20,000 people? when did they come here and where are they living? however you are right that any general assistance given is the biggest controversy with this program.

  • Anonymous

    Black Bangor:African Americans in a Maine Community, 1880-1950 is an interesting study of blacks living in Bangor during that 70 year time period. Around 300 individuals called Bangor home at one time. Amazon has the book. It was published in 2005. 

  • Anonymous

    Greg hits the nail on the head with his comments.  If people of color want to move to Maine they are free to do so.  Lots of people do not live in Maine because of the lack of good jobs and because of the long winters. 

  • Almost agree:  How about US citizens be required to put the “American” first as in : American-German/Swedish/British/Swiss/Swedish/native/Dutch? (which is what I am.) I definately believe our President should refer to himself as either “American” or American-Kenyn

    • Anonymous

       Another great thought!

  • Anonymous

     I am with you!

  • Interestingly a fair number of our children, after a college experience away, later choose not to return to Maine because they come to appreciate, value, and prefer diversity. Opening our Maine ‘state of mind’ in how we accept and learn from others might encourage greater diversity in the long run that would enrich our lives both with that diversity and with our own children deciding to make Maine their home. Additionally, those dynamics can make Maine attractive to entrepreneurs and businesses that see diversity as assets.

    • Anonymous

      or perhaps it’s because there’s no jobs, long winters, high taxes, the desire to be away from mommy and daddy, and the desire to remain close to their friends that keep them from coming back?

    • Anonymous

      I don’t believe it’s the “diversity” . I think it’s the lack of culture throughout most of Maine that College grads realize exists in the State. Maine is made up of very simple people with simple tastes. I don’t mean simple is a derogatory fashion.  What I mean is 4 wheeling is more popular then a night out with a musical will ever be.   So the cultural options are VERY limited.

    • They leave for the money pure and simple just like the Europene explorers who first settled here.

  • Anonymous

    to everyone that wonders why there’s not more people here and why the kids are leaving,
    I’m sure they totally want to move and live in a place that has few good jobs, a crumbling economy, one of the highest tax burdens, one of the coldest states, with some of the highest taxes, the oldest population, and the least business friendly in the region.

    • Anonymous

      Which kids are you speaking to that are complaining about Maine’s high taxes and unfriendly business climate? Are you sure you’re not talking about your own complaints? 

      • Anonymous

         Kids are smarter than you think.

        • Anonymous

          Those aren’t the complaints of kids leaving the state, as you’ve already indicated yourself. Kids having different complaints than the ones I believe AL is projecting onto them doesn’t make them not smart either. 

          • Anonymous

            um, no that’s pretty much the complaints of “kids”

            there’s nothing to do here, 
            there are no jobs, 
            few options for education, 
            the taxes are high and the quality of life sucks.
            there are no good places to hang out.
            It’s bitterly cold,
            the list goes on.

          • Anonymous

            LOL, yeah, kids are complaining “hey guys, just too high of a taxation rate and the business climate is so unfriendly! let’s move to Boston…”

            You’re full of garbage. 

          • Anonymous

            Well, I’ve spent my life in garbage and find your statement prejoritive of my Italian predessors.

            AND boht my kids moved to Florida for the afformentioned reasons.

          • Anonymous

            Yeah, make light of actual cultural offensives, that should help your argument…..lol

            Your kids aren’t the rule. Maine isn’t this conservative state breeding children that are screaming about taxes that are too high and Defense spending that isn’t high enough. So maybe you taught your kids that and maybe that is the actual reason they moved (maybe, but I don’t honestly believe you), but they don’t make up the majority. 

            Kids are leaving for increased opportunity and increased diversity. A kid doesn’t graduate in Maine, get an amazing job and then say “oh boy, the income tax on my huge salary is too much, I gotta get out of here!” You guys claiming that are, like I said, full of garbage. 

            There aren’t great jobs here and there isn’t much to offer outside of that either. It’s fine if you personally believe Maine has too high of taxes and the business climate isn’t warm enough, but quit pretending like that’s what high school and college graduates are complaining about. It’s so obvious what you’re doing and really, it’s just pathetic. 

          • Anonymous

            I graduated from college 3 years ago, spent a year working and then have been working on and off wherever I could find work in this state since.  I was planning on moving until I had a major life change last year because there’s no opportunities, the tax rates are high, a college education here is useless (and no I didn’t study some far fetched major) and starting a business here requires a person to jump through so many loopholes you begin to wonder what the point is.  Liberal/conservative talking points aside, Maine is a wonderful place to grow up and live but if you want to make a living you’re better off moving sadly.

          • Anonymous

            I think the real problem is they don’t get that “amazing job” They don’t exist north of Portland.

             I agree HS kids certainly aren’t thinking about taxes but The college kids looking to a degree in something beyond Liberal arts are thinking about their future. If your are looking at a career then you’re looking at where you can most benefit. 

      • Anonymous

        “kids” as in our children, the college grads that flee the state in flocks looking for a better life.

        • Anonymous

          They’re not complaining about what you are claiming they are. Those are your complaints, not theirs. 

          • Anonymous

            when’s the last time you talked to any of them?
            5 of my friends just moved away for those very reasons.

            too cold,
            nothing to do,
            no good jobs,
            have to work 2 or 3 part time jobs to get by,
            much of their paychecks get taken out, making it even harder to leave,
            not many people their age to hang out with, (oldest population)

      • Anonymous

        Maine has historically had high tax rates for business.

        We have a large state with a small population .

        • Anonymous

          That’s irrelevant. Taxes are not what kids are complaining about and it’s not why they’re leaving the state. 

          • Well don’t you know everything.  You have spoken to all the college aged young folks in Maine?  Or have you conducted a statistical poll? 

            My young people are very aware of the inequitable tax system here, and the way they find out about it is from (you have one guess before I tell you) ME!  I’ve informed my charges that New Hampshire, Texas, Florida will not only give you more for your labor, they will also allow you to keep more of it.

            I like Maine, but had to go away to make enough money to return. 
            I do not have a T.V. and never saw “Fox News.”

          • Anonymous

            They care about jobs and quality of life. They’re not out there like the old bigots that are watching Fox News screaming about too much diversity and too much taxation.

  • MooseheadLake

    The framing of the issue is everything.

    French, German, Dutch, Canadian, Irish, Italian, Romanian, English, and Scandinevian – notice how these groups are just labeled as White.

    Amazing how the argument is conveniently promoted as all White people are the same when that couldn’t be farther from the truth.

    Just Amazing.

    .

    • Anonymous

      And also (dare I say it) racist?

      Oh!  Sorry, (by current liberal – and minority rules) only white people can be racists!

  • Greg Vigue

    Why has this subject become such an issue lately in Maine ? Is the BDN having problems finding more important news to write about. It appears they are trying to stir up racial tensions in the state where most folks are white. Let it be, regardless of the skin color Mainers will treat and judge all races on their behavior .

    • Anonymous

      maybe they hired a reporter from the sun journal.

    • Anonymous

      Greg, In light of recent census data I think its a fair question. I don’t think it will stir up anything except a healthy introspective look at who we are. 

  • Liberal Soup N Crackers

    Maine people must really be evil and racist to be so white.

    • Anonymous

      more white guilt…
      it’s our fault of course.

      • Liberal Soup N Crackers

        I am so racist I make blond whoopie pies.

  •  Maine is wonderful, and most Maine people have a rough around the edges character to them that stems from the multi-generational culture that is this state. There is often a feel that a “true” Mainer must be born here, and further more your family should have at least a couple generations and been involved in small business somewhere along the way. It is more a right of passage- we deserve our summers because we struggle through our winters, as anyone who remembers the ice storm of 98′ and every other ice storm can remember. I was born here, and my great grandfather owned a business in Gardiner, Maine, I’m a Mainer and diversity is needed here. We need to stop justifying our ‘whiteness’ and recognize that we do not ever feel out of place here on a systematic scale. The “if you don’t like it leave” attitude needs to be dropped, instead we should ask “why don’t you like it here?” Then we may learn something about ourselves and our state that would improve our communities, perhaps improve our economy. If the reason a minority group doesn’t spend money in the state is because we don’t have a Halal market, then someone should open one like has been done in Portland. This improves the economy, increases the participation of a community  The issue of drawing more people and better diversity (which is GOOD FOR A COMMUNITY), is that Maine has incredibly high living expenses in relation to the number of job opportunities, most, including myself, cannot afford to live off of just one job. I mean career jobs, not just another Hollywood slots or Wal-Mart offering minimum wage with no benefits.

    And to the person(s) who have implied that white persons moved out of other places to avoid crime:
    Crime rates have little to do with race and much more to do with systematic poverty. Look at the crime rates of some of the poorest white communities in this state and compare them with a more diverse community like Portland, and account for number of persons. That comment is racist and shows a fundamental lack of understanding about crime, community, race, and poverty.

    • Anonymous

      Short list. Long cold winters. few well paying jobs. Few cultural options. Pretty simple really.  It’s cold, there aren’t many good jobs, and not a lot to do.

      • Anonymous

        Are you suggesting we in the Marjority are: Shivering, poor, lazy & bored?
        Good catch.

        • Anonymous

          I’m sorry, Didn’t insinuate that we are lazy.

           The other stuff, Well…..

    • MooseheadLake

      “We need to Stop Justifiying Our Whiteness?”

      California is the place you ought to be.  Load up your Prius and move to Beverly.

      Do Blacks have to justify their Blackness?  or Do Black Cities need to justify their Blackness.

      As I recall with New Orleans, a chocolate city, it was said with Pride and reverence.

      Why shouldn’t Maine be the same?

      • I don’t own a prius for one. Two, no, California isn’t the place I ought to be. You know absolutely nothing about me, and thus your attempt at petty and poorly constructed insults instead of an actual intellectual response to rebut any part of my argument is trite and boring.

        Everyone who read this and got upset about being picked on for being white completely missed the point. As a persons of our varying European descent, we are pretty indistinguishable from one another as far as our cultural background and benefit from a universal visual collective. This is not true of other minorities. When I am looked upon, people cannot immediately mark me as different or treat me differently according to my race because I am indistinguishable for the most part from other European races, even though I am not ethnically caucasion, I benefit from the systematic idea of “white” because it is partly performative. Also, if you think that there isn’t any kind of justification or tension within the African-American communities of America, you are severely lacking in information. Not every ethnic group from Africa is the same, so by you lumping together the incredibly diverse diaspora that is persons of the various African descent as one group of persons justifying “their Blackness,” you are in essence negating your own argument about disliking being lumped into one collective group called “white.”

        • Your supposition that people are upset about being picked on for being white misses the point. It may be their response to the last part of the article’s title: ” And why does it matter?” Culture should be allowed to evolve without any intervention from government.

        • Spoken like a true bigot.  There are different groups among “whites”  (come on, have you seen any  white” people?) I cringe everytime someone uses “Jew” as a verb.  I’m sure others don’t like “Welch on a bet” “That’s so gay” “What are you French?” or the dumb Polish jokes, the paddy wagon references to Irish drunks, or the Idea that all Italians belong to the Maffia.

          As for differences, if you really knew anything about “diversity” you would know that different groups of caucasians have different physical features.  Swedes are called “square heads” for a reason. Germans tend to be short and heavy. Polacks tend to have long arms, and that curly black hair on Sicilian Italians is from their intermingling with North Africa’s population for most of their 2,500 year history.

          I know all this because I went to a “diverse” junior high where boys and girls were supremely aware of “differences.  I was the lone “heeb” the single lone Jew in a 1,200 student school. Funny thing though, being alone makes strange bedfellows.  My single friend happened to be an Arab from Ramallah

          • Anonymous

            Get over it!

      • Anonymous

        I wish I was loading up a Prius with gas rather than my 17 mpg V8 4×4 truck. Ya-those hybrid pilots are real idiots at 55mpg. 

        • Anonymous

          I think the question is, “Why don’t you buy one?”

           Is the answer that you CAN’T AFFORD TO?

          • Anonymous

            Are you asking if I can afford a Prius or MooseheadLake?

          • Anonymous

            Just wondering why you haven’t bought a Prius?

             By the way, gotta tell ya. Anyone I know will tell you they get closer to 40 mpg. Still very good. But not the advertised 55.

  • Anonymous

    “Diversity” is the death of cultures. The game is to destroy western civilization; and demonize whites. Don’t fall for it.   Their weapon is to call you a “hater”. It’s not about hate, it’s about defense of heritage and culture.  Be proud. We are not all the same.  Check out books like, “A Race Against Time”, by Jared Taylor for starters and amren.com. When whites become a minority they will have to fear for their lives.

    • Anonymous

      it already is actually.
      more “minority” babies were born last year in the u.s. than white babies.
      kinda makes you wonder how they afford them all.

      • Anonymous

        The answer is simple: You (and I) pay for them!

    • Anonymous

      By gosh, he’s right, I remember reading that in my New Testament, too! Praise Jesus!

  • MooseheadLake

    .
    There are not enough Czechoslovakians in Maine and our Quality of life suffers for it.

    I think we need to bait and lure Czechoslovakians so I see more in the mall and I have to learn new words when one cuts me off in traffic.   Life is so much better when the Hairdresser is working on the Czech in front of me.   People magazine almost has substance and I hardly ever check my watch in those comfortable chairs in the waiting area.

    Let me rush off and look for the Bangor Daily News article titled “Philadelphia is too black.”

    I think Bangor Disney FairyTales may be more appropriate.

    .

    • Anonymous

      I agree, there aren’t nearly enough czech’s here. It would be really great to see more of them.  

      • Anonymous

         YES Ancient…We can hope that the Czech is in the mail.

    • Liberal Soup N Crackers

      … only Czechoslovakian chicks … Greenville would be so much more attractive with a horde of new Czechoslovakian chicks on the street.

      • MooseheadLake

        What do we tell ’em?

        You are here so some liberals could feel better, here’s a snow shovel.

        .

      • Anonymous

        Geography 101: There are no Czechoslovakians anymore. That country no longer exists: it was partitioned in 1993 into two separate states. Czechs live in the Czech Republic and Slovaks live in Slovakia. But Lib Soup can be assured that both countries have hordes of pretty chicks.

  • David Gregg

    Sooo to the people who wrote or followed this study…..What’s the blackest state in the union?  The most Asian?  The most Half and Half? The stupidest and so on?   Like the title says ….. WHO CARES !

  • Anonymous

    the article headline is ”
    Why Maine is so white? And why does it matter?”

    what would happen if someone wrote an article with the headline of 
    “Why is Detroit so black, and why does it matter”

    might there be a slight double standard here?

    • Anonymous

       you’re right it really is a none issue. the bigger issue is why people move out of maine?
      and as people have sited today it’s youth in general. not a good thing for a ‘olde’ state.
      and that isn’t new either. maine continues to struggle with opportunities to grow it’s popualtion.

  • MooseheadLake

    What do white people vote in the 90 plus percentile for?
    Answer:  Nothing

    Maybe Black people are too homogeneous?   Maybe the Black population needs more Diversity of thought?   Maybe.

    I know new ideas are shocking and there’s no room for that around here.

    .

  • PaulNotBunyan

    Like they’re rushing here to work in our auto plants and steel mills.

  • In my experience I lived in Portland from toddler age to about maybe 7 years old. I lived in westbrook for a couple years and then finished middle school and high school in Buxton/Standish. So there was probably about a 10-11 year gap from when I lived in Portland and then moved back. I did notice more diversity when I moved back. I took a trip to Virginia after my senior year of high school and was of course in culture shock, growing up in Maine we do have some diversity but not as noticeable as some states in our country. Regardless of Maine being a majority of Caucasian I still feel like that has nothing to do with how tolerable we are of other races. Some might blame the fact that the majority of our population is white because we are intolerable people which I feel is not the case. To me a factor may be migration, such as how states like Texas and New Mexico have a high Hispanic population because they are closer to Mexico. It is not a racial stereotype it is just a fact in the migration history of this country. I feel like there is no need to force diversity in our state, there is progress. The fact it is moving at a slow pace shouldn’t really be a concern, the fact it is moving at all should be a good sign. I see everyone’s points on the matter and I respect them all. 

  • This surprisingly was a good article… I didn’t even feel like punching my computer screen after reading it, however…

    I don’t really think we should force diversity at all in the state. We are comfortable with the culture we have here, and it works for us. I have nothing against new people moving in, but we shouldn’t bend over backwards to accommodate them, nor should we be unwelcoming. They should come here and accept our culture as it is.
    I’m more than willing to be accepting of anyone moving in, and I don’t mind them building different religious buildings (just as an example). I’m just saying that we should not make the same mistakes that Europe made which resulted in large migrant populations that are hostile to the host cultures. We should definitely foster a friendship. 

    • Anonymous

      “Large migrant populations that are hostile to the host cultures.”
      unfortunately, that is how the majority of those people are.
      the libs welcome them with open arms, but then the immigrants try to make their host countries into the country they just fled from.
      makes no sense. 
      but it’s not an isolated incident.
      they have done that all over europe and here as well.

      • Anonymous

        “unfortunately, that is how the majority of those people are”
        THOSE people? really?  who are we talking about specifically?

        • Anonymous

          I took him to mean all folks from NJ and bring all their bad habits.
          What did YOU think he mdant?

          • Anonymous

            ” ‘Large migrant populations that are hostile to the host cultures.’
            unfortunately, that is how the majority of those people are.
            the libs welcome them with open arms, but then the immigrants try to make their host countries into the country they just fled from.
            makes no sense. 
            but it’s not an isolated incident.
            they have done that all over europe and here as well.”

            my bad, I didn’t see NJ listed in that comment.  Oops, I still don’t.  looks like “the majority of those people” is a reference to the immigrants, and I was looking for a more specific list of immigrants that AL had experience with in order to make such a comment…but you could be right.  It *could* mean NJ ;)

  • Anonymous

    Massachusetts was the 3rd whitest state in the country in 1998,[ i recall reading the Boston Globe doing a full page article on the subject]. In 2012,just 14 years later, Massachusetts is not even in the top 15 whitest states in the country now.

    Ethnic diversity increases exponentially.

    Considering between 2000 and 2009, the State of  Maine had the highest increase of minorities of all 50 states in the country, per capita,  i can see Maine becoming just as ethnic diverse as other states in the country in relatively short time.

    • You’re kidding right? “Highest increase of minorities of all 50 states in the country?”  The “whitest State” will always have the highest rate of increase (that is percentage increase) because the “increase” is based on past numbers. If you had no minorities in 1999, and one in 2000 that is a 100 percent increase. If you had 47 million immigrants in 1999, and only 469,999,999 in 2000 your immigration rate is said to be dropping.

      Between 2000 and 2009 50 million people moved to the United States LEGALLY.  That is the 3 million plus 20 million with work visas, student visas, and medical visas.  How many of those moved to Maine. 

      The real test is immigration entrance rates, and the big states absorb the majority of that.  California #1 Texas#2 New York#3, Florida#4,  Arizona#5, Nevada#6 New Jersey#7 New Mexico#8 Colorado#9  and Virginia #10,

  • MooseheadLake

    .
    Let’s Make Rich People Move Here and then Tax the Hell out of them!

    That’ll probably bring Jesse Jackson.

    I’m sure he’s a rugged individualist. Not like he’d want a hand out or anything.

    .

  • Anonymous

     How about NO hyphenated Americans at all?  If we live here, we are Americans.  No other descriptor need be applied … and I won’t apologize for living in a less diverse state either.  Every article published seems to have an underlying “it’s all your fault …” tone.  I am not keeping anyone from moving here — period!

  • Anonymous

    It does not matter…come spring we are all albinos…

  • Henderson bobby

    Looks like about half the new people are minorities.  Crime rate for minorities is usually a bit higher than for white people . Is this a good thing? I can only guess it is not. 

    • Anonymous

      Crime rates are different among different white people too. Two of several Boston neighborhoods with high crime rates are the predominately minority sections:Roxbury/Dorchester area, and the predominately white/Irish area, South Boston. There are 4 predominantly  white people areas with low crime rates.

      • Anonymous

        i hear ya, i lived in dorchester & southie

  • The story is offensive in of itself.  Maine is a very tough place to live in, grow produce and manufacture. Maine is one of the most expensive places to live in the country.  Minorities are smart too.  THis article seems to indicate maybe white people are too dumb to move away.  Why would minorities move to a state that is so expensive to live and raise a family.  The cost of living is less in the south.  THe weather is warmer and it costs very little to heat your home in the winter.  You do not need to cool your home in the summer if it is hot-if you choose.  You can grow food almost all year round and jobs are more plentiful.  Maine is a dying state.  Most of the paper mills in the 1970’s were producing their own power and they could make paper cheaply.  The liberals began lobbying to close the power generating hydro dams and once that began electricity increased to make it unaffordable to produce or manufacture anything.  In a way, the left cause minorities to stay poor in higher percentages and stifle growth in the economy.  Blame the libs

    • Anonymous

      Funny…”white people are too dumb to move away”… I won’t bother commenting on your other ideas, which sound like they are recycled from years of listening to The Voice Of Maine radio.

  • Anonymous

    It doesn’t matter one iota.  Now, let’s move on to things much more important.

  • Anonymous

    So what is the answer? Busing? Forcing people to
    move here? Freebies? Why is this even an issue?
    Nothing in this great country stops anyone from
    moving where they want. Does that make Maine
    such a terrible state because it isn’t as diverse as
    some other state? Seems like what isn’t an issue
    is made to be one…why is that?

  • Joe

    Why is this a problem? A Non-issue.

  • Anonymous

    Let’s not forget millions upon millions upon millions and even more, blacks, whites, and others work together everyday….With no problem!

  • Anonymous

    I’m not a racist but  STOP TRYING TO CHANGE MY STATE with big city stupid stuff.
    Why doesn’t someone dream up less meaningful things like making it easier to start a business here.
    Whats wrong with you people who dream this crap up.

  • Anonymous

    They don’t hunt , they don’t ski , they don’t 4 wheel , they don’t hike , they don’t fish ,they don’t snowshoe , they don’t like winter , they don’t like insects , they come to visit .. and then go home , and that’s the way we like it !

    •  ACTUALLY The best fisherman I ever met in my life was a pure  black Louisianian who spoke Creole.  Not only could he fish, but he could bone those fish like they had a zipper.  Then we’d go back to his shack and he’d cook ’em.  The thought of blackened fish makes my mouth water.

      AND the biting bugs in Southern Louisiana make Maine look bug free.

  • Anonymous

    “rhetoric and African-American studies” – kinda covers it, doesn’t it – the Obama platform……..

  • Anonymous

    The more diversity there is the less diversity there will be in future generations.

  • Davida Willette

    i have seen more colored people in the area lately . i dont care what clor they are . they are person

  • Anonymous

    People move to places with opportunities. When native Mainers must move away to seek jobs, why would other people want to come here?

  • When we moved back to Maine after spending many years in the south it was quite a culture shock for us adults. The lack of diversity was very apparent. It was even worse for our son who was in the second grade and had never known anything but a rainbow of children since his first steps out into the world. He came home, about the third day of school in Maine and I could tell he was upset. I asked him what was wrong. His answer to me “Mumma, why don’t they let Black people live in Maine.”

  • crime  is pretty low in maine 

    • Anonymous

      except for public corruption

  • Anonymous

    Matters not one whit. We love Maine just the way it is. Folks can choose to live here or not, their choice.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t think that it matters as much what ethnic group or race you belong to as much as whether you are a decent human being. I have known good people and mean people from all kinds of ethnicities.  And there is a great deal of diversity within the Caucasian race. We do not all look alike, act alike, or think alike any more than people of color do. I think the diversity within the human race makes for a more interesting world, but the location of most people is more a random result of where you were born and raised more than anything else. Treat everyone else the way you would like to be treated and we will all be happier for it. Unless you are a masochist.

  • Anonymous

    The rarest couple you’ll see in Maine is a black man with another black woman.  I’d guess 95% of black males in Maine have a white gal in tow.  It’s not diversity, it’s come to Maine to “mount the white girl.” White girls, just because you get a “soft spot” for black males, that’ don’t make you more “racially diverse,” it means your fetish is entertained.

    • Anonymous

      If that is true, and I doubt that it is, doesn’t it make sense that if the general population is 95% white, that a black man would have a 95% chance of meeting and falling in love with a white woman?

      • Anonymous

        “A black man meeting and falling in love with a white woman,” is just about the only motivation black males have in common, especially in Maine.   This constant lean blacks put on the white community is almost entirally based on the black males quest to sexually engage the illusive white female.  White females in Maine are easy prey, especially on college campasses.  They think they are to be naive to racial issues, yet tend to generalize, and black males tend to turn them on easily.  Diversity?  Interracial sex is not diversity.  Blacks also outnumber whites globably, so whites are actually a global minority.  Many blacks are polygamists, they don’t believe in marriage because they want to “procreate their race,” impregnate as many women as possible.  Why should this be endorsed ?

        • Anonymous

          Well I’ll be… Archie Bunker is alive and well… I think you should know, your daughter just got arrested for drunk driving sir.

  • Anonymous

    Race does not matter. It shouldn’t matter if Maine is 95% white or 5% white. What matters is whether or not we make it a good place to live and do business.

  • Generations of families live in Maine and haven’t left.  That’s why.  Why don’t people want to move to Maine?  Because there are no jobs.  

    • Anonymous

      I had thought that Maine’s unemployment rate was lower than the national average.

  • Anonymous

    Being a Maine kid, growing up in the 60’s, and having never been outside of Maine then, and then I joined the Navy, and met many blacks in the Navy. I found myself liking their sense of humor, and we drank many a beer together. Maine is Maine, every county in Maine is a little different, it’s people are a little different, we were still feeling the Great Depression even in the 60’s, it is not an easy place to prosper, Maine, so, am not sure, but it seems only people with fairly deep pockets can come here and live now. But, I have never really heard anyone that had anything against anybody of any color moving here, it is just not an easy place to move to.

    • Anonymous

      Interesting you say that. My brother spent 30 years in the navy and came home VERY racist.

  • Andy Dufresne

    we don’t take kindly to negroes

  • Andy Dufresne

    I had this argument with my friend in england this morning about racial tensions. He, like me agrees that there are two types of black society in america, and well throughout the world. There are black people who are trying the best to better their race, their own situation and their future, while the vast majority of african americans are presented in the media as criminals and statistically – rightly so. Blacks account for a majority of crime in areas where there are gangs, and even in areas where gang crime isn’t that relevant. Most african americans are highly uneducated in major cities. There are however that slim minority who I have faith in that want to better themselves.

    What’s really still got to me is the argument that blacks “deserve” payments for what their ancestor’s did hundreds of years ago for the white man. What did the white man do to that person exactly? I know it borders on racism but what is the point of supporting people who will not better themselves? It goes for white people as well. Inter-racial sex, and the fact women got it in their minds black guys will support them when most leave and the fact that if I as a white man call a black person the “n-word” I’m automatically singled out as a racist, while their own kind call themselves that to no problems.

    The whole Trayvon Marston shooting as well is racially charged. If it was a black man killing a black man over an argument – you wouldn’t hear about it – it goes on every single day in america. The same goes for a white on white crime – why is nobody up in arms over that??

    I am a white man.

    Thirdly, Maine has always been white. One of the first hoodless KKK parades took place in Milo, and as well the library in Milo still hangs a picture of that parade…

    • Anonymous

      You’re a racist. 

      • Andy Dufresne

         you’re a nword lover

      •  …and you are a fool.

        • Anonymous

          Right, because I’m not clapping my hands for a bigot? What a disgusting notion. 

  • Anonymous

    With nearly 200 comments so far I doubt anyone will actually read this but I have to throw it out here.  I am white.  I live and raised my children in the same house my great grandmother lived in.  That doesn’t mean I don’t know any better.  In my 20’s I was much like every other young Mainer and I split for Boston (and further south) to see if life was better in the fast lane.  At one point, living in East Providence RI I was the only white person in my building, heck the only one for 3 blocks in any direction.  It never occurred to me that I was supposed to be uncomfortable.  They were my neighbors, co-workers and friends.  But reality is that I didn’t like city life and moved home 2 decades ago. 

    I tell you this because I’m not a racist.  I honestly don’t care.   I have met asshats of every color.  

    But what I don’t understand is how everyone can sit around and say “Oh gee I wonder why there aren’t any ‘african-americans’ here?”  — two words — Malaga Island.   It was only 100 years ago that the State of Maine was putting mixed race people in a mental institution who’s only ‘crime’ was being non-white.  Those that weren’t locked up were evicted.  The state told them to leave and that anything they left behind would be burned. The state even went in and dug up their cemetery and reburied the remains in the graveyard at the Maine School for the Feeble-Minded.  How can anyone think that ‘blacks’ would consider themselves welcome here?  Sure.. things have changed in the last 100 years.  But it was only during my lifetime that the civil rights act was passed.  

    Some things can never be forgotten.  And some things don’t change as fast as we would like.  

  • Anonymous

     why does maine have one of the lowest crime rate in the country? hopefully it will stay that way, maine the way life should be!

  • Andy Dufresne

    why are we focused on black and white?

    we should be focused on transgendered equality.

    especially the men who want to have kids. and the women who shave their heads and tape their breasts because they want to be men

  • Anonymous

    This story keeps coming up now and then, for what purpose who knows. . What would be the purpose to diversify it, just for the reason that that some have to have it racially proportionate? I do not have a problem with any ethnicticity.

  • Anonymous

    I could not care less what race a person is. I am a “humanist”

  • Anonymous

    Mr. Long, you need  to move your family to Ghana to improve the racial mix over there.  Give the “People of color card” a rest.  The folks of Maine would be far better off without your racist article.  The best community is one that doesn’t recognize differences, not one that dwells on it.  My wife is not white,   I am….   The more you folks dwell on the non-issue the more hateful you seem.  Just get on down the road and be nice to everybody and shut your pie hole, please.

  • Anonymous

    Those it matters to are likely those who have allot of time to complain about all things in life. 

  • maybe the black people dont like snow and cold weather? If so I dont blame them..

  • Anonymous

    Articles like this are why racism exists, here and everywhere.  How about less commentary on race?  The bigger a deal made of the differences, the wider the gap becomes.  It is not the Caucasians fault that African Americans, Hispanics and people of other ethnic backgrounds choose not to live here….maybe it’s the snow and the lack of jobs. 

  • I, unfortunately, am IRISH/CATHOLIC. I feel this way due to certain people thinking that my somehow being WHITE is now a bad thing. I am who I am. That is all. I CHOOSE to live in rural Maine so I can get AWAY from the drugs, gangs, poverty, welfare, laziness and bullshit that the cities deal with on a daily basis. We are peaceful here…we don’t want the assholes from Brooklyn and Hartford coming here and causing trouble…actually, it would be thier death sentence to come here and mess around.

    • Anonymous

      Well Geoffrey, FORTUNATELY, I am Irish Protestant and my wife is Irish Catholic, and we are damn proud, and not the least bit apologetic of our White Irish lineage.
      And we moved to northern Maine for the very same reasons.
      Unfortunately, the influx of diversity in other parts of Maine has, is and will continue to be reflective of the increase of crime and drugs in our adopted state, and no one can argue that. Oh, there are those that will, but they no not of what they speak.

  • MooseheadLake

    If New Orleans and the Country can bask in New Orleans being a Chocolate City, then we can have similar reverance and pride as to the Whiteness of Maine.

    See, it’s a good thing.    Now, that wasn’t hard, was it. 

    Pride all around.

  • Anonymous

    I can imagine the uproar of your publication asked, “Why is __________ so black”?

  • Anonymous

    The reasons are historical and cultural.  The earliest English settlers were Puritans who believed personal labor was part of the path to salvation. Owning the labor of another person was considered to be a lesser path. Second, the land and climate was never conducive to the establishment of large farms or crop exporting plantations that required cheap laborers.  Third, the economy was maritime based – boatbuilding, fishing, shipping, and the China Trade a.k.a. opium smuggling. Later whaling. 

    Fourth and most importantly reason was the Dred Scott case. Runaway slaves were once considered to be free if they managed to escape from slave states to free states. The Dred Scott Case changed that by stating that slaves were property anywhere in the United States.  A small industry grew in the North where whites could hunt down and capture black skinned people and then receive get a bounty for each captured person.  That said, it should be understood that escaped slaves actually had an easier time running away in the South because of the large number of the black people to hide among. It was not so in the rural areas of the North and it actually became progressively dangerous the further north an escapee went.  Afterall, a black person would stand out and why else would a black person even be in an northern area at all? Because they were an escaped slave running away to Canada because the British Empire outlawed slave trade (not slavery) in 1807 . That is, you could own a slave but not buy or sell or buy a slave even a runaway one.  That is why there is almost no record of blacks living in the rural areas from the Great Lakes to Northern New England along the Canadian border.  Yet north of the border, suddenly blacks become very visible.
     
    That Maine is cold and blacks don’t like cold weather is a silly notion.  It is also why most Mainers got their first African American experience by watching Bill Cosby and the Huxtables family or encountering students at Bowdoin, Bates, and Colby and the U Maine football team.  

  • Anonymous

    I am an AMERICAN ,no matter what color !

  • Anonymous

    The political class is forever looking for minorities to pander to and set against each other.  Disgusting article.

    • Anonymous

      Who exactly are you referring to?

  • Anonymous

    Because we like it that way!

  • Anonymous

     Why is Maine so green? As the most heavily forested state in the lower USA, perhaps we need more yellow, or brown or maybe a bit of purple. And perhaps some government study and a few guilt filled editorialists who waste their time bemoaning Maine’s greenness can import more  colorful, diverse foliage and feel better! Oh, they might sneak in some giant hogweed or other invasive species that tend to take over and smother out the indigenous plants (as in SNUFF OUT) , but hell, if it means more diversity, does it matter than native cultures are exterminated in the process? Instead of the Pine Tree State, we could become the Speckled Ugly Yellow and Purple and Brown and Olive Drab State.

  • I’m sick of the of the diversity d- bags.  Always, whining about their own supposed guilt over something that White people did.  I hate affirmative action any other remedial action to help these white guilt liberals feel better about themselves.

  • Anonymous

    I used to live in New Orleans,  To this day, they are still fighting the Civil War and the culture is so backwards. You have to live there and experience the way the blacks are treated compared to the whites. New Orleans puts way to much emphasis on what color you are.

      Nero has to except the fact that he is no longer in the south,  and this is the north and people will except him.  This is insane  come to Orono sometime. you will see students that come from all over the world.  and these students  don’t seem to have a problem fitting in. 
    You need to learn to adjust.  The North is a lot different that the south. 

  • rob

    Could anyone imagine if someone wrote this article in a predominately black state with the title ” Why is (state) so black and why does it matter?   Does it really matter what  someones skins color is ?   I could care less what the person looks like as longs as they treat me like a man, I in turn will give them the same respect. After living and traveling all over the U.S. I think a more appropriate article should be ” Why is Maine so poor and why does it matter? 

  • Anonymous

    People don’t seem to enjoy looking in the mirror, it seems. They’re too addicted to FOX news and racist blather that they get on The Voice of Maine every day. (Anyone who has heard one hour of Howie Carr knows what I’m talking about.)

  • Anonymous

    “Irish man charged with stealing in Boston’s North End”
    September 14, 2012

    “Prosecutors say just hours after 25-year-old Robert McTernan landed in Boston, he entered a bakery in the North End, a largely Italian neighborhood. They say he grabbed a knife…….. 

    http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/2012/09/14/irish-man-charged-with-stealing-cannoli-boston/cjkiRK08CbJ9NArx1YxNJL/story.html

    • Anonymous

       the north end, thats were you get the best pizza in bean town! 

  • Anonymous

    why does the bdn keep trying to stir up hate in almost every stoy they write . I thought the media was supose to be non bias in their reporting?

    • Anonymous

      I think it’s a public service that they’re performing, to show their readers how ugly they are. They’re holding a mirror up to people, and apparently people don’t like what they see, a bitter, aging, deluded crowd, forever wondering why everyone can’t look like they used to look on tee vee, back when they were young, before the Jeffersons moved on up. 

  • Anonymous

    I’m not sure why this article is so controversial.  It’s just stating the facts.  I have spent time in a country far, far away where I was the only white person amongst millions.  Very strange feeling!   Immigrants tend to move to cities/areas where there is more cultural diversity.  Why is Maine so white?   We have few large cities, high unemployment and it is friggin cold.  Look at all the white folk who head south for the winter.   It is great to see Maine (slowly) becoming more diverse!  I
    always say, we are all people of color just different shades.        

  • Anonymous

    The article states: ““You need support from people who understand you,” he said. While most Mainers he has encountered are “warm-hearted” and try to be supportive, they don’t share the common experience of being a relatively new immigrant.”I guess I don’t understand why we are being condemned for living here before someone else. Wouldn’t the above statement be true for ANY state?

  • 02b9c

    here we go again…. who sits down a decides these things?… we need commitees or people put in place to say we need diversity or not?..  it’s time AMERICA starts being AMERICA again. if you’re an american of any desent then you should be able to go or not go anywhere in AMERICA you want. period. But now we have people who tell us this place or that place dosent have enough of this culture or that culture or this race or that race.  I’m finding that the biggest racists are the ones who keep spreading these kinds of things for the most idiotic reasons. i dont care who lives around me as long as they are american citizens of the united states,  When mopst people buy a house someplace the first thing they do is to see what the area has to offer them… if they like the area, then buy. if you dont then you find another house in another area. the answer is so simple, if you like the area then move there, if you dont, then move someplace else. make the choice on how that area is and not how you want it changed to suite your only needs… that goes for any american.

  • Jonathan Smith

    We are Americans first – stop trying to create racial hostility by categorizing people here – or pushing class warfare – blame the rich, blame the middle class – etc. Diversity obsession pushes to divide people rather then bring them together.  We are a nation of immigrants – it doesn’t make you special or different – everyone must earn their way and there is no shortage of legitimate opportunities to succeed. Those who are here illegally are here because they do not believe in the rule of law or the values that America holds at it’s core.  I have the utmost respect for legal immigrants working hard to get ahead just as my ancestors did. Illegals are nothing more then intruders – and we, the taxpayers, are paying for their housing, food, healthcare, and quality of life.  Illegals are bankrupting this country on par with federal spending.

  • AmbroseBear

    There are so many Euro-whites here because the tribes decided to feed ’em … and they stuck around for more. One minute you’re sharing food and stories on a log with them and, the next, you leave to get more food and, on return,  there’s no more space for you on the log. 

    Today we’re penned up, excluded, marginalized and out of sight. And, the white people? Well, try to get them to accommodate or agree to the tribes having their own casino.  Ungrateful is an understatement. Everyone knows it and, except for the tribes, doesn’t care. 

    Yep, the European white people did pretty good living off their ill-gotten booty. You’ve heard this before and it is certainly worth repeating, “When they first arrived, the white people had all the bibles and we had all the land. Now, we have all the bibles and they have all the land. ”

    We’ll willingly trade your precious bibles back for our precious land back. How about it? Huh?

    So, from my perspective,  it certainly does matter that there are so many “whites” living here. … still. As for me and mine, I’m relying on my four grown daughters, our eight grand children and our great grand children, all Maliseets, to reverse that trend and help our nation grow numerous, once again.

    This time I will prayerfully hope that they will stay clear of bibles, bad blankets and bad treaties.

  • Anonymous

    alot of us came down from Canada.. and we didn’t have slaves like the rest of the country.. That is why.  

  • Anonymous

    It doesn’t matter. This article is just another liberal “feel good” waste of print.

  • Anonymous

    Fire Robert Long or send him to racial RE-Hab.

  • Anonymous

    who cares you racists

  • Anonymous

    This article proves that Dr Kings dream is still not realized.   “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character”    Obviously, the writer’s view is that the color of one’s skin is the telling factor

  • Anonymous

    Test.

  • Anonymous

    The color line may not be the best paradigm for understanding diversity in Maine. Language and culture may be a better point of departure. That way you beginning by understanding who is here rather than who is not. 

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