Originally Posted by niko
There are stupid mother****ers all over. THe difference is in the northeast we don't elect people who feel like that. Jk
This movie is not really reflective of the feel in NY now. It's different. I'm absolutely by no means saying we have no racial divides but it used to be much much different and the anger was palatable.
New York, post 9 Eleven, would have to be the most integrated place on earth. NYC, has almost no lines where the middle class/ working class have hostile race relations. Places like Harlem, Lower East Side, South Bronx are now integrated. And I can't tell you where there are hostile relations in Queens, Brooklyn and Manhattan.
I went to a High School in Queens in the '80's where we had more nationalities than the UN high school (285 different nationalities). In Queens we were always super ethnically tolerant. However, Black and White relations was a bit different but was definitely getting better in the 80's but you still had some hostility. I moved to Brooklyn right after HS.
Brooklyn was a place with a lot of territories, I wouldn't say it was all racist because I couldn't easily go into Brownsville or BedStuy when I lived in East New York because of where I lived. In general people in Brooklyn were always aggressive, the most aggressive people I experienced well beyond any place I experienced when I went touring into dozens of cities. People in Brooklyn wear their emotions on their sleeve and will tell you exactly how they feel. It was one place where you talked to people if you didn't know them and it was totally cool.
While other parts of Brooklyn were technically super segregated (it had clear lines of what neighborhoods were ethnically flavored to the block - One block could be Trinidadian and the next Jamaican) it wasn't hostile in its separation even back then in the 80's. However, Black and White relations were always loaded and you never knew when it could escalate and get out of hand. In general you were told to be weary of Bensonhurst, Brighton Beach, Brownsville, Bushwick, Bayside and a few other places back then because they were racially charged places. But they aren't that way now.