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    We played a Casino/Dog track place called Southland Gaming...It was very well...let's say a different ethnicity about 90% -10% It kinda felt like the movie 48 Hours where Nick Nolte goes into the very black club with Eddie Murphy!!! Everyone was nice but I don't think our band was right for the place as you might expect. Also the area was a bit on the seedy side. Good to be home. Hope everyone had a good 4th weekend.

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    Did you try play that funky music white boy?

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    • #3
      Originally posted by nchangin View Post
      Did you try play that funky music white boy?

      Of Course..

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        Ray, who is black, and I went into a bar downtown Augusta Ga in 1974. Ray was the only black. We weren't treated badly, but we did get some stares. As I look back, they might have thought we were a gay couple. (Not just the great friends we were.) Don't really know. Never able to rekindle that friendship since. (He lives in Denver and Now I live in one of the suburbs. I do see him from time to time. Great keyboard player.)

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          I had a buddy who was african american, do admit we were followed a couple times by law enforcement. Seems they just wanted to see where we were going? His response was Yup put a black guy and white guy in a car, there has to be something bad going on or so people think. (shakes head)

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            I play in a Reggae band I have all kinds of stories about race that I have experienced the last 20 years.
            "Danny, ci manchi a tutti. La E-Street Band non e' la stessa senza di te. Riposa in pace, fratello"

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            • #7
              A good friend of mine with a similar car and a similar job living in a similar house in a similar neighborhood gets pulled over about 4 times as often as I do for nothing much more than to see "what's up? It looked like you were weaving a bit..."

              Driving While Black...
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              • #8
                Originally posted by WynnD View Post
                Ray, who is black, and I went into a bar downtown Augusta Ga in 1974. Ray was the only black. We weren't treated badly, but we did get some stares. As I look back, they might have thought we were a gay couple. (Not just the great friends we were.) Don't really know. Never able to rekindle that friendship since. (He lives in Denver and Now I live in one of the suburbs. I do see him from time to time. Great keyboard player.)
                Well I hope stuff has changed in 40 years!

                Reminds of me when I was living in Las Vegas in the late 80s. I was dating a black girl and we'd sometimes go to restaurants only to be told "it's going to be a 45 minute wait...." even though there'd be like 2 people in the place.

                I'd get furious and start to raise a ruckus. She'd pull me aside and say "hey...let's just go somewhere else. That's just the way the world is."

                Well, wasn't my world. Until then anyway.

                Pretty sure Vegas has changed that attitude in the years since. But it was still a pretty segregated town with a very racist history even in those late days.
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by guido61 View Post
                  A good friend of mine with a similar car and a similar job living in a similar house in a similar neighborhood gets pulled over about 4 times as often as I do for nothing much more than to see "what's up? It looked like you were weaving a bit..."

                  Driving While Black...

                  yup but look at the crime statistics by ethnicity. It's pretty easy to see why...Profiling WORKS for better or worse. The Israelis understand that and use it to their advantage and make no bones about it. Don't get me wrong, i'm not a racist I just go by statistics but then I'm very careful and aware of everything around me at all times, pack weapons everywhere I go. I'd rather be overly careful.
                  Last edited by sventvkg; 07-08-2014, 11:05 PM.

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                    20+ years ago I joined an all-black band that alternated weekends at a blues club in the hood of Jackson MS. At 31 I looked like Opie with a mullet and they looked liked the cast of Sanford and Son. The club was about 50/50 but occasionally the band would book into all-black clubs and I never had any trouble, same as with them in mostly white clubs. My family was not prejudiced- never ever heard a racial slur from them- but they still thought I had lost my mind.

                    In '93 we drove to Chicago to play the Blues Festival. Coming back an hour or so South of Chicago we stopped at a steakhouse but decided not to eat there on account of all the hate stares (had a wild-looking Jewish harp player with us too). I remember the bandleader saying "this is a redneck joint! I'm getting out of here!". It was the only time I ever heard him talk about racism.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by sventvkg View Post


                      yup but look at the crime statistics by ethnicity. It's pretty easy to see why...Profiling WORKS for better or worse.
                      Easy to say when you're not the one being profiled.
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                        Originally posted by sventvkg View Post
                        We played a Casino/Dog track place called Southland Gaming...It was very well...let's say a different ethnicity about 90% -10% It kinda felt like the movie 48 Hours where Nick Nolte goes into the very black club with Eddie Murphy!!! Everyone was nice but I don't think our band was right for the place as you might expect. Also the area was a bit on the seedy side. Good to be home. Hope everyone had a good 4th weekend.


                        I think know the exact place you are talking about, There was a hotel across the street from a Mexican joint where we always had dinner and the dog track was just up the street. Never went and checked the dog track out ,, typically we were at the end of a 12 hour ride on the Harley on our way to texas so it was grab some food crash out and get up and ride the next day. For sure its an interesting place prolly stayed there 20 times over the years.
                        "you mess with him and you mess with the whole trailer park"

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by guido61 View Post
                          Easy to say when you're not the one being profiled.
                          That's a sh!tload of truth packed into 10 words right there!!!!!
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by SpaceNorman View Post

                            That's a sh!tload of truth packed into 10 words right there!!!!!

                            Yup. It is what it is. Everybody's Life's got static....

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by sventvkg View Post
                              yup but look at the crime statistics by ethnicity. It's pretty easy to see why...Profiling WORKS for better or worse.
                              I'd have to see the statistics, because I'm pretty sure the crime rates for upper middle class minorities who live in nice neighborhoods and drive nice cars isn't any higher than it is for similar whites. So I'm not sure why they should have to put up being pulled over 5 times as often simply because of their ethnicity or why profiling those people based on their ethnicity "works"...
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