daddyjay talked to our realtor 2 nights ago & she said people love our house, BUT they don’t like the neighborhood.
i’m the first person to say that i love my neighborhood & i have the best neighbors. we are really sad to leave such a great place.
i live in university city, mo. this is a town divided. hell, st. louis is a pretty cliquey & socially divided place, in general.
ever heard of the old “what school did you go to?” line? no? in st. louis, people peg your socio-economic status by where you went to high school. there are a ton of private schools here & many people judge you based on where you went to school. a lot of people who live in university city use private schools.
in the 2000 census, roughly 50% of the people in u city were white. about 45% were black. in our school district last year, 11% of the students were white.
census info has probably not changed that drastically in 9 years.
now to the heart of the matter. i live a half a block from my high school. people don’t like my neighborhood because they don’t want their kids that close to so many black people.
and it pisses me off.
not as the seller of my house, but as a human being. i was talking to one of my beloved (and lesbian – egads!) neighbors about it last night and we were both astounded that people still live this way. people live with these latent (or not so latent) views of the world.
and a lot of the people looking at our house are from out of town, so their realtors are giving them this bunk information. and that upsets me even further.
scout was just telling me last night that she didn’t want to move to phoenix because she didn’t want to leave their best friend, piper. piper is black. i love that the girls don’t see that as a hurdle. it is what it is, to them. as they told me last week, “she just has more melatonin in her skin.”
while i know moving to phoenix won’t solve all of my problems when it comes to society and the racism that i see here, i can say that i’m happy to leave the cliques behind. i’m happy to leave the racism.
but i’m so sad to leave piper.