So one of my favorite blogs is Shay Stewart-Bouley’s great “Black Girl in Maine” http://blackgirlinmaine.com/
I have been reading it almost every day, she doesn’t post every day, and I do subscribe to it. And it makes me think about the whiteness in Maine. Even in our biggest city of Portland with its 66,000 people, is 85% white, 83.6% non-hispanic white. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portland,_Maine#Demographics And 94.4% non-hispanic white in the entire state from the 2010 census. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maine#Demographics
It’s funny to move from Harlem Heights, NYC (151st and Broadway) when as an anglo you are a definite minority, to Maine where I remember when I went to a Bob Marley concert in December, 2004, being struck by the sea of white people. I kind of miss the ethnic diversity of places like LA, NYC, much of NJ, Chicago and many other places I have lived. Portland does have some ethnic enclaves, Somalis, Sudanese, and some others, but it’s a pretty white town.
I feel like we are missing something from that here. Although Southern Maine does have some amount of people moving in, in northern Maine almost everyone is moving out, and those that have been here, have been here for generations.
I have even noticed some differences in myself, I notice race more here then I ever did in NYC, LA or Chicago. There it was a sea of colors, faces, styles, etc. In Portland, it’s normal to see tattoos, weird haircolors, weird outfits, etc, in the hinterlands of Maine not so much.
I do really enjoy Maine, but wish it had more diversity, the whiteness in Maine is an odd thing to me, it worries me that I find it more normal all the time.
Any one else have any thoughts on this?