I like diversity. It's so much easier to quell racism and stereotypical judgements when you're surrounded by a variety of people. The more you know, etc etc.
Well, that's hard to do in Idaho Falls.
Recent Census data shows this ethnic breakdown for the greater Idaho Falls Area (provided by the ever-hilarious wikipedia):
- 92.09% White
- 0.62% African American
- 0.76% Native American
- 1.05% Asian
- 7.18% Hispanic/Latino
- 3.81% Other Race
- 1.61% two or more races
(Nevermind this doesn't add up to 100%. Idaho mathematics, y'all....)
But yeah. Whitey rules up here. One man (with a 'Dr.' in front of his name) asked someone close to me if racism still exists. Well, it's hard to say, when everyone has the same skin color, and everyone working for you is white... *cough*
Diverse, this place is not.
But fret not! There is still a way to profit from this monochromatic town. Simply market to the demographic!
If you haven't read this book, or been to their website, you need to. It doesn't matter the color of your skin, you will laugh at this book.
With topics like "Ugly Sweater Parties" and "Black Music that Black People Don't Listen To Anymore" you know you have a winner. Plus you get to talk about Miles Davis and Eazy E!
Ideally, I'd love to be back in a more diverse town. Going back to my post about Boise, they're listed as 96.1% white. Maybe Idaho Falls is the 'melting pot' of Idaho? If so, try not to laugh too hard.
What about your town? I'd love to see if there are other parts of the world that are as cracker-fied as Idaho...