Ok, so this is an unusual topic for me. Racial diversity isn't something I've paid much attention to because I'm not a URM and I've never personally had any concerns along those lines. I grew up in a very diverse community (probably among the most diverse in the nation) and haven't really seen much in the way of discrimination.
I'm leaning towards UVA and am trying to convince a good friend of mine who is graduating this spring to look at teaching jobs in Virginia. Tonight while we were talking she brought up the issue of how people would treat her there as a Jamaican (black) woman. Would she move into a neighborhood and parents wouldn't let their kids play with her kids (when she has them)? Or, would she find it difficult to get jobs or if it would be safe for her to drive alone at night?
I know VA is part of the South, but this is the 21st century. I know racism still exists, but is it prevalent in Virginia? There will be idiots in any community and probably a few more in the South than other regions. Are we talking a sizeable minority? Would she really face major issues of discrimination that affected how the community treated her, her ability to get a job/promotions, or her safety?
She isn't so concerned with the percentage of the population that is a racial minority. The more important question is how minorities in Virginia are treated overall. Any feedback from people with knowledge or experience in this regard would be appreciated. Oh, and I should add that the areas of interest would be places such as Rockingham County not just Charlottesville. Thanks!
(It probably goes without saying that this issues gives me pause to think. I don't much like the idea of moving someplace where my friends would not be accepted.)