I was having a discussion with a younger employee today at work. They were wanting to move out of their parent’s house in Lakewood (military-family town, near a military base) and closer to work (downtown Seattle). Them being younger, I suggested that they should try Capitol Hill, a younger-persons neighborhood near downtown Seattle. It has a bunch of shops, restaurants, bars, etc.
Their response was that they lean more to the right and they didn’t want to move to Capitol Hill because that’s where all the gay people live. I was both floored and astounded. This is 2015. This is a city that has a gay mayor.
But I couldn’t stop thinking about the opposite. My girlfriend and I are a mixed race couple and we wouldn’t want to live in a state like Idaho, where we may run into neo Nazis who love their guns. Am I being hypocritical? Are my choices to live in a liberal haven similar to the co-workers desires to not be around the gays? Or is their aversion closer to somebody saying “I don’t want to live in that neighborhood because of all the black/Asian/Muslim people”?
Please, anybody who reads this post, respond with your thoughts. I’m very curious whether other people think the same way I do. I live in an ethnically diverse neighborhood, a run down neighborhood to be sure, but I don’t feel unsafe here. I can’t imagine picking a neighborhood (or not) just because of the people you may run into while in your neighborhood.