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    Hi all,
    I'm in the process of applying to various unis and I wondered how ethnically diverse Bristol university and Bristol city is. I go to a school now where minorities are vastly underrepresented and feel very out of place. Obviously, I don't expect everywhere to be swarming with minorities but I wondered what % of ethnic minorities there are in Bristol, especially how many black people. Are there more in certain departments/subjects? Just for the record, if I determine Bristol is right for me I'll apply anyway, I'm just wondering.

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    Not this again ~ *rolls eyes*

    Seriously... wtf?
    Why does it matter? Make friends with people who have the nicest personalities, not black skin.

    Trying to defend yourself by saying "if I determine Bristol is right for me I'll apply anyway" does not hide the fact your question has racist undertones.

    Anyway... all unis have thousands of students, so even if the percentage of ethnicities is the same as your school the number will be higher.

    There will be plenty of black people to befriend if you so choose... *Sigh*

    Sorry if I have misinterpreted your question, but it seems like a really idiotic thing to ask.
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    Bristol as a city has no problem with diversity - it's just that the area the uni halls are in is predominantly white (and dull). The uni seems to be teaming with foreign students from all over - seems great to be honest. However if you are only interested with socialising with people from your particular pocket of culture then it's probably not the place to go.
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    (Original post by Queen Alice)
    Not this again ~ *rolls eyes*

    Seriously... wtf?
    Why does it matter? Make friends with people who have the nicest personalities, not black skin.

    Trying to defend yourself by saying "if I determine Bristol is right for me I'll apply anyway" does not hide the fact your question has racist undertones.

    Anyway... all unis have thousands of students, so even if the percentage of ethnicities is the same as your school the number will be higher.

    There will be plenty of black people to befriend if you so choose... *Sigh*

    Sorry if I have misinterpreted your question, but it seems like a really idiotic thing to ask.
    When have I said I will only befriend people with black skin or from my "pocket of culture"? :confused:
    Queen Alice, please show me where my question was "racist", it doesn't do to start throwing the word racist around. Simply asking what % of a university is made up of ethnic minorities is not racist. I don't see how if a person, whether white, black or asian asks this question makes them a racist. Some cities and unis are more ethnically diverse than others and that is a fact and I simply want to know how Bristol stands with this.
    More ethnic minorities means that I'm more likely to find people who are accustomed to my hair type and my hair needs to be maintained regularly (in case you haven't noticed places are dominated with Caucasian hair salons and services) and from personal experience, places with a substantial blend of different cultures tend to be more accepting. I respect that this of course does not concern or apply to you as you are the majority but please refrain from calling these issues idiotic. Just because they do not apply to you doesn't automatically make them "idiotic."

    For your information, a few of my white friends have actually said they would feel out of place in LSE because of the high proportion of internationals and ethnic minorities. I do not view their comments as racist. These sorts of comments are common from English people as a whole who resent the "influx" of immigrants yet I see no one accuse them of racism.
    I plan to make friends with everyone, I'm afraid it is you who is the pre-judging one as you immediately assumed a racist notion to my simple question.
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    (Original post by Toxic Tears)
    When have I said I will only befriend people with black skin or from my "pocket of culture"? :confused:
    Queen Alice, please show me where my question was "racist", it doesn't do to start throwing the word racist around. Simply asking what % of a university is made up of ethnic minorities is not racist. I don't see how if a person, whether white, black or asian asks this question makes them a racist. Some cities and unis are more ethnically diverse than others and that is a fact and I simply want to know how Bristol stands with this.
    More ethnic minorities means that I'm more likely to find people who are accustomed to my hair type and my hair needs to be maintained regularly (in case you haven't noticed places are dominated with Caucasian hair salons and services) and from personal experience, places with a substantial blend of different cultures tend to be more accepting. I respect that this of course does not concern or apply to you as you are the majority but please refrain from calling these issues idiotic. Just because they do not apply to you doesn't automatically make them "idiotic."

    For your information, a few of my white friends have actually said they would feel out of place in LSE because of the high proportion of internationals and ethnic minorities. I do not view their comments as racist. These sorts of comments are common from English people as a whole who resent the "influx" of immigrants yet I see no one accuse them of racism.
    I plan to make friends with everyone, I'm afraid it is you who is the pre-judging one as you immediately assumed a racist notion to my simple question.
    MEOW!
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    (Original post by Queen Alice)
    Not this again ~ *rolls eyes*

    Seriously... wtf?
    Why does it matter? Make friends with people who have the nicest personalities, not black skin.

    Trying to defend yourself by saying "if I determine Bristol is right for me I'll apply anyway" does not hide the fact your question has racist undertones.

    Anyway... all unis have thousands of students, so even if the percentage of ethnicities is the same as your school the number will be higher.

    There will be plenty of black people to befriend if you so choose... *Sigh*

    Sorry if I have misinterpreted your question, but it seems like a really idiotic thing to ask.
    yes, sounds like you have wildy misinterpreted what seemed like a mild wonderment.
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    (Original post by Toxic Tears)
    When have I said I will only befriend people with black skin or from my "pocket of culture"? :confused:
    Queen Alice, please show me where my question was "racist", it doesn't do to start throwing the word racist around. Simply asking what % of a university is made up of ethnic minorities is not racist. I don't see how if a person, whether white, black or asian asks this question makes them a racist. Some cities and unis are more ethnically diverse than others and that is a fact and I simply want to know how Bristol stands with this.
    More ethnic minorities means that I'm more likely to find people who are accustomed to my hair type and my hair needs to be maintained regularly (in case you haven't noticed places are dominated with Caucasian hair salons and services) and from personal experience, places with a substantial blend of different cultures tend to be more accepting. I respect that this of course does not concern or apply to you as you are the majority but please refrain from calling these issues idiotic. Just because they do not apply to you doesn't automatically make them "idiotic."

    For your information, a few of my white friends have actually said they would feel out of place in LSE because of the high proportion of internationals and ethnic minorities. I do not view their comments as racist. These sorts of comments are common from English people as a whole who resent the "influx" of immigrants yet I see no one accuse them of racism.
    I plan to make friends with everyone, I'm afraid it is you who is the pre-judging one as you immediately assumed a racist notion to my simple question.
    I understand your hair issues (i'm presuming though that you have tight black curls?) - I had an ex with that sort of hair; provided me with much amusement (especially when it rained)
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    Rumours have it a black person lives on Clarendon road.
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    (Original post by Toxic Tears)
    When have I said I will only befriend people with black skin or from my "pocket of culture"? :confused:
    Queen Alice, please show me where my question was "racist", it doesn't do to start throwing the word racist around. Simply asking what % of a university is made up of ethnic minorities is not racist. I don't see how if a person, whether white, black or asian asks this question makes them a racist. Some cities and unis are more ethnically diverse than others and that is a fact and I simply want to know how Bristol stands with this.
    More ethnic minorities means that I'm more likely to find people who are accustomed to my hair type and my hair needs to be maintained regularly (in case you haven't noticed places are dominated with Caucasian hair salons and services) and from personal experience, places with a substantial blend of different cultures tend to be more accepting. I respect that this of course does not concern or apply to you as you are the majority but please refrain from calling these issues idiotic. Just because they do not apply to you doesn't automatically make them "idiotic."

    For your information, a few of my white friends have actually said they would feel out of place in LSE because of the high proportion of internationals and ethnic minorities. I do not view their comments as racist. These sorts of comments are common from English people as a whole who resent the "influx" of immigrants yet I see no one accuse them of racism.
    I plan to make friends with everyone, I'm afraid it is you who is the pre-judging one as you immediately assumed a racist notion to my simple question.


    Well defended! Whatever your race, you should be on the debating team!
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    When I went to the open day I saw one black person. A whole wing at a hall full of Oriental people. one or two east asian people. And about 2 billion white people.

    Quite a shock as where I live there is no white people really.
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    Off the top of my head the city of bristol is:
    89.3% White
    3.9% S. Asian
    2.8% Black
    2.2% Mixed Race
    1.8% E. Asian or Other

    Dunno bout the university.
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    (Original post by Arowana123)
    Off the top of my head the city of bristol is:
    89.3% White
    3.9% S. Asian
    2.8% Black
    2.2% Mixed Race
    1.8% E. Asian or Other

    Dunno bout the university.

    Those are probably right but i've lived in Bristol for like 3 weeks now and i feel i am in the minority being white to be honest. Not that i actually care just a general acknowledgement.
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    its more ethnically diverse than where i live at any rate
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    (Original post by Queen Alice)
    Not this again ~ *rolls eyes*
    :yep:
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    Why can't we all just get along?
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    I'm with the OP, our personalities are heavily shaped by the culture at home. Its nice to have someone who can relate to that. Doesn't mean friends are made with only one particular group, its just good to have someone empathetic to your situation.
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    (Original post by Usman938)
    Why can't we all just get along?
    Who said we can't? :confused:
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    (Original post by Queen Alice)
    Not this again ~ *rolls eyes*

    Seriously... wtf?
    Why does it matter? Make friends with people who have the nicest personalities, not black skin.

    Trying to defend yourself by saying "if I determine Bristol is right for me I'll apply anyway" does not hide the fact your question has racist undertones.

    Anyway... all unis have thousands of students, so even if the percentage of ethnicities is the same as your school the number will be higher.

    There will be plenty of black people to befriend if you so choose... *Sigh*

    Sorry if I have misinterpreted your question, but it seems like a really idiotic thing to ask.
    You are making far too many assumptions regarding the reasons why the OP asked her (perfectly normal) question, throwing the "racist" card was really really stupid.
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    Yeah nobody is being racist. It's perfectly acceptable to ask what the ethnic makeup of Bristol is.
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    No I wasn't. With the information given, it sounded like that!

    Her points kind-of make sense if you ignore how she said "especially how many black people". If she asked JUST how many ethicities, then that would be fine - as that might create the "accepting community" she talked about.

    And sorry, but hair maintenance did not cross my mind... because funnily enough I did not think someone would care that much about their hair to make a thread to find out if there would be other black students to share hair tips.
    And Bristol is a massive city, your BOUND to find a couple of hair salons to suit your hair type! Surely you knew this?

    And your friends comments are fairly racist - of course they are! Saying they would feel "out of place" is being prejudice to think that other ethnicities would not make them feel welcome... well that is how I interpreted it.

    I am not accusing you of being racist, just the questions you were asking seemed to imply that you value black students above others.
    If that is not what you meant, than fine. It is difficult to understand what people are really asking on the internet because people don't explain themselves.
 
 
 
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