Two anecdotes will suffice.
Beloved Sweetie has been taking out some clients who want to move here from California--they're cowboy types, interested in finding property where they can comfortably house their five horses, six dogs, eleventy-something cats and three children. Friendly, earnest Christian folk, interested in knowing the types and quality of churches available around here (answer: many, and about the same as everywhere else). They've seen a few things they like and are getting ready (we cross our fingers) to make an offer.
But before they committed, Client Mom wanted to know one thing:
"Is there a racial problem here?"
Jim's Psycho Sensors were immediately triggered. But she went on:
"I really don't mean that like it sounds. What I want to know is: are people here going to have a problem with me having friends of all different kinds? Because what I look at isn't people's skin color or whether they're straight or gay, but whether they're a nice person. If you're a nice person, I'll like you and want to be friends with you; if you're not nice, I won't. And some people really have a problem with that."
She went on: "Like my brother. He's a white supremacist. He moved up to Idaho to be around other people like himself and cut off communication with the family; and I say good riddance if that's what he's going to believe."
And one more story:
On Friday, I was at the park with a bunch of other moms from my MOPS group. One of them, Shelley, I hadn't seen in a long time. I asked her how things were going... imagine my amazement when she said "Actually, we're moving to Fort Collins this Sunday."
Why? I wanted to know.
"Because I don't want my kids growing up thinking that the world is full of nothing but white people. It's much more diverse there and there are all kinds of different people, and I think that's a much healthier environment for them. They need to learn that what they are is not the default."
This, from a staunchly Christian, very very white woman whose parents are missionaries... cool...
Also: tomorrow is the first day back at Tope for Fisher, and the first day of Jedi Temple Academy for Rhys. Full report to follow. (Hold me. I'm scared.)