Is Dickinson, North Dakota racist? The short answer is, yes, but not very much, comparatively speaking.
On a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being the least amount of racism like San Francisco, and 10 being the highest amount of racism like Apartheid in South Africa in the 1960s and 1970s, Dickinson is about a “4”. You might think that a “4” is pretty bad, but I want to explain why it isn’t as bad as you think.
The people that are from Dickinson, or western North Dakota, they don’t necessarily think that whites are better than blacks, they just don’t like people who are from some place else. They don’t believe that blacks are less trustworthy than whites, they just don’t trust people who are from some place else. It is not that you are black, it is that because you are black, you must be from some place else.
The people that are from Dickinson, or western North Dakota, they don’t necessarily want to do anything mean to black people, but since they are from some place else, they might wish that they would leave. It is not that they don’t want to live or work with black people, it is just that they are wary of black people because they are from some place else.
The unfriendliness that black people might experience in Dickinson from the local people, might feel like racism, but the local people treat all of the people from some place else like this.
The Lutheran Church, which is the second most powerful and influential Church in North Dakota, is very welcoming and generous to black people, almost as if they are trying to make up for two hundred years of mistreatment of black people. Lutheran Social Services which is headquartered in Minneapolis, and is very active in North Dakota, is constantly trying to help black refugees from around the world.
When neo-Nazis or White Supremacists groups tried to get established in North Dakota in recent years, the citizens very actively tried to drive them out. In recent years, North Dakotans do not want any neo-Nazi or White Supremacist activities in North Dakota.
The women in Dickinson are tired of white men, because there are so many white men. The women in Dickinson have watched movies, ESPN, and pornography, and now they all want black men.
Everything that I wrote up above would make Dickinson about a “2”, on a scale from 1 to 10, on racism. However, because there are many white male workers from the South, Idaho, and Montana living in Dickinson, North Dakota, their attitudes towards blacks probably ends up making Dickinson about “4” overall, on a scale from 1 to 10, on racism.