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US buddy of mine used to work in Genf/Geneva/Geneve for a couple of years.  He is half African-American and looks kind of vaguely Third World, also a big imposing guy physically.  He said the Swiss seemed to assume he was Turkish and were -- not overtly rude, exactly, no one was ever openly rude -- but definitely he felt the prejudice esp when seeking housing.  He would have a very chummy phone chat with a prospective landlord or -lady and then as soon as they saw him in person (a great big 'Turk') -- there would be polite excuses and mysterious problems and misunderstandings.

After two years of this, despite the scenery and the food and the cleanliness and the musical Swiss chitchat and the Kulcha (all of which he loved), he transferred back to the US.  Said it was just too lonely being big and dark in der Schweiss.

Might be better now, might be worse, who kmows, but when he told me the story I remember thinking it sounded a bit like some towns in Texas, real nice, lovely people, so long as you ain't too Mexican...

The difference between theory and practise in practise ...

by DeAnander (de_at_daclarke_dot_org) on Thu Nov 8th, 2007 at 05:59:50 PM EST

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