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Question About Polish Attitudes Towards Non-Polish People:


EmerMo 1 | 8  
1 Apr 2007 /  #1
I am trying to get a feel for how Polish people, both the younger generations as well as the older, feel about people who are not, to put it plainly, white. I am an American who plans to take a trip to Poland though I am not a White American. America, as many of us all know, is a giant melting pot of people of all sorts of different races, ethnicities, religious backrounds, etc. So what race would constitute your "typical American" nowadays?

I had heard stories about how some nation-states in Europe's Eastern Bloc have certain dispositions towards non-White peoples. I'm not saying I agree with these allegations. All I am asking is what is the overall feeling of Polish people towards other peoples?
Grzegorz_ 51 | 6,163  
1 Apr 2007 /  #2
I am not a White American.

So you are... ?
OP EmerMo 1 | 8  
1 Apr 2007 /  #3
...Brown.

Does this answer suffice?
Grzegorz_ 51 | 6,163  
1 Apr 2007 /  #4
Brown.

In the summer I'm brown too.
OP EmerMo 1 | 8  
1 Apr 2007 /  #5
Hahaha, funny.

Well in the Summer, I get even more brown.
slwkk 2 | 228  
1 Apr 2007 /  #6
If I can speak generally - I think that most people really don't care what color is your skin. Ok, there are no many non-white people here so you will be some kind 'different', maybe some people will be curious about your nationality... and that's all. Do you ask if your's skin color can be reason of that someone could treat you not right or even more...? Yes! There are some sick people - I mean racists, skinheads and so on, but hey.. they are everywhere in the world. So in my opinion... don't worry :> You could get into trouble just like anyone in Poland from time to time.... nothing special.
Kasia13  
1 Apr 2007 /  #7
I gree with slwkk...most people dont' care what color is your skin...

are you sad now?
:-))
OP EmerMo 1 | 8  
2 Apr 2007 /  #8
Me? Sad? Or was that question directed towards slwkk?

But yes, I do have apprehensions about visiting a country and I do not quite have a grasp on how the peoples of said country feel towards outsiders.

Still, I'm going to visit Poland; I'm just trying to get a feel for things here.

Thanks for the responses.
Wlodek  
4 Apr 2007 /  #9
I come from Lodz, second largest Polish city, where you can meet often black people on the streets as there is a Polish Language school for African students. And nothing wrong happens.
erg  
4 Apr 2007 /  #10
I am trying to get a feel for how Polish people

What is this guy? Look, I am an American too. Who told you about Poland? I wish I was the only American here, but this is impossible. My advice: stay away, this is my country. I love to be here.
FISZ 24 | 2,116  
4 Apr 2007 /  #11
I am an American too.

My advice: stay away, this is my country. I love to be here

I think you're a bit confused.
erg  
4 Apr 2007 /  #12
Go away. It is my country. And I REALY KNOW what I am sayig.
ArturSzastak 3 | 593  
4 Apr 2007 /  #13
Go away. It is my country.

So you own it? I'd like to see the papers :)
FISZ 24 | 2,116  
4 Apr 2007 /  #14
Go away. It is my country. And I REALY KNOW what I am sayig.

America or Poland? Your statemant makes no sense.

If you're an American, you can't say sh*t about a country you aren't even from.
daffy 23 | 1,508  
4 Apr 2007 /  #15
All foreigners should be shot on sight grrrrr arrrrrrgh i make sense!

*rolling eyes*

its just crazy the amount of rascist, xenophobic, ignorant 'trolls'' we have coming here.

They blame all their woes on foreigners and they think closed borders will actually improve things

its enough to make want to teach!!!
Sedzia  
5 Apr 2007 /  #16
"They blame all their woes on foreigners and they think closed borders will actually improve things"

Let's try that concept and then you can see.
daffy 23 | 1,508  
5 Apr 2007 /  #17
Let's try that concept and then you can see.

how about learning from history and not repeat mistakes eh? lets try that instead.
The smart option.

No country has been able to survive and DEFO never thrived in such a manner!

Ireland did this to the UK in its early year (DeValera - the 'economic war') Nearly destroyed the country!!! It was Cosgrove who fixed it!! (subsequent leader of next gov't and opposite party)
Sedzia  
5 Apr 2007 /  #18
"how about learning from history and not repeat mistakes eh? lets try that instead.
The smart option."

I do not follow you. Such policies have never been established in any western country in the past. Multicultralism is another word for third world immigration.
daffy 23 | 1,508  
5 Apr 2007 /  #19
Such policies have never been established in any western country in the past.

shows what you know then abot history. Ive just given you ONE example of a western country that has done what you suggested. It failed.

Multicultralism is another word for third world immigration.

so your calling Poland a third world country? i dont agree with that.

People have ALWAYS went to economic centres throughout HISTORY in order to find work and money

Rome, in the early AD

Venice

Marco Polos, silk route

Then the industrial revolution it was the lkes of London, Paris, Milan for eg.

Up to recently it was the USA

Now europe is gaining and people go to west europe.
krakuskabanos 4 | 43  
27 Sep 2009 /  #21
All I am asking is what is the overall feeling of Polish people towards other peoples?

tourists arent welcome. full stop. some poles seriously have an issue with customer service. they do not care if they dont smile at customers. somes poles are even so proud to admit that tourists should be able to speak polish and that they find it really annoying if they dont.
DodoBird - | 1  
27 Sep 2009 /  #22
I see no problem with expecting someone who's come to visit a country to have at least a rudimentary grasp of the language. Even if it's just using a phrase book to translate, I'd say that the effort is appreciated. As for the smiling thing, that's a cultural difference. Poles find feigned pleasantness to be off-putting. As someone who was born there but raised abroad, even I find American 'faux happiness' to be a little creepy.
krakuskabanos 4 | 43  
27 Sep 2009 /  #23
even I find American 'faux happiness' to be a little creepy

so true!

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