San Antonio has lots of “cities within the city.” Places that are geographically in the middle of San Antonio, but have made themselves into separate “cities.” One of them, Alamo Heights, is well-known throughout the city as a place where Minorities Are Not Welcome. Instead of gates at the city limits, since that would be illegal, they have Opie Taylor-style cops…and those cops will pull over just about any minority they see driving through. Heckle them, ticket them, do anything they can to make it clear that they aren’t welcome. The same is true of people on bikes, pedestrians, etc…anyone who isn’t white is all but run out of town by these petty little underpaid Alamo Heights cops.
My fiance and I lived on the outskirts of Alamo Heights when we moved here–no one had told us about the little white supremacist cops–and when my fiance, who is Hispanic, would ride his bike, cops would follow him or pace him. Just looking at him. All the time. To the point that he felt uncomfortable riding his bike anymore. Residents of Alamo Heights would give him inferior service, if they worked in the stores, and dirty looks if they were customers. If I was by myself in a store, all the salesladies would clamor to help me…but if I went in with Mr. Levins, they would all mysteriously vanish. This kind of treatment was so ubiquitous that we moved as soon as we could; it was like living in another world, or stepping back in time, and I’d never seen anything like it.
This is not the kind of obvious and apparent racism that would make it dangerous for minorities to live in Alamo Heights…but it definitely, in my mind, qualifies as a disgusting bastion of white racism.