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    Todd M.
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    I work in an ethnically diverse workplace, and in the parking lot I have observed the parking habits of the people here. Why is it that black drivers consistently back into parking places?

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    Name : Todd M., Gender : M, Sexual Orientation : Straight, Race : White/Caucasian, Religion : Catholic, Age : 30, City : Jacksonville, State : FL Country : United States, Occupation : Sales, Education level : 4 Years of College, 
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    Angie24970
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    There are many reasons why SOME African Americans choose to back into parking spaces, but here are a couple: 1)Unfortunately, many Black folks have expired tags and things of the sort. There may also be a requirement to have a special bumper sticker, as in for parking or ID. Backing in is a way that ONLY the very DESPERATE will search for the proper protocol – it avoids all of the hassels that go along with not having what you need; 2)After coming from a long, hard day’s work, the first thing on my mind is getting as far away as I can – backing in is the perfect answer to this b/c you can just leave w/o too much maneuver. I hope that helps!

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    Name : Angie24970, Gender : F, Sexual Orientation : Straight, Race : Black/African American, Religion : Baptist, Age : 21, City : Nashville, State : TN Country : United States, Occupation : student, Social class : Middle class, 
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    Carlton
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    I’ve noticed this, too. I asked around, and I have come to the conclusion that it’s a regional instead of ethnic thing. Backing into the parking space makes it easier and safer to get out, which can become more important when snow and ice are a factor. There’s been a big migration of African Americans from Northern urban areas to Southern cities. They bring their driving and parking habits with them. You tend to notice it because this is not typical behavior in the South, and even more so because of the race of the person who is doing it.

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    Name : Carlton, Gender : M, Race : White/Caucasian, City : Atlanta, State : GA Country : United States, Education level : Over 4 Years of College, Social class : Middle class, 
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    Angie24971
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    There are many reasons why SOME African Americans choose to back into parking spaces, but here are a couple: 1) Unfortunately, many black folks have expired tags and things of the sort. There may also be a requirement to have a special bumper sticker, as in for parking or ID. Backing in is a way that only the very desperate will search for the proper protocol – it avoids all of the hassels that goes along with not having what you need; 2) After coming from a long, hard day’s work, the first thing on my mind is getting as far away as I can – backing in is the perfect answer to this because you can just leave without too much maneuvering.

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    Name : Angie24971, Gender : F, Sexual Orientation : Straight, Race : Black/African American, Religion : Baptist, Age : 21, City : Nashville, State : TN Country : United States, Occupation : student, Social class : Middle class, 
    #29419

    Samm29440
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    I often back into parking spaces at my workplace, because I just bought a new car and the spaces are small. I pick spaces where I am between two cars and the passenger-side door of each car is on either side of me (one car is backed in and the other is facing forward). That way, the driver of either car can enter his car without hitting his door into mine. If there is a passenger, usually the driver will back out so that the passenger can get in. Also, when I am ready to go, I can jump in and go!

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    Name : Samm29440, Gender : F, Sexual Orientation : Straight, Race : Black/African American, Religion : New Age/Metaphysical, Age : 36, City : Boston, State : MA Country : United States, Occupation : Office Manager, Education level : 2 Years of College, Social class : Middle class, 
    #43771

    James
    Member

    I also back into parking spaces for the simple reason that it is safer when exiting. When you back in nothing is moving in a cross traffic pattern. When you pull out you can see what is coming and reduce the chance of an accident or backing over a person walking through the lot. I have never noticed it to be a black thing.

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    Name : James, Gender : M, Sexual Orientation : Straight, Race : White/Caucasian, Religion : Baptist, Age : 57, City : Warren, State : OH Country : United States, Occupation : Technician, Education level : Over 4 Years of College, Social class : Middle class, 
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    Kay26739
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    Ooops! I didn’t know it was a Black thing – I’ve been backing into parking spaces for years, although I usually look for a space where I can just pull through into a space that faces forward. My husband and I call them ‘fast getaway’ spaces, and we do it specifically so we can leave without a lot of backing and filling (we’ve both got big vehicles that aren’t particularly nimble).

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    Name : Kay26739, Gender : F, Race : White/Caucasian, Age : 36, City : Lansing, State : MI Country : United States, Occupation : Artist, Education level : 4 Years of College, Social class : Middle class, 
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    Sebastian
    Member

    Some cities and possibly states/provinces have laws saying you are not allowed to back out of a parking lot or driveway onto a street (although such laws are seldom enforced), which makes sense when you think about it. Perhaps these blacks in question are just driving more sensibly, because it is much easier to drive out of a space (facing forward) than to ‘back’ out.

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    Name : Sebastian, Gender : M, Race : White/Caucasian, Age : 21, City : Montreal, Quebec, State : NA Country : Canada, 
    #40736

    Brian23017
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    It’s interesting that you associate this with blacks. As a child raised in rural Indiana, my grandfather told me that vehicles backed into a parking spot was a sure sign of ‘hill-billies.’ As the driver of a full-sized pick-up truck, and a veteran of hours of tractor-work, I have found that backing into a parking spot is sometimes easier than pulling in straight ahead if the spot is tight.

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    Name : Brian23017, Gender : M, Sexual Orientation : Straight, Race : White/Caucasian, Religion : Methodist, Age : 25, City : Kokomo, State : IN Country : United States, Occupation : journalist, Education level : 4 Years of College, Social class : Middle class, 
    #23745

    Karen26763
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    I truely believe if you look at anything hard enough, you will definately find it. I myself as a black woman prefer to pull into parking spaces and back out.

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    Name : Karen26763, City : Minneapolis, State : MN Country : United States, 
    #30393

    Fitzroy-J
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    I back into parking spaces so that I can make a fast exit. I picked up this habit when I started parking in white neighborhoods. I did this so that I could make a fast exit if any problems occur.

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    Name : Fitzroy-J, City : New York, State : NY Country : United States, 
    #23849

    troy24909
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    I think it’s as simple as this, for any race.Why line up and do the ‘NORM’ why not be diffrent. Lets stop putting ‘ACTIONS’ with race. Also it looks good and it’s cool and the car is easy to find, must I go on?

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    Name : troy24909, Gender : M, Sexual Orientation : Straight, Race : Black/African American, Religion : Catholic, Age : 34, City : atlanta, State : GA Country : United States, Occupation : owner/company, Education level : 2 Years of College, Social class : Middle class, 
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    Troy-D
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    I think it’s as simple as this, for any race.Why line up and do the ‘NORM’ why not be diffrent. Lets stop putting ‘ACTIONS’ with race. Also it looks good and it’s cool and the car is easy to find, must I go on?

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    Name : Troy-D, Gender : M, Sexual Orientation : Straight, Race : Black/African American, Religion : Catholic, Age : 34, City : atlanta, State : GA Country : United States, Occupation : owner/company, Education level : 2 Years of College, Social class : Middle class, 
    #34165

    T27553
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    I am white, But I prefer to back in parking spots. It’s easier and safer when you pull out.

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    Name : T27553, City : Anytown, State : IL Country : United States, 
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    Julie27048
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    I usually don’t back into parking spaces because I am not good at manuevering a vehicle backward. The thing is, if I pull into a parking spot front-first, I still have to back out – which I hate doing.

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    Name : Julie27048, Gender : F, Race : Black/African American, Age : 30, City : Woodbridge, State : VA Country : United States, Education level : 4 Years of College, Social class : Middle class, 
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