I live in the South...South Florida, to be specific.
I know that some people might disagree with me, but there is a lot of discrimination in Miami. It isn't always out in the open, but it's there.
It looks like a melting pot of races/cultures, but the racism manifests itself in different ways. I don't want to threadjack and move off topic, so I can't really elaborate on that at the moment. I just know that in my experience, the texture of my hair often causes people to respond negatively or to discriminate, although it has been relaxed since I was 11 years old.
That's why I'm switching to natural. By embracing my natural kinky curls, I'm giving the one-finger salute to everyone who says that tightly coiled hair is "ugly" or "bad".