Yes people are extremely ignorant and culturally intolerant.
When I was starting High School (grade 8 here so that was 1997/98) I was just like the average kid but my buddy and I use to deal with assholes throwing food and pennies at us..why who knows?
Then after getting into a more alternative apperance (heavy metal and eventually goth like) people would always yell insults, continue to throw stuff, try and start fights, talking behind our backs and laugh and a lot of other stuff. Hell, even this past summer when I was with my girlfriend and my mother, I was wearing leather pants and a red silk shirt and we were on the way to White Spot and some assholes in an American car drove by and yelled out "FAG!" So there are a lot of ignorance rednecks in this area that love to rag on most anyone.
Even in the last few years of High School there was a sudden burst of gang and racial related fights, two groups.. guys from India dubbed themselves "The Brown Boys" and then we had skaters who turned into full fledge cowboys, I kid you not, they would wear tight blue jeans, cowboy boots, plaid shirts and cowboy hats and drove big American boat sized cars and called themselves "The Cowboys." so we had to deal with the on going war of Cowboys & Indians, and as said it was all racial.. I absolutely despited the cowboys for their ignorance and just plain goofy ensemble but it was also annoying that the Indian guys had to act all hardcore with their SUV's and promote "Brown Pride," but I did hang out with a few of the "brown boys."