The Amish believe that shunning is biblical and base the practice on various scriptures. Shunning is done when an Amish member disobeys church laws and doesn't change their ways.
Most of the Amish live in southeast Pennsylvania, but there are areas in Canada and the Midwest that the Amish have settled in as well. The most famous region they live in is Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.
Although discouraged, smoking is often not strictly prohibited. As a result, smoking is practiced by some Amish men and youth.
The Ammish may claim not to "hate" black people but that does not mean they ALLOW them to intermingle with them or their families or their gatherings and that also includes interracial unions being formed between those who black and those who are Ammish (white)
Those who say the Ammish do not hate black people are only giving half a story. Hate does not have to be open or publicly done but it can be silently and privately practiced.
1. Several say the Ammish do not hate black people because they do not judge according to Matthew 7: 1. Certainly they do not judge with words but their lack of associations with those who are black as well as lack of interracial unions and lack of mixtures in their communities do show that some form of judging had to have taken place in order to keep their communities the way that it is presently is.
2. Several misquote scrptures such as Genesis 6:9, Genesis 24:2-4, and Lev. 21:14 stating that God wants all to stick to their own race. A ridiculous and absurd misquotation of scripture. God is NOT against interracial union in fact. He grafted in those who belong to the Gentile racial heritages (called the wild olive tree in the Bible) be they black, Asian or Hispanic into the Jewish racial heritage who are called the olive tree in the bible. God also does NOT see interracial unions as wrong because in Christ ALL are ONE and are ALL His Children (Romans 11: 17 and Galatians 3: 26-29).