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Neighborhoods and Cities Still Segregated

Despite increasing numbers of multiethnic neighborhoods in the United States, relatively few black or white families are actually moving into these them.

This segregation doesn't just happen in the US--it's prevalent all over the world. The Economist talks about how, for thousands of years, cities have been divided along racial lines. During the period of colonialism, white Europeans grabbed the safest, healthiest and nicest parts of the urban landscape for themselves.

For instance, in India, Calcutta was set up in 1690 by a member of Britain's East India Company, in defiance of the local Muslim overlord. It later competed with London as the biggest metropolis in the British empire.

And what about South Africa, which has only desegregated. The Economist says, "After their defeat of the Boers in 1902, the British masters of South Africa wanted labor for the gold mines that had given birth to Johannesburg; but they also wanted to attract white, English-speaking immigrants, and to promise them a life in which other races featured only as house servants. Ever more ingenious forms of separation emerged, including the foundation of present-day Soweto beside an urban sewage farm. In Cape Town, a new effort to divide, aimed at keeping Europeans healthy, began after the arrival of bubonic plague at the start of the 20th century."

Sociologist Kyle Crowder says, "We pay a lot of attention to this proliferation of multiethnic neighborhoods, but they are still only a small part of the overall inter-neighborhood mobility picture for blacks and whites. Blacks tend to originate in neighborhoods with very high concentrations of blacks and, when they move, they tend to move to other places that have very high concentrations of blacks. Their typical destination is not a multiethnic neighborhood. The same is even more true for whites." In other words, minorities segregate THEMSELVES.

Crowder says, "Our study tells a somewhat pessimistic story, but it’s also a realistic story. It’s a story that counters this idea that we should stop paying attention to residential segregation. The truth is, when it comes to eliminating residential segregation, we still have a long way to go. This becomes particularly clear when we look at the high percentage of black families from predominately black neighborhoods and the even higher percentage of white families from predominately white neighborhoods who wind up in homogeneous communities when they move.

"Residential segregation influences such things as the concentration and the propagation of crime as well as racial disparities in health and in exposure to pollution. When people say, 'Segregation is going away' and 'We don't need to worry about it anymore,' those are messages that people will latch onto quickly. Unfortunately, those types of statements are just untrue."

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