Segregation (and racism) is alive and well in
America. So who cares if George kills some dark skinned Arabs or
No one wants to discuss the reality of racism in America but it is alive and
There are no Black or Hispanic governors nor any Black or Hispanic United States
In America, people live in segregated communities.
So is it any wonder that no one complains much when George Bush wants to kill
some dark skinned Arabs or non-Christian Muslims.
November 28, 2002
Segregation in America's communities
Christina Ling, Reuters
WASHINGTON (Nov. 27) - Blacks remain the most highly segregated minority group in neighborhoods across the United States, despite changes over the last 20 years, the U.S. Census Bureau said on Wednesday.
Billed as one of the agency's most exhaustive studies ever of residential segregation, the report on trends between 1980 and 2000 showed Hispanics were the next most segregated group, followed by Asians, American Indians and Alaska natives.
But while blacks, traditionally the United States' largest minority group and who made up 12.9 percent of the total population in 2000, became less segregated over the period, the other groups became more so or showed a mixed trend.
Hispanics, who number 12.5 percent of population -- roughly the same as blacks for the first time -- generally became more segregated in areas of high Hispanic immigration.
The report also found some measures of segregation increased and others decreased for American Indians and that the greater the percentage of Asians in an area's population, the more they tended to be isolated and to live together.
SEGREGATION'S EFFECTS LINGER
While the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s brought an end to the forced segregation of the infamous Jim Crow laws, the debate continues about its lingering effect in areas of American life from education to housing.
Increases, decreases and stability in the concentration of minority populations also has additional ramifications for the ability of those populations to affect both local and national politics.
''The big fight right now in terms of politics is going on in the suburban ring where the white population first moved and where now the black population is beginning to concentrate,'' said Ronald Walters, a professor of political science at the University of Maryland.
''It's not totally open yet but a lot (of residential decisions) are more open to choice than in the past,'' Walters added. ''There's a subtle difference because in a lot of places you have ... a lot of illegal stuff going on with respect to where people can and cannot live and practices by people who sell and rent housing that is discriminatory.''
The Census Bureau study found that blacks became less segregated in most of the 220 metropolitan areas under examination, even though changes were slight in many areas.
The most integration occurred in the West and South, particularly in California, Florida and Texas, with the Northeast and Midwest registering little to no movement.
In towns with at least 1 million people and 3 percent or 20,000 blacks, the most segregated in both 1990 and 2000 were Milwaukee-Waukesha, Wisconsin; Detroit, Michigan; Cleveland, Ohio; St Louis, Missouri; and Newark, New Jersey. The same five areas were also among the top six most segregated in 1980.
The least segregated areas for blacks were Orange County and San Jose, California; Phoenix-Mesa, Arizona; Riverside-San Bernadino, California and Norfolk-Virginia Beach-Newport, Virginia.
By most measures, Hispanics became less segregated in southern metropolitan areas between 1980 and 2000 and more segregated in western metropolitan areas for the same period.
New York remained the most segregated city for Hispanics as it has been for the past two decades, the report noted, while Providence, Rhode Island became much more segregated and Miami, Florida much less segregated for the community.
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