Tiffany B. Brown

On Segregation

The Hispanic population grew in almost every corner of the United States over the past decade, roughly equally in predominantly black and predominantly white neighborhoods. The typical African-American resides in a neighborhood that is 14 percent Hispanic, only slightly higher than the figure for the population as a whole. … Instead, the dominant trend in predominantly black neighborhoods nationwide has been population loss. Particularly in the formerly hyper-segregated cities of the Northeast and Midwest, ghetto neighborhoods have witnessed profound population declines, as former residents decamp for the suburbs or for the rapidly growing cities of the Sun Belt—where segregation is generally very low.

So desegregation is not caused by whites and Latinos moving into predominantly black neighborhoods. It’s due to black folks having access to jobs and credit and moving to predominantly non-black neighborhoods.

At least that’s my understanding of the Manhattan Institute’s report THE END OF THE SEGREGATED CENTURY: Racial Separation in America’s Neighborhoods, 1890-2010. [Via Ebony Magazine, which has been unexpectedly awesome lately.

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