By Albert N. Milliron, Opinion-Editorial, Politisite.com and Iron Mill News Service
Well if you read mainstream news sources your would think the headline reflects pretty accurately what is transmitted through our airwaves each day. But when assumptions are put to real statistical data analysis, a different trend arises from the ashes.
So the Segregated cities are from South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, and Mississippi right? I mean surely Louisiana must be on the list. If you thought of those states, you would be wrong in each case. In Fact, the top five most segregated cities in America don’t even hail from the south. The cities who actually hold top billing are:
- Detroit, Michigan
- Milwaukee, Wisconsin
- New York, New York
- Newark, New Jersey
- Chicago, Illinois
- Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- Miami, Florida
- Cleveland, Ohio
- St. Louis, Missouri
- Nassau-Suffolk, New York
You even the slightest surprised? Not a Buckle of the Bible Belt Southern state on the top five list. In fact, you don’t see anything that even resembles a southern state, except for their ribs, until you get to number seven on the list, that would be St. Louis, Missouri. I know all you self-righteous red-neck attacking, southern draw mocking northerners just can’t believe that the real bigotry is growing in your own back yards.
The Huffington Post has this to say:
In three years time, it will have been exactly six decades since the Supreme Court ruled against school segregation in Brown v. Board of Education, putting an end to America’s dark legacy of so-called “separate but equal” facilities.
But to many, what should be cause for celebration will instead bring home a grim reality: after many years, the racial divide remains.
Steps have been taken to integrate America’s communities over the last 40 years, including the passage of a wave of fair housing laws that have helped protect against discrimination. Progress, however, has largely stagnated in the last decade, according to a new report “The Persistence of Segregation in the Metropolis” by Brown University professor John Logan and Florida State University professor Brian Stults.
Using 2010 Census data, Logan and Stults studied the racial make-up of America’s neighborhoods, finding the results to be uneven in many large cities. While integration improved markedly in some areas like Kansas City, which saw a 7.4 percent decrease in residential segregation over the last decade, New York declined only 1.7 percent. In Miami, segregation actually got worse.
“This is a surprising result,” Professor Logan told USA Today in December, before the report’s publication. “At worst, it was expected that there would be continued slow progress.”
Logan and Stults used a measurement called the Index of Dissimilarity to quantify segregation. Based on a scale of 1-100 — from perfect integration to complete separation — the index compares neighborhoods by race. Those cities with the highest levels of segregation, Logan and Stults found, hover around a score of 80, meaning 80 percent of an individual race would have to move so that each neighborhood reflects the racial composition of the city as a whole. (Currently the nationwide Index of Dissimilarity between blacks and whites is 62.7 percent.)
Below are the ten major metropolitan areas with the highest Index of Dissimilarity between black and white America, according to the report.