Study Finds Segregation Down, But Not Gone

A new study of census results has found that segregation in the United States has decreased and that U.S. cities are more racially integrated now than at any time since 1910. Though the study found the decline, experts say it should not be viewed as an indicator that it is the end of segregation.

According to the New York Times article:

William H. Frey, the chief demographer at the Brookings Institution, cautioned that “the report sends a potentially harmful message that black-white residential separation is no longer a priority issue in this country.

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“While recent modest declines in black segregation levels are welcome, the 2010 census shows that the average black resident still lives in a neighborhood that is 45 percent black and 36 percent white,” he said. “At the same time, the average white lives in a neighborhood that is 78 percent white and 7 percent black. Black segregation levels are even higher for children, signaling the continued separation of black and white families across communities with different levels of resources available for schools and other services important for nurturing the next generation.”

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