All-White Urban Neighborhoods 'Effectively Extinct'
But Manhattan Institute report finds that racial inequality persists
By Kate Seamons, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 31, 2012 7:48 AM CST
Updated Jan 31, 2012 7:53 AM CST
Martin Luther King waves to supporters 28 August 1963 from the Lincoln Memorial on the Mall in Washington DC during the 'March on Washington'.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – As America prepares to celebrate Black History Month, revelations both encouraging and discouraging from the Manhattan Institute: A report released yesterday finds that the segregation of blacks in America's cities has hit its lowest point since 1910, thanks in part to the rise of black suburbanization, changes in the law, and improved access to credit. "All-white neighborhoods are effectively extinct," wrote the think-tank fellows behind the report, which reviewed every census between 1890 and 2010. "A half-century ago, one-fifth of America’s urban neighborhoods had exactly zero black residents. Today, African-American residents can be found in 199 out of every 200 neighborhoods nationwide. The remaining neighborhoods are mostly in remote rural areas or in cities with very little black population."

But the report, which focuses on changes in housing over that period, reveals that integration hasn't been a "magic bullet" capable of killing all racial inequality, reports the Los Angeles Times. "Far too many Americans still lack the opportunity to achieve meaningful success," write the authors, who note that the annual median income of black households fell 3.2% in 2010, to $32,068; 27.4% of those households were below the poverty line. "Only a few decades ago, conventional wisdom held that segregation was the driving force behind socioeconomic inequality," they write. "The persistence of inequality, even as segregation has receded, suggests that inequality is a far more complex phenomenon."

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Feb 1, 2012 1:37 AM CST
Wait! the annual per capita income for black American homes is $32,068???? That's higher than more nations in the world! And blacks still complain?!
Jan 31, 2012 12:51 PM CST
Saucier comment that many blacks do not value education is correct, but I am not sure that is a "Black" thing. I come from a white, blue collar family that saw a couple of sociopathic members "make it" post WW2, and somehow came to the conclusion that college was a waste of time and money----their post-depression money. No child in the family I grew up in was EVER encouraged to go to college, and certainly no money was offered. If not for student loans and grants, none of my sibling or I would have made it IN college, much less graduated. This was true for almost all my cousins on both sides of my very white and religious family. And guess who promoted the idea that kids don't need college? The successful sociopaths. My uncle was a vice president in Coke, but only 1 of his 7 kids went to college, for instance. And I bet he didn't offer to pay a dime.
Jan 31, 2012 10:16 AM CST
As a minority that grew up in poverty let me tell you this. The only way to break that cycle is by strong families. Not only yours, but your friend's families also. Children need much more discipline and support in that situation.