Separate but equal?

Well, more than fifty years since Brown v. Board, it seems America’s cities are still stuck on the “separate” part of the phrase.

As the results of the Census continue to roll out, the picture of the make up of America’s cities is being evaluated and as the numbers show, progress is slow and hard earned.

In their new report, “The Persistence of Segregation in the Metropolis,” Brown University professor John Logan and Florida State University professor Brian Stults looked at the trend in housing across the U.S. Using the 2010 Census, the pair found that despite increased racial and ethnic diversity, efforts to integrate American cities has slowed and in some places come to a dead halt.

The Most Segregated Cities in America

    1. Detroit, Michigan
    2. Milwaukee, Wisconsin
    3. New York, New York
    4. Newark, New Jersey
    5. Chicago, Illinois
    6. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    7. Miami, Florida
    8. Cleveland, Ohio
    9. St. Louis, Missouri
    10. Nassau-Suffolk, New York

Logan expressed his disappointment with the results telling USA Today:

“This is a surprising result. At worst, it was expected that there would be continued slow progress.”

While advocates of fair housing have worked since the Civil Rights era to secure the passage of legislation to prevent discrimination, the census numbers suggest there is a gap between the laws on the book and actual implementation.

Despite the grim news, there are some bright spots in the numbers on housing. In the last decade, Kansas City, which saw a 7.4 percent decrease in residential segregation.

What do you think of the list of the most segregated cities is the country? Do you live in one of the cities on the lists?  Are you surprised at the state of housing in the country?  Share your thoughts with us Clutchettes!

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