From The Grio — It’s no secret that no matter what blows are dealt to the American economy, its citizens of color will feel them with far greater intensity than the rest of the nation.
However, much of the dialogue about the sour economic times and the effects it’s had on black and Latino communities has been relegated to the poor. Such attention is warranted, but that sort of linear coverage might have indirectly given other factions within each group a false sense of security. It may also be clouding the narrative about the root of these financial woes and just how dire they may be for all minorities.
Hopefully, the US 2010 research project and their newly unveiled findings will offer a much-needed dose of perspective to the conversation. According to new analysis of census data, the most successful blacks and Latinos are more likely to have poor neighbors than their wealthier white counterparts.
US 2010 reveals that the average affluent black and Hispanic household — defined as earning more than $75,000 a year — lives in a poorer neighborhood than the average lower-income non-Hispanic white household that makes less than $40,000 a year.
Sociologist John Logan, who helmed the US2010 Project at Brown University was blunt about his findings, telling USA Today, “Blacks are segregated and even affluent blacks are pretty segregated.”
Logan added, “African-Americans who really succeeded live in neighborhoods where people around them have not succeeded to the same extent.”
These disparities are greatest in metro areas in the Northeast and Midwest while lowest are in cities in the South.
Admittedly, these findings won’t exactly send shock waves to most blacks. Many of us have grown accustomed to the notion that more times than not, a large share of well-off blacks live in areas only a few bus stops away from their less successful brethren. For those itching to roast the “stunt and shows” segment of the race, this data will lend some credence to the perception that some upper-middle class and middle class blacks are having to live “down” in order to give airs that they’re still on the financial up and up.
But to bemoan that novelty distracts us from the greater issues at hand.