Residential And School Segregation Based On Race Impact Essay

810 Words Oct 15th, 2015 4 Pages
Residential and school segregation based on race impact the day-to-day lives of countless US citizens. The qualities of living and education are starkly different for those of different racial backgrounds. In Racial Domination, Racial Progress, Matthew Desmond and Mustafa Emirbayer provide an endless supply of facts that highlight the disparities by race in these two areas, as well as the connections between the two of them. It is a common belief among white Americans that racism and segregation ended with the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Evidence to counter this misconception is evident in the lives of many nonwhite Americans and easily recognizable in the neighborhoods in which they live. “In many areas, more than 60% of the entire black population would have to move into different neighborhoods to achieve perfect integration.” (Desmond and Emirbayer 2010:217) This quote presents concrete evidence that residential segregation does still exist. Hispanic and Asian Americans also experience this segregation, although not to the same extent as African Americans. (Desmond and Emirbayer 2010:217) Through drawing conclusions from these facts, one knows that not only do nonwhites tend to live among other nonwhites, but that whites tend to live among other whites. These startling levels of segregation lead to severe consequences as evidenced in most major cities. The vast majority of high-poverty US neighborhoods are mainly home to nonwhites. (Desmond and Emirbayer…

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