Residential Segregation And Its Effects On Poor Neighborhoods

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Residential segregation not only restricts access to recourses, education, jobs and the pursuit of happiness, but also the type of food individuals are exposed to. The aggregation of African-Americans in low income communities is a consequence of lack of education, which exemplifies the paradigm that “Knowledge is power;” in this case knowledge of what constitutes a healthy diet and the risk factors that accompany processed, high fat foods. However, racial disparities involving the diet require more than knowledge; knowing the dangers of a toxic diet and the need for nutrient rich food will not surpass the oppression of institutional racism and residential segregation. For example, when surveying low income, non-white communities researchers found “in great abundance, convenience stores and fast food restaurants that mainly sell cheap, high-fat, high-sugar, and processed foods” (Karpyn 1992). The monopoly of unhealthy food in poor neighborhoods reveal how even if minorities are educated on what constitutes a healthy diet, residential segregation and lack of monetary funds inhibit a healthy life. Chronic diseases such as diabetes, obesity, and cancer all are directly linked to the toxic food Karpyn listed, thus suggesting that minorities are trapped in a cycle of poor diet and disease. African Americans and Latinos’ accessibility to unhealthy, disease filled food greatly surpasses that of whites and thus constitutes a larger portion of their diet. The popularity of fast…

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