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Racial 'Neighborhood Gap' Fuels Social, Economic Inequality


Racial 'Neighborhood Gap' Fuels Social, Economic Inequality

Deirdre Fulton, staff writer

Persistent and troubling patterns of racial segregation in U.S. communities are constraining upward mobility for black and Hispanic families, according to new research from the Stanford Graduate School of Education.


This article does not do a good job of explaining the findings, so I’ll summarize.

Basically, a black family has to be visibly much better-off to make up for the effects of housing discrimination compared to a poorer white family. A real estate agent will not give the sales attention for a given house that a black family expresses interest in compared to the attention that a RE agent will give a somewhat poorer white family. In the case of suburban homes, the sales agents even often shunt them off to the “official black suburbs” (like Penn Hills in Pittsburgh, PG County in the DC area, etc.)

Nothing new here. That anyone can with a straight face claim that rampant racial discrimination has ended always blows me away.