One may think and assume that segregation of the races is a thing of the past. Not quite and I doubt if it ever went away.
In the 21st century, residential segregation is a subtle part of the structural racism that has kept Blacks behind despite the progress of civil rights. The price of residential exclusion and segregation has far more implications than housing alone.
In the past, residential segregation was mainly by race. However, according to Paul Taylor of the Pew Research Center the new residential segregation is now based on income. This is particularly noteworthy because those persons historically segregated against are among the lowest paid in the country, followed by new immigrants and migrant workers.
Residential segregation is ominous since it affects the social fabric of society. According to Rothstein, people in low-income and segregated neighborhoods are more likely to have poor school systems, do poorly in school, move frequently and have high morbidity and mortality rates. Is there any wonder the achievement gap keeps getting wider? Places like Ferguson, Baltimore, Southside Chicago and Detroit rank high as some of the largest and most segregated cities in the country. They still operate separate cemeteries, schools, etc. in different parts of their states.
One should not wonder why there is so much police brutality when the structure that permits and supports discrimination is built into the system. Is it not time to look at this type of injustice and call it what it is—separate and unequal?
Submitted by Winnie Eke