The “Rise” in Residential Redlining and Segregation

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?

Your thought!

Submitted by Winnie Eke



4 thoughts on “The “Rise” in Residential Redlining and Segregation

  1. You say “economics” is used as a ruse and that fines are “rigged”; I totally agree as my limited experience has been that the economic discrimination is still resulting in disparate impact based on race, color, or nationality, etc. Yes, also I agree the fines need to be more immediate and tied to how much a person is worth. We still have that “silent” majority , as Nixon said, and they tend to be very conservative as far as pressing for equal rights goes. The prime mover of the laws, the local and state and federal governments, are not enforcing the laws and I see that I see as the biggest problem because the “silent majority” is must not going to rise up and do anything absent the spiritual inspiration. I fear the digital revolution has pushed us farther apart from the causes that matter: the erosion of human rights.


  2. Thanks for your comment. We are really seeing exaggeration of residential segregation. It was overt segregation in Jim Crow era. Now economics is used. The idea of allowing those who discriminate on housing to just pay fines is rigged. Wealthy people can pay fines and that does not change the status quo. They still have the wealth. Forcing them to sell the building or losing ownership of their franchise as Mr. Sterling did may be the way to go. The laws and constitution have not been helping unless people are educated on their rights.


    On Wed, Jul 22, 2015 at 11:30 AM, ASPA National Weblog wrote:


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  3. In some states “source of income” discrimination is unlawful. I feel that eventually “source of income” will give rise to amount of income as discrimination also. Either way amount of income can be a ruse to weed out persons based on other protected categories like, race, sex, nationality, etc. There are still laws that are supposed to guarantee full and equal rights [California Unruh Act as well as the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th amendment] holding that “every” person is entitled to rights, and full and equal protection and privileges, etc. I think the rights granted to “everyone” is a stronger tool to fight race discrimination than the intentional discrimination or disparate impact theories. Your article makes valid points. The laws need to be strengthened and the agencies need to be revamped to provide greater enforcement; some of these do nothing government agencies need to be eliminated as the sole purpose of many is to discourage citizens from exercising their rights.


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