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Racial Segregation in Society

by: Alex Ellzey

Racial Segregation in Society SOC 101

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Racial segregation is still present in todays society
Understanding Society: Principles of Sociology
Karen Kozlowski
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Date Created: 10/17/16
Racial Segregation  Milwaukee- #1 most segregated city in the U.S. o WHY?  Income, history  Massey and Denton offer some insight  Historical practices in housing  Contemporary real estate practices  White fight as neighborhoods intergrate o The house you live in o End of WW2 o Federal housing administration  Several reasons why we see racial segregation still today  Largely a legacy of historical decisions from banks and government  1930s-late 1960s  Redlining: Federal Housing Administration, along with other government agencies and leaders o Created maps of “risky” investment that was based on areas in which people of color lived o Those areas become difficult for people to be approved for loans o White neighborhoods were more easily approved o Laid groundwork for geographic spaces that would come to be associated with particular racial groups  Unequal benefit distribution of the GI Bill after WWII o Although millions of soldiers served during WWII, mostly white soldiers were able to get the benefits of low-cost mortgages  Era of Legal discrimination in housing o Until 1968 it was legal to not allow people of certain races to move into neighborhoods  Even if they were financially qualified  Blockbusting o After the Fair Housing Act was passed, real estate agents in the 1960s-80s preyed on the fears of white suburban homeowners and encouraged them to sell their homes at below market prices o The agents could re-sell the homes to families of color at inflated prices o This manipulated the housing market to maintain the cycle of segregated spaces  Contemporary practices o real estate steering o white flight from integrating neighborhoods o access to economic capital  generations of whites have been better able to accumulate wealth as home values increase  wealth can be passed on to children  the children can use the wealth to acquire the benefits of higher social class  including their own homes in desirable communities 2


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