Persisting segregation has to do with the consistent separation of neighborhoods by color/ethnicity. Those who are colored, especially Black Americans, have throughout history been separated from White Americans in neighborhoods and other living conditions. It’s referred to as persisting segregation because it still persists even throughout all the policy changes that have been made and the time that has passed.
Section 8 is a system through which low income tenants can receive homes/apartments at fair market rates which would make them easier to afford. Now while the system seems great at face value, segregation still persists in its undertones. In “A Year after Ferguson, Housing Segregation Defies Tools to Erase it”, written by John Eligon in the New York Times, we have examples of Persisting Segregation. Due to processes like Suburbanization, which helped separate White and Black Americans living conditions, and FHA policies which made it close to impossible for Black Americans to get loans for a house, there’s a clear reason why neighborhood’s are predominately either all people of color or all White. The article expresses that even with Section 8 vouchers which should allow low income families be able to afford/buy the houses they previously couldn’t, that only certain types of properties are attainable, these properties being in low income neighborhood’s that are predominately colored as well and/or with high crime rates and poor schooling systems. This flaw in Section 8 helps promote persisting segregation rather than end the separation between White and Black American neighborhood’s.
In the article, “Living Apart: How the Government Betrayed a Landmark Civil Rights Law” by Nikole Hannah-Jones, she expresses that even though all these policies are coming about to help “change” the segregation, there really is no change, no matter how much time or money is put into it, “New York City, home to the nation’s largest black population, has reeled in $4 billion in block grants since 1993. Yet in that time, demographers say, racial segregation has eased by just 3 percent”. This inclusion of segregation exemplifies why there can’t be equality. Until persisting segregation ends and people of color are allowed to have the same opportunities to purchase housing in low crime neighborhoods with good schooling systems, there will never be equality.
Eligon, John. “A Year After Ferguson, Housing Segregation Defies Tools to Erase It.” A Year After Ferguson, Housing Segregation Defies Tools to Erase It. The New York Times, 8 Aug. 2015. Web. 27 Oct. 2016.
Hannah-Jones, Nikole. “Living Apart: How the Government Betrayed a Landmark Civil Rights Law.” Top Stories RSS. Propublica, 08 July 2015. Web. 27 Oct. 2016.
Image is of a section 8 voucher.