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Inclusion of Segregation is Exclusion of Equality

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.

1 Comment

  1. It’s actually sad how our government and most people don’t acknowledge that poverty can hit anyone. But that depending on your ethnicity, that’s how much help you are going to receive from the government. Only 3 presidents (Johnson, Clinton, Obama) and one head of the dept of Housing & Urban Development (George Romney) have tried to reform the FHA and end the housing segregation in America and haven’t been able to do much because of opposition in Congress. Romney even viewed “the blighted black ghettos as a root cause of the inner city riots” of the 1960s. You can even make the comparison to Ferguson today and other poor urban cities that are predominantly black and their protests. Good housing connects back to better employment, healthcare, infant mortality, and most importantly better schools. The Great Migration was caused because of the end of slavery but the White Flight was caused by the govt to please white people that didn’t want to live next to African Americans, which caused the cities to turn into ghettos. Therefore the poor neighborhoods/racial inequality we still see today are a result of the govt’s actions almost a century ago and their failure to do anything about it now.

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