We thought The Civil Rights Act of 1964 put an end to all segregation as we knew it but this is clearly not the case. Persisting segregation is observable in our country to this day and can be recognized in our day to day lives. Segregation is prevailing within the housing in our neighborhoods
Especially in recent times, extensive efforts have been made to combat segregation in communities. Providing all Americans with access to safe and affordable housing in communities that are rich with opportunity seems like a great way to kickstart new chances for minorities. These efforts were shut down quickly by board members who were against integrating the two racial communities and weren’t supportive of the idea of eliminating “black neighborhoods” and “white neighborhoods”. Government officials refused to enforce the law that would reverse decades worth of government-fostered segregation. Housing choice vouchers continues to encourage segregation in our society as well. The Housing Choice Voucher Program Section 8 is the federal government’s program in assisting those who are unable to support themselves and live a stable lifestyle. This government-assistance program promotes segregation through their public townhouses with the slightest flaw in this system. In John Eligon’s New York Times article, “A Year After Ferguson, Housing Segregation Defies Tools to Erase It”, he explains how Section 8 vouchers are encouraging segregation as the properties that the needy are being granted are in low-income neighborhoods. While many think this system helps improve segregation, it only deepens the separation between a “white” and a “black” neighborhood.
In Jana Kasperkevic’s, “New York bans ‘poor doors’ in win for low income tenants”, she explains the loophole in the previous legislation allowed for the buildings developers to design segregated housing using our tax dollars. This law was only recently banned and no longer requires separate entrances in public-housing units for “poor” residents. The requirement of separate doors specifically assigned to poor and rich is an example of persisting segregation in our society. Gratefully, new provision shuts down this absurd law and all affordable housing units are made with entrances accessible to all tenants no matter your income.
- Kasperkevic, Jana. “New York bans ‘poor doors’ in win for low income tenants”. New York bans ‘poor doors’ in win for low income tenants. The Guardian, 29 June 2015. Web. 28 Oct. 2016
- 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. 28 Oct. 2016