The Failure of Desegregation : The New Yorker
Instead, it was policies like the Interstate Highway Act, whose passage one year earlier helped spawn American suburbia.
And here, in a nutshell, the author lets slip the unspoken dream of the “integrationists.” It is that the state should force citizens to live where integrationists deem it best for them to live and, concomitantly, the state should forcibly prevent citizens from moving to where they would like to live. “Suburbia” is the segregationist demon, you see. It permits white people to escape areas in which they no longer wish to live.
The author further characterizes the cherry-picked examples of the “new integration sans Jim Crow,” all conveniently located in areas where state welfare programs guarantee that communities will be of color and poverty, while carefully ignoring phenomena such as these:
10 of the Richest Black Communities in America – Atlanta Black Star
Uniondale, New York
Uniondale is a middle class predominately Black community in the suburbs of New York City. The average family income is $76,553, which makes the town one of the most flourishing African-American cities in the United States.
Hillcrest, New York
Hillcrest is another middle-class Black community in New York. The median family income is $76,960, securing Hillcrest a spot on the list as one of the most prosperous African-American communities in the United States.
Friendly is a upper-middle-class Black community in Prince George’s County, Md. Landing in at the eighth spot, Friendly’s average family income is $82,827, solidifying its place as an affluent African-American community in the United States.
A suburban community in Prince George’s County, Maryland, Woodmore is an affluent African-American town with a median family income of $103,438. With a majority population of Black people, Woodmore is one of the wealthiest African-American communities in the United States.
Kettering is also a thriving African-American community in Prince George’s County, Md. The average family income for this town is $107,008. Kettering has a population of 78.5% Black people, safely landing it on this list of the wealthiest African-American communities in the United States.
Fort Washington, Maryland
Fort Washington is an upper-middle-class Black community, which borders Washington, D.C., just south of the downtown district. It is a prosperous community with a median family income of $114,243. Extending over 14 square miles, Fort Washington is home to families with children, young professionals and college students. More than a third of residents have a bachelor’s or advanced college degree.
Mitchellville, too, is a upper-middle-class African-American community in Maryland. The average family income of this town is $118,022. Residents of Mitchellville take tremendous pride in their friendly community and beautiful homes. It offers its population access to excellent public schools, which boast high test performance and a graduation rate of more than 80 percent. Most students go on to pursue college degrees, and have easy access to prestigious nearby institutions such as Johns Hopkins University, Georgetown University, and the U.S. Naval Academy.
Ladera Heights, California
Ladera Heights is an affluent Black prestigious community in California. The average family income is $132,824. Much of the area’s appeal stems from the stunning views of the Pacific Ocean available from many hillside houses, as well as its proximity to beaches and Hollywood.
Baldwin Hills, California
Baldwin Hills has a median family income of $157,033, which secures it as one of the richest Black communities in the United States. The community was given the nickname the Black Beverly Hills after African Americans began moving into the area, especially musicians and film actors.
View Park-Windsor Hills, California
View Park-Windsor Hills is an affluent Black community with an average family income of $159,168. View Park-Windsor Hills are part of a band of districts, from Culver City’s Fox Hills district on the west to the Los Angeles district of Leimert Park. The area is the single largest geographically middle- and upper-class Black community in the United States.
All of which brings us to an interesting set of exit questions:
1. Does Jelani Cobb advocate all the residents of these various suburbs immediately relocate back to the urban areas they left, so that they can be forced to help integrate the school system?
2. How does Jelani Cobb regard President Barack Obama sending his own children to exclusive private schools – a practice he followed even when he was a minor political figure in Chicago and security was not an issue?
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