Overview of my topic:
I have decided to do my research project on racial segregation in neighborhoods within the black community. Racial Segregation really took of in the 1930’s when redlining was implemented in order to keep people out of white neighborhoods. Beyond redlining in 1869, the supreme court deemed it legal for whites and blacks to be separate, but equal. This created a whirl of inequalities since it wasn’t at all equal. Black people formed their own neighborhoods and schools, as for whites did the same, creating more segregated neighborhoods and societies.
To this day neighborhoods are still segregated. This is still an ongoing issue we face as a society today. One researcher described as “It’s as if some of these places have been trapped in the past, locking neighborhoods into concentrated poverty,”(Jan) 3 out of 4 neighborhoods that were red lined are still struggling economically. Studies have shown also that the health of those in neighborhoods affected ares significantly worse. (“Racial Segregation in Neighborhoods Linked to Hypertension.”) This is still in fact an issue our society still faces, and has faced for the past century.
When looking for a topic I was astonished to find that the level of segregation within the black community to be similar to that of 100 years ago. I became really curious afterwards on how this is still the case, and how everyone is being affected. I feel very strong about this my self being a black person in America, and just really wanted to see how segregation affects the world, and the black community. Its overall an unfair and unjust system, and cycle that black people still this day are stuck in. I feel as a country we shouldn’t have to be dealing with forms of segregation in 2020. These are issues our country has been dealing with for the past century that have still not been addressed. I personally feel I want to do this for my research project, so I can better educate myself on the systematic segregation of America. It shocked me that even after the ban of redlining and such, we still are seeing racial based segregation in neighborhoods all throughout the country. I do not see how this is still a progressing issue in America and because of that I feel a need, and want to do this as my research project.
Here is the link to my full interest essay:https://docs.google.com/document/d/1tmo9ybqXV–2BQ1q6UX2TbEQtzQzW3rWBqlx46FyHd4/edit
(What You Need to know) History of problem:
Racial segregation started all the way back when the supreme court deemed it legal for black and white people to be separate but equal. This created a unfair separation as whites were residing in the much nicer neighborhoods, creating an unequal separation between black and white people. After the freedom of slavery, there was a long reconstruction period black folks went through in order attain their full rights as citizens. This has been an issue that still stands as a problem to this day. Evidence suggest that “the issue has been a stable issue”, and still “persist at high levels” (Dawkins).
This issue evolved over time with the creation of segregated and unfair school districts. The public school you attend is dependent on the neighborhood you live in, and lots of black kids only had access to the worst public schools that are potentially dangerous and unsafe. This created an unfair system that made it hard for black people to get out of. It is hard to have the same opportunity to succeed when you have to live in racially segregated neighborhoods that are unfairly disadvantaged. According to an analysis by researchers in the Department of Population Health at NYU School of Medicine Segregation by neighborhoods “These large life expectancy gaps occur most frequently in cities that have higher levels of racial and ethnic segregation”(NYU Langone Health: Large Life Expectancy Gaps in U.S. Cities Linked to Racial & Ethnic Segregation by Neighborhood”). This proves that not only are these neighborhoods lacking education, but a unsafe place to live.
Here is the link to my full essay: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1D0HS9TeDkb1_b7UWu3jhdovmKZWgb_NyauPF7EuDt3s/edit
Present Day Problem:
Racial Segregation within the black community, in neighborhoods has barely gotten better over time. To this day neighborhoods are still segregated based on race. This results in minority communities such as African Americans, not getting an equitable chance in life. These kids at times cant go outside or have to endure the sound of gun shots daily. Living in a environment like this can cause extreme trauma, that most people shouldn’t go through especially at a young age. This has caused a lot of disparity in the black community since people are not given an equitable chance to have a better life, or have to work two or three times harder just to get there. According to urban studies, big cities to this day are still “extremely segregated” (Krivo).
Here is a link to my full essay: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1p2ykPUotoCX0wJKrIpzJws1XLJ6F42i8sXJmBK30AH4/edit
For now action steps
As a society we can do a lot to help, and change this issue
- We can implement more accessible programs, into these neighborhoods to help people. By implementing programs that offer help with school, and offer job training and better resources of education, there is a higher chance they would be more successful, an be able to attain more wealth as an adult. If your living in an environment with lackluster education and resources, it will be a lot harder to be successful so by adding programs you would have a higher chance of more successful black people, resulting in less segregated neighborhoods.
- Strengthen the public schools in these areas. These areas consist of some of the worst public schools in the U.S. If you fund these public schools and give them more resources, the kids would be receiving a more equitable education regardless of where they live, creating a higher likelihood of success resulting in less segregated neighborhoods. These kids would be able to also attend better colleges due to the strengthening of their local schools. Here is a link on how a higher education results in higher success rates. https://www.vistacollege.edu/blog/resources/higher-education-in-the-21st-century/
- Create more integrated neighborhoods. By creating more integrated neighborhoods, you are solving the issue. By getting more integrated neighborhoods, more people will be able to have equitable opportunities, which would result in more equal access to success, which would then create even more integrated neighborhoods, solving the issue of segregated neighborhoods. By having integrated neighborhoods more black people will be given a fair opportunity to succeed, resulting in an increase of integrated neighborhoods.
- Getting rid of negative stereotypes. By getting rid of negative stereotype about black people, it will create more confidence in the black community, which would result in more people believing they can be successful, and result in more people being successful which would then result in more integrated neighborhoods. If you got rid of the negative stereo types attached to black people, more black people would feel comfortable in success since it wouldn’t be something looked at as not possible. With a eradication of these negative stereotypes, black people would feel better about themselves which would result in more success within the community. A way of doing this would be showing black people in a good light, and showing all the success had as a race.
You to as an individual person can do a lot as well!
- Micro (steps)
- Acknowledge that this is still an issue. By acknowledging its an issue you are able to realize the inequity African Americans experience in these neighborhoods. These neighborhoods are at times consisting of danger, and lackluster education making it just as hard to succeed in life. By acknowledging the issue you will bring awareness to it. People may not be aware of this cause there’s not enough attention put around it. By giving this more attention, there’s a higher chance of more people being involved. If you realize that its an issue, than more and more people may feel obligated to feel the same creating more awareness, which then improves the likelihood of something being done. Here is a link to an article that harps into detail on the problems those experience in these areas. https://www.nap.edu/read/9599/chapter/14
- Visit these actual neighborhoods. Visiting these neighborhoods will actually help you get a sense of the environment they live in. You can have the opportunity to almost live in their shoes, see the facilities around. You can also see how race shows up. This could give an idea of what its like potentially and how they live on a day to day basis. Here is a link to the most segregated neighborhoods in America. ‘https://finance.yahoo.com/news/16-most-segregated-cities-america-192040383.html
Thank you so much for taking the time to look at my web page!
Link to my work cited: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1HEZVA0YsUbpuhfk5RDcZ6x4gBxzyj4PW1F2IWeAEAiA/edit
If you’d like, respond to the comment section with how you would go about resolving this issue in America, as an individual, and as a community?