Over the past six months, Via Meadia has found itself in the unfortunate position of having to report on bad news from all over the world. So it’s a refreshing change of pace when we come across some news that is unequivocally good, as we have today. An article in the Wall Street Journal reports that segregation in America has hit a historical low point and is poised to drop even further. The report, issued by the Manhattan Institute, has a good deal of positive news:
Fifty years ago, nearly half the black population lived in a ghetto, the study said, while today that proportion has shrunk to 20%. All-white neighborhoods in U.S. cities are effectively extinct, according to the report.
This is news that all Americans can be proud of. It is gratifying to see the legacy of the civil rights movement live on, and to see race be less of a factor in American life than ever before.But while the melting pot is happily bubbling away in the nation as a whole, the report’s findings on the geography of segregation show that some regions are doing better than others. Blue state politicians have long taken pride in their commitment to civil rights and opposition to segregation, yet the places they preside over are among the least likely to reflect those commitments, in terms of multicultural mixing. Among America’s largest Metro areas, the least segregated (Dallas, Houston and Atlanta) are in the deep-red South, while Northern blue enclaves (Detroit, Chicago and Cleveland) round out the bottom of the list as relative bastions of segregation. As Americans of all colors flee the decaying cities of the rust belt for greener (and sunnier) pastures in the South and West, the blue North is quickly losing any pretense to the title of multicultural melting pot of America. In the future, Americans seeking diversity may just be heading South.