The Dream Revisited
Discussion 3: Ending Segregation: Our Progress Today

Discussion 3: Ending Segregation: Our Progress Today

April 2014

The third discussion in The Dream Revisited asks why we haven't made more progress in reducing segregation. 

Essay

  • Why Haven’t We Made More Progress in Reducing Segregation?

    by Margery Austin Turner

    The historical record clearly demonstrates that our nation’s stark patterns of racial segregation were established through public policy, including the enforcement of restrictive covenants, local land use regulations, underwriting requirements for federally insured mortgage loans, and siting and occupancy regulations for public housing. But the dynamics that sustain segregation today are far more complex and subtle.

Discussants

  • Economic Segregation of Schools is Key to Discouraging Integration

    by Micere Keels

    My comments focus on economic integration because I believe that desegregation efforts will be stymied for generations to come, due to the ways in which race and ethnicity are linked to income and wealth. Not even the most postracial White Americans will reside in mostly minority neighborhoods if it means sending their children to higher poverty schools.

  • Exclusionary Zoning & Fear: A Developer’s Perspective

    by Jon Vogel

    It is clear that many towns in this region use their power to control zoning in ways that serve to limit housing opportunity. The reasons for this approach range from perceived fiscal prudence to xenophobia. Whether nefarious motives are at play is really not all that important. [...] The bottom line is that municipalities that use exclusionary zoning need to lose their right to control their own destiny. 

  • How Do We Reconcile Americans’ Increasing Interest in Residential Diversity with Persistent Racial S

    by Camille Zubrinsky Charles

    There is mounting evidence that where we live is critically important for our overall life chances—the education of our children, our access to employment, our exposure to crime and environmental toxins, and our physical and mental health.  Thus, racial residential segregation has been referred to as “the structural linchpin” in persistent racial inequality in the United States.  It is worthy of our continued attention precisely because of its implications for overall well-being and upward socioeconomic mobility.

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