This, according to the authors of a new studyreleased this week, from the Metropolitan Policy Program at the Brookings Institution. As the authors found, in the average U. In total, the authors tabulated that majority-black neighborhoods contain 3. The undervaluation of majority-black neighborhoods is of particular concern for cities.
These rankings often purport to measure highly complex conditions based on a single statistic and sometimes can be very damaging for the entities ranked. A recent report on Exposing Urban Legends: The Real Purchasing Power of Central City Neighborhoodsconducted by the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Employment and Training Institute for The Brookings Institution, examined the damage that marketing firms do to cities by ranking neighborhoods based on average household income from richest to poorest and then using racial and other stereotypes that steer retail businesses away from central city neighborhoods.
This study examines the basis for the segregation index, which has been used historically to compare urban areas, in order to determine why Milwaukee was ranked as the 3rd most segregated metro area in the U.
Findings The segregation index appears to represent an obsolete and racially-biased approach based on a white majority view of segregation. Historically concerned with "white flight" and "racial tipping," the index ranks metropolitan areas on the degree to which the African American population is evenly dispersed, with the goal of the same white-black ratio in every census tract.
For the Salt Lake City-Ogden metro area, which is ranked as one of the best on the segregation index and close to the "ideal," the desired goal is to have a less than 2 percent black population in each census tract.
Milwaukee's metro ranking on the index While claiming to be race-neutral, the index has historically been used to measure progress toward the dispersal of blacks into geographic units where they would remain in the minority.
Each decade, after the black population fails to move in the high percentages needed to become "evenly" dispersed i. The segregation index can only rank two races at a time, so that diverse urban populations of Latinos, Asians, and Native Americans are not factored into the black-white segregation rankings.
First, all Hispanics, regardless of stated race, are excluded. The remaining black-white racial categories reflect 19th century definitions. Any persons identified in whole or in any part as black or African American are considered "black.
It represents a radical departure from the white domination approach to desegregation that was introduced in the s and that has persisted in the segregation index rankings.
Unlike the historic segregation index, the integration measure reflects a democratic perspective that both majority white and majority black neighborhoods may be considered integrated, that is, if an 80 percent white and 20 percent black population is acceptable for a residential block, then an 80 percent black and 20 percent white population should be acceptable as well.
Using this new definition of black-white integration, this study analyzed the racial compositon of 8. We find that: These five metro areas have a combined population of 6.
The bias of the historic segregation index against "too black" communities and in favor of non-black areas can be seen in the metro areas ranked as "least segregated. Many of the Midwestern cities that are ranked as among the "most segregated" on the historic segregation index show average or above average rates of integration when actual counts are made of residents living on black-white integrated blocks.
The Milwaukee-Waukesha metro area is ranked 98th worst out of on the historic segregation index, but its percentage of population living on black-white integrated blocks ranks near the middle - 43rd highest out of the largest metro areas.
See Table 2 The Cleveland- Lorain-Elyria metro area is ranked 94th worst on the historic segregation index, but its percentage of population living on black-white integrated blocks ranks at 36th highest out of The Buffalo metro area is ranked 93rd worst on the historic segregation index, but has a 55th ranking of residents living on black-white integrated blocks.
Cincinnati and St. Louis are also labeled among the most segregated metro areas by the segregation index, but are in the top third of metro areas with integrated populations. The 20 metro areas with the highest percentages of residents living on black-white integrated blocks 16 to 39 percent are all located in the South.
These were not, however, the top metro areas identified by the historic segregation index. When major city rather than metro populations are compared, the City of Milwaukee's proportion of residents living on black-white integrated blocks ranks it in the top ten out of the fifty largest cities in the U.
Table 1 In the City of Milwaukee one out of every five residents Integrated blocks are located on the northwest side, the west side, and the east of the river areas of the City.
Maps 1 and 2 The absence of integrated blocks in the Milwaukee area suburbs and exurban communities contributed to a lower percentage of residents 9. Map 3 For maps of integrated, predominantly black, and predominantly white neighborhoods in each metropolitan area, see Density Maps of the African American and White Populations in the Largest Metro Areas.
Conclusion This block level analysis raises serious questions about the white-black dissimilarity segregation index historically used to rank metropolitan areas and its assumptions about the lack of integration occurring in many cities with large African American populations.
No single statistic or set of statistics can capture the complex population mix and levels of integration and segregation in urban America, and current segregation rankings of cities and metropolitan areas - while popular in the media - appear to offer little insight into the configuration of neighborhoods in cities with large African American populations.
Given housing preferences and electoral successes of African Americans in majority black neighborhoods and cities, emphasis on even dispersal of African Americans throughout each metropolitan area can hardly be considered a national goal with broad-based consensus.
Further, in-migration of Latino and Asian populations has brought increasing diversity to urban neighborhoods. In this context, integration may appropriately be defined as successful mixing of diverse populations, rather than the continued dominance of neighborhoods by an urban white majority.
Much of the United States remains racially segregated, with almost a third of the African American population living on blocks that are more than 90 percent black and over half of the white population living on blocks that are more than 90 percent white.
The data for Milwaukee and other metro areas clearly suggest the need for remedial efforts to combat racial discrimination and racial steering in housing; to support affirmative housing opportunities, particularly for low and moderate income African American families interested in moving into suburban areas; and to provide public and private support for integrated and diversified neighborhoods.
The implicit goal of the segregation index, that is, integrating urban America by diluting the population of black residents in individual neighborhoods, is one, however, which requires serious reexamination.The Souls of Black Folk study guide contains a biography of W.E.B.
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