Study: Income does not explain segregation patterns in housing

16.08.2011 § Leave a comment

Here is a new study on segregation patterns in housing. Although this article’s main focus is on the injustice of black middle class families whose median income is above $75,000 (some of us find that defining ‘living in a good neighborhood’ exclusively in terms of income to be  seriously lacking.) there are some very interesting points:
a) The Pew Research Center reported that the wealth gap between whites and minorities is at a historic high, largely because of the slide in housing prices. A study by the National Urban League found that 30 years of economic gains for blacks were lost in the recession. 
b) census data suggesting a lack of resources (supermarkets, schools, hospitals, libraries)  in communities of color that could be said to be equal in terms of income.
 This can serve as yet another reminder that using only wages as a measuring stick leaves out important content in the sphere of social reproduction that shapes the contours and content of different class relations and oppression.
              
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