Violence and the Neighborhood Color Line
This introductory chapter discusses the overall level of racial segregation of housing in the United States. Data from the 2010 census indicate that the “average” whites live in a neighborhood that is 75 percent white. On the other hand, the racial composition of the residential neighborhoods where African Americans live is very different. Despite tolerance scores indicating that African Americans prefer to live in racially integrated communities, typical African Americans live in a neighborhood that is only 35 percent white. This study indicates that there are still wide gaps in the housing experiences of African Americans and whites. In relation to this research, the book examines the integration into white neighborhoods of African Americans—the nation's most segregated racial minority group.
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