Although whites now accept open housing in principle, they remain prejudiced against Black neighbors in practice. Despite whites’ endorsement of the ideal that people should be able to live wherever they can afford to regardless of race, a majority still feel uncomfortable in any neighborhood that contains more than a few Black residents; and as the percentage of Blacks rises, the number of whites who refuse to enter or would try to move out increases sharply.–
These patterns of white prejudice fuel a pattern of neighborhood resegregation because racially mixed neighborhoods are strongly desired by Blacks. As the percentage of Blacks in a neighborhood rises, white desire for homes within it falls sharply while Black demand rises. The surge in Black demand and the withering of white demand yield a process of racial turnover. As a result, the only urban areas where significant desegregation occurred during the 1970s were those where the Black population was so small that integration could take place without threatening white preferences for limited contact with Blacks.
Douglas Massey and Nancy Denton, American Apartheid: Segregation and the Making of the Underclass (via wretchedoftheearth)
this here is like the epitome of the residual effects of institutionalized oppression. the fact that there are so many Black people today who are unemployed, living below the poverty line, and being denied private housing AND public housing is a result of long standing structural forms of oppression. white folks back in the day were signing covenants to legally prevent Black people from coming into their neighborhoods and before that we saw the regulation of how Black folks needed to live through tenant farming and the cycle of economic abuse. and then of course before that was slavery which still carries itself into today, with Black folks being economically disadvantaged.
history’s got some deep shit and most of what we see today is only the tip of it all.