10 Most Segregated Cities in the US - Detroit, Michigan remains #1.
Detroit, Michigan # 1. While patterns of black-white segregation are deeply entrenched throughout the country, racial segregation rates are particularly high in large metropolitan areas in the northeast and midwest, and particularly in Michigan. A person's perspectives on the world, such as friends, group of childhood peers, networks and job opportunities, wealth or lack of wealth, quality of education -- all of these resources are determined to a great extent by where he or she lives.
Milwaukee, Wisconsin # 2. Nationwide, blacks have been concentrated in the inner city, far away from where new jobs are created. Yet the case of Milwaukee is extreme: 90 percent of the metro area’s black population lives in the city. Making matters worse, suburban whites are notably hostile to building any form of public transit to connect city people to suburban jobs, further exacerbating segregation’s ill effects.
New York, New York # 3. Racial segregation in housing reflects not only a troubling history of racism and discriminatory policies, it represents a failure of government to recognize the role that race still plays in sorting us, even when policies are race neutral. True, New York City is one of the most racially and ethnically diverse cities in the world, yet it is one of the most segregated US cities..
Newark, New Jersey # 4. New Jersey is the most densely populated state in the country and certainly one of the most ethnically diverse. "By any measure, New Jersey has one of the most segregated school systems in the country," Sciarra said in a May 19 Bob Braun column in The Star-Ledger. Sciarra made the comment during an event days before the New Jersey Supreme Court ordered that $500 million be pumped into the state’s low-income schools, known as Abbott districts.
Chicago, Illinois # 5. The nation was "moving toward two societies, one black, one white—separate and unequal," the National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders had declared a year before Judge Austin's ruling. Chaired by Illinois governor Otto Kerner, the commission called for sustained efforts to end segregation.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania # 6. Compared to cities like Baltimore, or DC or Savannah, Philadelphia is highly segregated. But, in the greater scheme of things, it is a very diverse city. There are many neighborhoods that are predominately African American, however the white neighborhoods tend to have a fair numbers of African Americans and Asians and Latinos living comfortably in them.
Miami, Florida # 7. The average racial composition of neighborhoods where whites live differs from the average racial composition of neighborhoods lived in by blacks, by Hispanics, or by other groups.
Cleveland, Ohio # 8. Racial residential transition and attendant white flight were a concern even many decades ago, notably documented in 1940s-50s Detroit by Thomas J. Sugrue’s Origins of the Urban Crisis: Race and Inequality in Postwar Detroit (Princeton, 1996).Cleveland remains a very racially segregated metro area, albeit with a changed geography. Cleveland remains a very racially segregated metro area, albeit with a changed geography
St. Louis, Missouri # 9. Racial segregation was institutionalized in St. Louis by intent, accident, or benign neglect throughout its history, effecting the nature of race relations in the city today. "The problem of the twentieth century" wrote W. E. B. DuBois in The Souls of Black Folk in 1903, "is the problem of the color line."
Nassau-Suffolk, New York # 10. The tax system on Long Island appears to penalize minorities. According an analysis of Census data, blacks on Long Island and in many other suburbs pay higher rates of property taxes than homeowners in more affluent white communities. Poorer blacks in effect subsidize wealthier whites.
I am going to explore corruption as practiced by city politicians in the United States right now, with emphasis on the City of Detroit. Chicago may have been synonymous with resolute corruption; the City of Detroit is not far behind. Recent indictments, trials and multiple convictions involving bribery, graft, and kickbacks indicates that little has changed with the mindset of some unrelenting corrupt Detroit politicians. Detroit’s politics is so elusive, there is no doubt many get away with some unimaginable corrupt practices. It seems to be a standard Detroit style, saddled with entitlement to some politicians to be corrupt. So many good 'ole boys (and girls) ' watching out for each other that the ordinary citizen and voters seemed confused as to what is ‘right’ or ‘wrong’. Corruption is so ingrained in the city that any ‘honest leader’ has little or no chance of being elected as a ‘dog catcher’ in the city's politics.
To assume race is not a problem in Michigan or the US would be right down stupid. However, a total focus that everything is about race is equally unfortunate and may have created a segment of entitlement that tends to mask incompetence of some ‘blamers’. America has a ‘blame culture.' Nobody takes responsibility for anything as the many ways we learn from our mistakes or failures. Most tend to blame something or someone else, including racism, revise-racism… and the list goes on. These entire “someone else’s fault’ begins to hurt the very essence of equality that remains legitimate in the context of racism. In Detroit, race sometimes is the nearest outlet for stirring emotions by crooked politicians and surely, the ‘me too syndrome’ of wrong doing continues with refined styles. Unfortunately, many criminals has benefited from using discrimination to mask in some cases mere incompetence. Many legitimate cases of discriminatory practices get away unpunished because of such scrupulous and worthless cases brought by people of questionable characters.
Corruption is generally considered to be bad for the performance of governments and for the growth and development of economies, but American cities grew rapidly and was, as far as tangible evidence suggests, relatively well governed. Today, it’s clear that race and greed has become the integral self-serving outlets, allowing political graft a distinct route.
Skimming from city contracts and manipulating sourcing, many influence peddlers elected or part of many of the exclusive clubs pursue business destroying policies known as ‘old politics’ in places like Detroit. Why? Detroit has a huge socially disadvantage population. A population that lacks core political engagement and comparatively targeted by partisan politics than other Michigan many communities. Patronage politics allows Detroit corruption to be insulating politicians from voter wrath because of the wrongheaded ability of some politicians to depart from real issues to racial politics. A common means to dodge responsibility.
Without the willingness, including Detroit voters to change from the ‘old politics’ to a new political paradigm, a paradigm that looks beyond race, class, and color, we may have a long way to go. Voters in Detroit must stop electing political candidates on name recognition alone. Let us elect politician that truly represent the people and their aspirations for the American dream with equality as a driver. We, Detroiters, must also look deeper into our individual souls, learn to accept and in that vein, change our own bad attitudes. Attitude is the source of success or failure and each individual has a choice to make for Detroit. Until we know that we have shortfalls that hurt our neighbors, city, region and all of the human family, change will not start.