Friday, February 5, 2016

Birds of a Feather....

Writing in The Atlantic, Adia Harvey Wingfield makes an economic argument for the persistence of residential segregation. Basically, it is that whites are more likely to be able to provide intergenerational wealth transfers that enable their children to purchase homes in upscale neighborhoods. That, and their ability to network young whites into jobs are what she offers.

On the other hand, neither of those possibly quite real "white privilege" factors explains the patterns of residential segregation shown in the graphic with which The Atlantic illustrates the article (see caption for key). The graphic shows non-white Asians, Hispanics, and blacks are also segregated into ethnically homogeneous enclaves or neighborhoods. 

Economics doesn't explain why three supposedly discriminated-against groups don't mingle in terms of where they reside. Clearly they choose to live with their own kind. 

It's birds of a feather choosing to flock together, except the "birds" are human. Think "safe spaces" and comfort zones, things people naturally seek. In the absence of government assignment of residential spaces, expect residential segregation to persist, if not forever, at least for several decades.