American Urban Segragation
Despite stereotypes and history that depict the south as racist, the north is by far more segregated than the south. As a matter of fact the northeast and midwest are the most segregated areas in the United States. In the large urban cities of the north, African American populations remain mostly in the neighborhoods that were left to them as a result of “white flight” that took place after the civil rights movements and the riots of the 1960s.
As blacks moved to new neighborhoods, whites moved further away to avoid forced school integration and the threat of dropping property values. Detroit is the most extreme example of this. It has become the most segregated metropolitan area in the nation. While 88% of the city’s population is Black, more than 95% of it’s suburban population is White.