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Dallas Is Least Segregated Big City in America

Last month we introduced you to the News’ very neat interactive map, which shows how African American growth has jumped in the Dallas suburbs. Two demographers have now done the research nationwide. Of the top 10 metro areas, Dallas ranks last in segregation — by a wide margin. Of the top 50 metro areas, Dallas ranks 32nd and Fort Worth ranks 30th.

The authors note that the RustBelt cities of the North “have been the most resistant to change.” Walter Russel Mead sees a pattern:

Blacks across the North are fleeing the urban paradises of liberal legislation and high public union membership for the benighted suburbs…The failure of blue social policy to create an environment which works for Blacks is the most devastating possible indictment of the 20th century liberal enterprise in the United States.

7 comments on “Dallas Is Least Segregated Big City in America

  1. I grew up in the Rust Belt (Oldsmobile killed? Say it ain’t so), and always saw unions and their workers as the equivalent of the the south’s redneck network. Just because they were working class and liberal didn’t make them any more accepting of race relations within the union. Blacks had to fight hard, very hard in the 60’s and 70’s to be allowed into the unions in any kind of significant numbers. Black union members on the other hand, were much more motivated to make sure that their children didn’t have to join a union as adults. Finally, Detroit didn’t crumble because of the union members, black or white. It crumbled because of the unemployed and high crime.

  2. “Dallas Is Least Segregated Big City in America” Wick, was that something you heard at The Dallas Country Club?

  3. Someone needs to tell Russell Mead that we already have a Joel Kotkin.

  4. Russell Mead: Blacks across the North are fleeing the urban paradises of liberal legislation and high public union membership … Are blacks fleeing the urban north at a greater rate than white people? If that’s so, no such statistic was cited. It would appear to me that whites, blacks and proverbial purples are fleeing the urban north owing to unemployment, rather than liberal policies or compulsive union membership per se. Is there a case to be made that liberal legislation and union activities led to high unemployment? Perhaps, but Mead doesn’t make it. He’s too busy airing grievances like this gem:

    When whites leave failing blue cities and states, the pundits call this racism: all those white Californians fleeing Nancy Pelosi’s utopia for less ambitious jurisdictions where ordinary people can do things like get jobs and buy homes are clearly pathetic trailer trash hicks too dumb, too selfish and above all too racist to understand the gloriously multicultural blue beauty of California today. Which pundits, writing in what publications? Someone apparently hurt Russell Mead’s feelings, but he provides no link.

    Then, in a dazzling feat of intellectual gymnastics, he goes on at great length to inform us that the likes of Calibri Green were failures. You think so, Doctor?

  5. “When whites leave failing blue cities and states, the pundits call this racism: all those white Californians fleeing Nancy Pelosi’s utopia for less ambitious jurisdictions where ordinary people can do things like get jobs and buy homes are clearly pathetic trailer trash hicks too dumb, too selfish and above all too racist to understand the gloriously multicultural blue beauty of California today.”

    There is a necessary and sufficient condition before someone calls a group of people racist and both conditions need to be satsified. When whites flee black and Hispanic crime in big cities, it is a necessary condition…that means the whites are probably racists, but too many confounding variables. But, when whites flee Asians, especially rich Asians it is a sufficient condition. Whites fleeing Cerritos, Arcadia or Milbrae California are racists…and the biggest white racist of them all…Alexandra Wallace wins hands down…every born, every nerve and every vein in her body is racist!