Perspectives on Race

A Discussion about Events Concerning Race

Ending The Segregation Of Society

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The segregation that we see where there are polarized white and black neighborhoods seems to be stuck and integration seems to be slow and nonexistent. In class we began to talk about ways to fix problem. Market incentives were discussed and some of the pros and cons came to light. Maybe I am cynical, but I feel that government programs that would be designed to help integration would end up not working. Either, blacks would be again excluded as minorities such as Hispanics and Asians would be welcomed for the tax credit. I do not see the government coming out and saying that there will be a higher percentage tax rebate if there is a high rate of blacks in a neighborhood. This may be the only solution that would make incentives work, but I do not see the government ever enacting a program that says this. As for the government forcing people to live somewhere, hopefully that never happens. Really the center for racism and prejudice lies in attitudes and ideas that reside in people’s minds. The only way that will truly affect any change, that will be lasting and that will not potentially further heighten issues, would be to change perceptions and attitudes. This of course is the hardest change to make and this deals with children and how they are raised. Hard to change but the only way in my opinion that will produce real change that will be lasting.


Written by briangaw

September 27, 2009 at 10:19 pm

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  1. I, too, believe that the government cannot, and will not be successful at ending segregation in neighborhoods. Initiatives aimed at doing so must come from urban and regional planning decisions. Sure, people choose a place to live based on a variety of factors including the demographics of the area and the location, but a lot also has to do with the infrastructure/opportunities surrounding the neighborhood. Businesses cannot continue to be grouped in the way that they are today. Businesses/stores that target different groups of people, whether by income, ethnicity, race, etc. must be evenly dispersed throughout an area, rather than being in a cluster. There no longer should be gaps, or “deserts” in low-income areas, as in East Gainesville. If businesses were more evenly distributed and less emphasis was put on the demographics of the area, people would be more likely to disperse throughout an area, instead of clinging to a certain part of town.


    September 29, 2009 at 3:17 pm

  2. Gainesville is a perfect example of this. eastside is basically all black and westside is basically all white. Businesses are being started or are all on the westside, because that is where all the money is. Haile Planatation and surrounding neighborhoods are where all the rich people live (urban meyer, billy donvan and bernie machen live in that area). Businesses gravitate towards areas where there is money, because obviously that is where they can make the most money. We live in a capitalist society. Money is what moves people.


    September 29, 2009 at 8:13 pm

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