STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:
As people in Istanbul talk of economic segregation, a report in America examines racial segregation. The study finds that we are living in less segregated neighborhoods than in the past.
RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:
The examination of Census data comes from the Manhattan Institute, which explores urban issues from a free market perspective. Two academics looked at Census figures and found the segregation of African-Americans has reached its lowest point in a century.
INSKEEP: Fair housing laws allowed African-Americans into white neighborhoods. Black people have moved into suburbs. White people have moved into formerly all-black center city neighborhoods which have gentrified.
MONTAGNE: To be clear, it's not that racial differences have vanished in American neighborhoods. Chicago, for example, remains heavily segregated. Maybe you know a neighborhood that's almost all black or white.
INSKEEP: But the study concludes that entirely white urban neighborhoods, those with exactly zero black residents, have become all but extinct. This is NPR News.
NPR transcripts are created on a rush deadline by Verb8tm, Inc., an NPR contractor, and produced using a proprietary transcription process developed with NPR. This text may not be in its final form and may be updated or revised in the future. Accuracy and availability may vary. The authoritative record of NPR’s programming is the audio record.