Segregation And Economic Inequality : The Loss Of The Integrationist Dream By Gary Orfield

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In America, segregation and economic inequality has divided the country in two. Not only has the citizens in this great nation suffered from these oppressing factors, but also the development of this great nation. In this essay, I will discuss how segregation and economic inequality has impacted America. I will also discuss how the ghetto was created from a deliberate plan to separate the “inferior races” from the “superior races”. The Three Most Important Aspects In Race and the Liberal Agenda: The Loss of the Integrationist Dream, Gary Orfield explores the history of white prejudice and the crucial need for change in the “ghetto system” (Orfield, 2011, p. 315). Orfield challenges the idea that the ghetto is “natural” and proposes a plan to change the “ghetto system” for the better (Orfield, 2011, p. 352). Orfield believes that the “ghetto system” could be changed, if there was a “…measurement of conditions within ghettos to show the direction of change in social and economic conditions and in educational opportunities” (Orfield, 2011, p. 353). I believe this is the most important aspect of this chapter because this society would be better if the conditions of life in the ghettos were changed completely. In Chapter 3 of Place Matters, Peter Drier, John Mollenkopf, and Todd Swanstrom talk about place-based inequalities and how it plays an important factor in our lives. In this chapter, the authors document the “impact of economic segregation and urban sprawl on four

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