Chicago, the New Capital of Segregation

Chicago has long been known as the oldest and most powerful politicali machine in the U.S.  What is not so well-known is that "Daley's modern Chicago was built ... on an unstated foundation: commitment to racial segregation"ii.  In 1959 the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights called Chicago "the most residentially segregated large city in America"iii. To this day, the majority of Chicago's African-Americans live in the same areas they have occupied for the past 100 years.  Ethnic maps from 1920iv and 2000 support this point.  In 2000, 35 years after passage of the Civil Rights and Fair Housing Acts, it was found that for the city to be integrated in housing and education, 90% of the black residents would have to movev. James Q. Wilson noted that Chicago has a black submachine, a political entity that could not exist without the larger white-controlled political machinevi.  The two largest black population areas now make up the two black congressional districts....(Read Full Article)

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