An interesting string of pieces from the Washington Post since this weekend on rapidly changing racial demographics. First story tells of the Vanishing All White Neighborhood (get those redlines and property tax assessments ready) and the second story tells us something we already know – at least for those of us who live in and around Prince George’s County. In summation: general White fear over this increasingly color-filled population change.
Carol Morello and Dan Keating in The Washington Post
Around the region and across the country, the archetypal all-white neighborhood is vanishing with remarkable speed. In many places, the phenomenon is not being driven by African Americans moving to the suburbs. Instead, it is primarily the result ofthe nation’s soaring number of Hispanics and Asians, many of whom are immigrants.
The result has been the emergence of neighborhoods, from San Diego to Denver to Miami, that are more diverse than at any time in American history.
As the nation barrels toward the day, just three decades from now, when non-Hispanic whites are expected to be a minority, these global neighborhoods have already begun remaking the American social fabric in significant ways. Their creation and impact have been especially pronounced in the Washington area, whereminorities are now the majority.
And here’s Carol and Dan in The Washington Post again bringing in Ovetta Wiggins (we won’t assume Ovetta is a sister – that’s wrong, fam) to talk about how obviously Black Prince George’s County has become. Oh yeah – well at least the traffic is better than Northern Virginia, so there …
The fact that all the residents so far are African American, many of them new to Prince George’s County, underscores just how differently the county is evolving compared with the rest of the Washington region.
From Loudoun to Fairfax to Montgomery, communities that are growing are alsogrowing more integrated, with people of every race and ethnicity living side by side. Prince George’s stands virtually alone as a place that is gaining population yet has an increasing number of residents living in neighborhoods that are overwhelmingly one race — in this case, African American.
A Washington Post analysis of census datashows that the number of Prince George’s neighborhoods where more than 85 percent of residents are the same race or ethnicity — what demographers consider a high level of segregation — has inched up, from 25 percent in 1990 to 27 percent last year.
Though the increase is small, any uptick is startling in comparison with everywhere else in the region. While the all-white neighborhood has all but disappeared from Northern Virginia, Montgomery and the District, the all-black neighborhood is on the rise in Prince George’s.