The flag of equality is planted in suburbia

  • Article by: MYRON ORFIELD
  • Updated: July 22, 2012 - 6:13 PM

Integration is taking place there more than anywhere.

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crustybayJul. 21, 12 7:35 PM

"In America, integrated communities have a hard time staying integrated for extended periods."

Orfield is clueless as to why. My minority neighbors prefer to associate only with other minority friends. They are cordial and respectful but in spite of being welcomed into their neighbors homes they do not reciprocate. The old saying "birds of a feather flock together" remains true.

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thome2011Jul. 21, 1211:57 PM

Look at the crime rates of Brooklyn Park, Fridley, and Columbia Heights which are held up as integrated suburbs in this article. Brookdale Mall was just razed because everyone was afraid to shop there. These communities are not integrated, the whites are just fleeing further out. Others are moving back downtown where they figure if they have to live with crime they might as well be close to work instead of commuting to an unsafe suburb. These are the inconvenient facts that pie in the sky liberals will continue to ignore. Hence why the Strib will probably not allow this comment.

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alaskanredJul. 22, 12 5:28 AM

"Orfield is clueless as to why. My minority neighbors prefer to associate only with other minority friends. They are cordial and respectful but in spite of being welcomed into their neighbors homes they do not reciprocate. The old saying 'birds of a feather flock together' remains true."************ Or it is white flight. I've never moved known of anyone to move because they couldn't associate with their neighbors, nor have I known anyone who has truly felt welcomed and decided to avoid treating others the same way but we need some way to justify it without being honest.

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jbpaperJul. 22, 12 6:01 AM

"Integrated communities have the greatest success eliminating racial disparities in education and economic opportunity." ---- Accepting responsibility for your actions, putting forth the necessary effort and stopping with the blaming of everyone else for your situation is what will lead the greatest success.

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elind56Jul. 22, 12 7:33 AM

For well over a century now, well-meaning (and some not so well-meaning) busybodies in government have been using force of law in futile attempts to engineer the social fabric of the United States. First to segregate, then to integrate, and they've created many more problems than they have solved. Legislation designed to achieve arbitrarily chosen percentages of this or that will always be destined for dismal failure. Free people in a free society, with a government that sticks to it's proper role of protecting those freedoms for all, will find their own way quite nicely.

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totaltruthJul. 22, 12 8:01 AM

Unfortunately the city of Minneapolis and their liberal policies have developed a group of people solely dependent on government handouts, and who lack the desire to work and contribute to our economy. This has led to rampant crime and a dysfunctional society. It has also led many thousands of dependent people to move to Minneapolis from elsewhere in the country for these entitlements.

The city of Minneapolis has created this problem and the problem is now expanding to the suburbs. And hard working, responsible people who want safety for their families are fleeing these same suburbs.

Thank you.. City of Minneapolis... for creating this unending and unsolvable disaster for us all!!!!!

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ivaro3Jul. 22, 12 9:09 AM

I work with people who have disabilities who get "government handouts." If they did not, they would cost that 'satanic" government even more. So, this government handout stuff is more nuanced than most of the comments here. But I do agree that it won't be wise to manufacture some kind of racial mix. Things need to happen over time more naturally. Archie Bunker once said that all groups in America are free to live in their own separate sections, and that's what made America great. While it is true that we humans hang tend to around those we have most in common with, that's not the America I want. America and Minnesota and the world will continue to be more racially mixed. That's a given. It will be up to all people of all backgrounds to finally figure out we had better get along, work hard, and be decent to each other. And we would be wise to remember that nobody is better than anybody else.

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RedGuyInBlueStateJul. 22, 12 9:28 AM

After all their efforts for 'equality' by pushing the inner-city into the suburbs, the poor people are still poor, and now the people (of all classes and colors) that had moved to the suburbs for better schools and safer environments have neither. As usual, when liberals talk 'equality', what they really mean is pulling people down.

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totaltruthJul. 22, 1210:04 AM

ivaro3 - ""I work with people who have disabilities who get "government handouts."""

So you are talking about the 5% who actually deserve this government assistance.... We are talking about the 95% of the able bodied, able minded people who choose government entitlements as a way of life as opposed to actually contributing to our economy.

If we addressed this 95%, we could substantially increase the benefits to the 5% who truly need this assistance.

But unfortunately it seems that the liberals want to substantially expand entitlements to these able-bodied and able-mined people on government assistance to the detriment of those hard-working people who actually positively contribute to our economy!!!!!

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tvmamaJul. 22, 1210:14 AM

"In America, integrated communities have a hard time staying integrated for extended periods." Orfield is clueless as to why. My minority neighbors prefer to associate only with other minority friends." - HE would say you are racist. I would say he is only interested in controlling other people's lives. The reason people keep moving farther away is because they don't want the crime and poverty to threaten them or lower their property values. Again, he would say you are a racist, but that is all libs know how to do in attempting to defeat their political enemies.

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