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Blacks must get radical in the fight against segregation 

When The Inquirer reported that Philadelphia is one of the most segregated cities in America, it should not have surprised anyone in the Black community. Rather, it should have served as confirmation of our lived experience.

Black Philadelphians reside in communities where segregation has been enforced through generations of redlining by financial institutions, urban renewal by governmental authorities, housing discrimination by the real estate industry, and employment discrimination by the business community. If we somehow managed to overcome those barriers, Philadelphia’s white supremacist power structures sometimes resorted to violence, and they were backed by a police department that carried out its racism with a brutality so efficient that the Justice Department once said it “shocks the conscience.”
So, while we appreciate The Inquirer doing the painstaking work required to illustrate that “among the 30 biggest cities, Philadelphia is second only to Chicago in Black-white residential segregation,” we don’t need numbers to tell us that. We live with that reality, and we live with its consequences. Residential segregation is the foundation that allows racist systems to target us more efficiently. But what if Black Philadelphians decided to do something radical? Instead of clamoring for an integrated utopia, we should use the same kind of racial targeting that has worked so effectively against us. But, instead of using segregation to our detriment, we could use it for our advancement.

Click here to read the full column on Inquirer.com

Photo: Aberdeen, Scotland By. Mike McBey

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