Justin Skolnick lives and works in Portland.

BREAKING NEWS: Chicago still segregated!

Originally posted to blockquote.org on in Chicago, Illinois

The fact is, racial patterns that took root in the 1800s are not easy to reverse. Racial steering, discriminatory business practices and prejudice spawned segregation in Chicago, and now personal preferences and economics fuel it.

“Chicago is segregated and self-segregating,” I tell visitors. Everyone tells visitors.

The city’s historically divided by racial lines and for the most part residents adhere to those lines. Blacks live with blacks, whites live with whites, Latinos live with Latinos. Poles shop Polish groceries, Mexicans patronize Mexican pubs. We eat apart, we drink apart. Nothing new.

Remind me to write about Hyde Park sometime.