“Segregation” is one of those buzzwords employed by social engineers and meant to stir up agita in white people who are led to believe they are complicit in some sort of crime and angst in blacks who are convinced they have been victims of discrimination.  The term amounts to a shibboleth comparable to “McCarthyism” which is tossed around whenever some disloyal individual or group is caught acting disloyally.  

In fact, as used today, “segregation” is less a crime of discrimination as it is a societal and geographical anomoly misused to suggest racial inequities.  Those inequities exist, but not because of racism. 

Thanks to the Civil Rights Movement and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the days of Selma and Bull Connor and George Wallace are long gone and in its stead are de facto racially imbalanced schools and communities which have as little in common with the cause of earlier civil rights struggles as Rosa Parks has with Condi Rice.   

It may seem simplistic to say, “It is what it is” but, in truth it is what it is and always will be as it is until blacks adopt Bill Cosby’s rejected philosophy that blacks should take full responsibility for their lives instead of blaming whites and segregation for who and what they are, for where they live, and for where they work and where their kids go to school. 

A scathing study on a Census Bureau American Community survey shows that Long Island ranks as the nation’s seventh most segregated of 50 major metropolitan areas, a situation which “experts” blame on “long-standing restrictive housing patterns” which “government officials say they’re trying to address . . . through fair housing laws.” 

I say, Bully for them, even if they are ignoring segregation realities, namely the lack of education, the lack of stability in black families, and the resultant lack of sufficient financial resources to enable blacks to rise above their current statuses.  Add to those Cosby’s view of a lack of true motivation and you have black inertia, the true cause of “segregation.”

As a lifelong Long Islander, I have lived in mostly white towns as well as integrated areas. The one constant among my neighbors has always been, If someone can afford to live here, then let them live here.  And there’s the rub, as Hamlet would say, the same rub, the problem, which brought about the mortgage crisis when government insisted on extending high risk loans to people who had no clue as to what home ownership entailed and had insufficient funds to pay for it. 

It’s the same rub, not discrimination and not the bugaboo of intentional racial  segregation, that accounts for New York City leading the pack as the Number One segregated community in the United States. 

No one has charged that Mayor Bloomberg’s city has separate water fountains, movie seating, or rear sections of buses for blacks but, yes, it’s true, the vast majority of residents of Harlem and Brownsville are non-white and the vast majority of those living on Park and Fifth Avenues are white.  That latter fact is also true of Stockholm and Berlin and doesn’t make Swedes and Germans bigoted segregationists.  Reality and geography are what they are. 

One of the study experts, Brown University professor John Logan, observes that, “Black, Hispanics and Asians, each are a pretty signifigant presence now in what used to be white suburbia.  They’ll tend to live separately, and they’ll tend to live in the communities that are least likely to provide really good schools.”  

For some reason, however, Asian Americans are moving into the better communities and into good schools.

Another side of the coin is that Long Island minorities constitute 28% of the population yet blacks arent relocating to white neighborhoods.  As Logan says, “[They will live] where the crime rates are higher, where there’s more vacant housing,” which is still true.  However Logan then takes a flight into fantasyland: “Its not the ability to pay, although that contributes a little bit to it.  Mostly it’s not economic, it’s other things.”  

Douglas Mayers, president of the Freeport/Roosevelt chapter of the NAACP, begs to differ claiming the main problems are the economy and employment: “Blacks [are] not being hired in a lot of facets [sic] here on Long Island.  I blame the black elected officials that we have here across the Island” who aren’t doing nearly enough to get jobs for blacks.  He doesn’t mention qualifications for those jobs: http://tiny.cc/h911f 

Without specifying those “other things,” Prof. Logan’s clear implication is that the causes are the twin evils of deep bias and calculated segregation or, as the article calls it, “subconscious racism.”  That, in turn, suggests that a multi-millionaire black would be prohibited from moving into one of Long Island’s Gold Coast havens because of “other things,” which is unmitigated bull droppings, but a deft effort at social engineering intended to accomplish geographical integration via white guilt. 

There’s no word on Logan’s race or where he lives or what he thinks of Mayers’ opinion that he “could make my neighborhood just as good as the white neighborhood.  I don’t need to live in a white neighborhood, and we shouldn’t be pushing to live in a white neighborhood.”  Should that attitude gain any traction, it could put forced integration agitators out of business.