Where did all the white people go?
When I lived in Washington I remember being invited to a Seder dinner by my university's security guard, an African-American Jew who lived in a nice middle class neighbourhood. What was very noticeable was that his Wisteria Lane-like street was populated only by black Jews.
The level of segregation in America is of course partly driven by choice, yet the education system should be a beacon of reversal. Instead, it is becoming its own engine of racial division. Almost 50% of students attending public schools in the US are non-white, according to the Civil Rights Data Collection survey. While political segregation is now illegal, economic segregation is continuing apace with white flight to private schools. What is equally alarming is that the public schools have a massive problem with absenteeism (18% of high schoolers have missed 15 or more school days in the latest academic year). Moreover, racial stereotyping appears to be rampant, aided and abetted by having on-site police. Some 1.6 million students attend a high school with a police officer on patrol but with no counselling service. The survey also reveals that black students are "2.3 times more likely" than white students to be referred to law enforcement or arrested as a result of a school incident.
Despite Barack Obama serving two terms as US president, the country appears no nearer to overcoming the racial divides that exist within its borders.