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Analyses of the 2000 census show that despite

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Unformatted text preview: sorting refers to both the physical segregation of racial and ethnic groups and the psychological sorting that occurs through social and cultural processes and stereotyping. Although federal legislation barring racial discrimination in key domains such as housing, employment, and public accommodation was passed in 1964, racial and ethnic groups are still largely isolated from one another in contemporary America. Analyses of the 2000 census show that despite increasing racial and ethnic diversity in national-level statistics, the country remains as segregated as ever. Most visible is the consistent relationship between race and residence: white Americans live in neighborhoods that are, on average, more than 80 percent white and no more than 7 percent black, while the average black or Hispanic person lives in a neighborhood that is about two-thirds non-white.8 Because a person’s place of residence is strongly linked to access to schools, business districts, jobs, and so on, this residential “hypersegregation” tr...
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