Racism is prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism directed against someone of a different race based on the belief that one’s own race is superior. Racism has existed throughout human history. It may be defined as the hatred of one person by another because of skin color that supposedly reveals the basic nature of that person. It has influenced wars, slavers, and laws.
There is racial inequality in Seattle that creates a very big income gap and a divide between the races created by the history of discrimination. For most of its history, Seattle was a segregated city, as committed to white supremacy. People of color were excluded from most jobs, most neighborhoods and schools, and many stores, restaurants, hotels, and other commercial establishments, even hospitals. In 1950, 94% of the population in Seattle were white and 70% still are white. Starting in the 1920s, covenants in force throughout the region allowed only white people to own property in most neighborhoods in Seattle.
Among the 200 biggest school districts in the U.S., Seattle has the fifth-biggest gap in achievement between black and white students. Seattle’s white-black gap is also the biggest in Washington. White students in Seattle public schools are doing great by performing two grade levels above the national average on standardized exams. But it’s different for the Black kids. They test one and a half grade levels below the U.S. average. Compared with their white peers in the city, black students lag by three and a half grade levels.
From the 1910s through the 1960s, many Seattle neighborhoods and King County suburbs performed total racial exclusion. White-only clauses and other restrictions can be found today in property deeds for many neighborhoods. Explore race and residential patterns in the interactive map below. Move through the decades from 1950-2010. Select a race category, either by the number of residents or the percentage. Click a census tract for detailed information about a neighborhood which appears in the “Tract populations.”
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There is an app that can inform you about racism in Seattle and raise awareness about the issue. I wish people will consider traveling to Seattle after they download this app so they can have first-hand experience to feel the racism history in Seattle. This app connects the user with organizations to make a change in this world. This will give users the opportunity to get involved in working against racist systems that oppress us all such as donate and volunteer to spread the need for change.
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