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White Flight/Black FlightThe Dynamics of Racial Change in an American Neighborhood$
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Rachael A. Woldoff

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780801449185

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801449185.001.0001

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Choosing Parkmont

Choosing Parkmont

Whites Staying and Blacks Pioneering

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(p.32) 2 Choosing Parkmont
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White Flight/Black Flight
Author(s):

Rachael A. Woldoff

Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801449185.003.0002

This chapter focuses on the first phase of racial change in Parkmont: white flight. When middle-aged and elderly whites left Parkmont in droves and new whites failed to plant roots there, an unusual mix remained: elderly white stayers and striving black pioneers. These two groups are profiled and the ways that they came to co-exist are discussed. The chapter looks at the elderly whites who continue to live in Parkmont, as well as the blacks who first moved into the neighborhood. It considers these so-called pioneers' desire for integration and their perception of white flight. It examines how these groups came to share a community, paying attention to the role of choice and agency. It also discusses racial prejudice as factor in racial turnover and concludes by showing that Parkmont became a black neighborhood with two populations who are distinct in several ways as a result of the selective white flight of the 1990s and selective black in-migration.

Keywords:   racial change, Parkmont, white flight, white stayers, black pioneers, agency, racial prejudice, racial turnover

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