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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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Ken Wilkinson

Ken Wilkinson

Striving for the Next Generation

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White Flight/Black Flight

Rachael A. Woldoff

Cornell University Press

This chapter explores the link between white flight and black flight in Parkmont by focusing on the story of Ken Wilkinson, a forty-seven-year-old pioneer and one of the first black residents on his block. Like many black pioneers, Ken is an active community member who is frustrated with the way that the neighborhood's social character has declined, even as he acknowledges that Parkmont remains far better than the other residential neighborhood options available to him in the city. This chapter examines Ken's concerns regarding the values, norms, and behaviors of the incoming black second wavers and his belief that there are major values differences between the pioneers and second wavers. His narrative offers important insights into the conflicts within Parkmont's black community, the affinity shared by white stayers and black pioneers, and the pioneers' experiences from the time of racial integration to resegregation and the era of black flight.

Keywords:   white flight, black flight, Parkmont, Ken Wilkinson, black pioneers, black second wavers, white stayers, racial integration

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