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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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Billy’s Narrative

Billy’s Narrative

Clashing in Parkmont

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White Flight/Black Flight

Rachael A. Woldoff

Cornell University Press

This chapter examines how and why black second wavers differ from the black pioneers by focusing on the narrative of Billy Gordon, a nineteen-year-old who moved to Parkmont as part of the second wave. Billy represents the group whom the pioneers blame for lowering Parkmont's status and degrading its quality of life. His troubled life epitomizes the social world from which many pioneers believed they were distancing themselves when they moved to Parkmont. Billy explains the difficult journey to Parkmont that many second wave teens have faced, including conflict with peers, involvement in crime, neighborhood and school adjustment problems, family crises, and struggles with letting go of attachments to old neighborhoods and friends. This chapter reveals the social problems and cultural values that families like Billy's carry with them when they arrive in Parkmont.

Keywords:   black second wavers, black pioneers, Billy Gordon, Parkmont, crime, social problems, cultural values

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