creature saidThe racial segregation is really a segregation of economics, rather than any attempt to live among your own race kind-of-thing.
The division is along 8 mile road. At least from what I understood of 8 mile from the interviews with Eminem, one side is poorer, and the other has more affluence.
Historically in the US, blacks have been disproportionately poorer than whites. We don't have to go into the cyclical nature as to why that is. But this map is really nothing more than a division of economic status.
That plays to it but it really isn't all about economics. And the part that is economics is in itself probably racial. Those two topics tend towards the inextricable.
I was 1st raised in a town that still had on the books (I don't believe my parents knew it at the time) that black people had to be out of town by 6 pm or something like that. I only learned that a few years ago. But I did know at the time, of course, that not a single black person lived there. We had only one Asian family move in the year we coincidentally moved out. Currently the town has a huge Korean population.
We moved to the Caribbean on an island which was probably 85-95% black. From there we moved to Florida and that's where I learned about segregation because first I lived with no black people, then with mostly black people, but in Florida the divides were so obvious and clear cut. Plus that was right when schools were desegregated so mine was closed down a few times by riots.
I remember from back in the 70s one thing that struck me odd while exploring Miami. I had gotten lost in what looked like a very nice middle class area. But I was the only white person there. And then as I'm driving it suddenly turned white again. There was no difference in the housing, all the yards were nicely landscaped and in good order, cars kept well, the only difference was the color of the people. It stuck me then that the divide had nothing to do with money.
I got so tired of living in south Florida that after I lost my mom I relocated to a more racially integrated area. I see more interracial couples here, it seems more real to me, more comfortable for me than living in white bread world.