Baltimore is segregated by race

large patches of dark green small patches of medium green and large patches of light cream on a map of Baltimore City

I spent seven hours in a part of Baltimore City and saw dozens and dozens of people. One person was Asian. Two people were Middle Eastern. Everyone else was Black.

By the time I drove into the Inner Harbor for work, it was weird to see white people.

People argue that segregation is over. Sure, de jure segregation is over. No law states that Black people must live or remain in certain areas. But de facto segregation thrives.

Look at this map of Baltimore City that is colored to show where concentrations of Black or African American residents live.

large patches of dark green small patches of light green and large patches of cream on a map of Baltimore City

According to the U.S. Census Bureaus American FactFinder, the Percent of Persons Who Are Black or African American Alone: 2000

light cream color means .6-.22 percent Black, medium green means 71.5-87.8 percent Black, dark green means 90.1-99.1 percent Black

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Looking at this map, tell me that Baltimore isn’t a segregated city.

Areas are either dark green or light cream. There are either more than 90.1 % or less than 22 % of Black people in an area. Few patches have a mix.

And what areas are (I dare say “white”) light  cream?

Mt. Washington, Roland Park, areas around Loyola and Johns Hopkins, Parkville, Lakeland/Carroll Park, Mt. Vernon, Downtown, the Inner Harbor, Fells Point, Canton, Federal Hill.

If there’s a nice golf course, university or tourism, that’s where the White people are.

(The previous statement is hyperbole. Don’t get upset.)



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