Hate Thy Neighbor
Move-In Violence and the Persistence of Racial Segregation in American Housing
Publication Year: 2013
Published by: NYU Press
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Some of the first to hear about the project provided critical support, from beginning to end. Early funding for the research project that became this book came from Indiana University’s Faculty Research Support Program. The O’Byrne Fund at the Indiana University Maurer...
Introduction: Violence and the Neighborhood Color Line
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How can we make sense of these two incidents? Though they are similar in that they both involve blacks who have moved into all-white neighborhoods, what is perhaps most interesting is that more than fifty years separate these events. The first occurred in the late 1950s, the second...
1. The Roots of Contemporary Move-In Violence
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Though many Americans may imagine that racially segregated housing in the United States is a direct descendent of slavery, in actuality the history of the integration of housing by race is more complicated. Blacks and whites were much more likely to be housed in the same...
2. The Contemporary Dynamics of Move-In Violence
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The Fair Housing Act, passed in the wake of Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination, attempted to address the discrimination in housing that had created the white neighborhoods in which anti-integrationist violence occurred. Though the act was an important step and eventually...
3. Anti-Integrationist Violence and the Tolerance-Violence Paradox
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The popular stereotype of American racial violence is captured by the movie Mississippi Burning. This 1988 Oscar-winning movie starred Willem Dafoe and Gene Hackman in a fictionalized account of the FBI investigation into the real-life murders of three civil rights workers...
4. Racism or Power? Explaining Perpetrator Motivation in Interethnic Cases
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When Channise Davy first laid eyes on the cream-colored, three-bedroom bungalow on a peaceful street in Duarte, a small town in Los Angeles County, California, she thought she had found the perfect place to call home. The charming little house was accented by red and...
5. When Class Trumps Race: Explaining Perpetrator Motivation in Interclass Cases
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Scholars discussing behavior that fits the anti-integrationist violence mold have focused closely on offenders’ racial attitudes. It makes intuitive sense to assume that offenders would single out minorities for attack because they dislike them. In this chapter, I turn the lens to...
6. Responding to Neighborhood Hate Crimes
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Many perpetrators of anti-integrationist violence, like those who commit other types of hate crimes, are never caught. If the perpetrators are caught, the government’s response to anti-integrationist violence may involve a variety of actors, ranging from police officers investigating the crime to...
Conclusion: The Reality of Anti-Integrationist Violence and Prospects for Integration
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Blacks, Latinos, Asian Americans, and other ethnic minorities choose to move to white neighborhoods for many of the same reasons that whites do: attractive houses, good schools for their children, better proximity to employment, and access to services. As previous chapters...
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About the Author
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Publication Year: 2013