Residential segregation is defined as “the physical separation of cultural groups based on residence and housing,” which sorts different populations into their own sectors (Schaeffer) (1). The main “issue” of residential segregation is the wealthier white community not allowing blacks to move into their neighborhoods, which is true in some atypical cases. However, it doesn’t make sense why anyone would want to live in a neighborhood where they feel threatened or unwelcome, pertaining to the minuscule amount of neighborhoods that still practice racism. Real estate companies are assumed to sell certain properties to individuals based on race. Yet, this point is not valid. Buyers give real estate agents a budget for what they can afford and this is the factor that limits them to specific neighborhoods. Statistically, minorities’ average income is less than that of a white person. Therefore, they can only afford certain size houses in particular neighborhoods. In reality, people living where they can afford causes this so called residential segregation. In many societies, environmental racism is seen as a major contributing factor to residential segregation. Environmental racism is when low income or minority communities have inferior living conditions compared to that of wealthier/non minority communities. This whole concept directly correlates to residential
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