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The Most Racist Cities in the U.S.

By Rich_Maloof Sep 27, 2012 5:46PM

The issue of racism has gone largely unaddressed by this year’s nominees for president, but there’s no question that many voters see the contest in black and white. Racism runs deep and wide in America, despite the better angels of our nature and the bitter divisions of our past. Anyone searching for evidence won’t have to look far — you can find it in your neighborhood, if not at your own breakfast table. But where is bigotry most rampant? Which cities are America’s most racist?

Drew Magary, an editor at Gawker, wants to find out. After penning a piece on the Five Most Racist Cities in America — naming Birmingham, Boston, Phoenix, New York and Cincinnati — Magary drew comments from users complaining that their city did not make his original, admittedly unscientific list. Surely, there are cities more deserving of the title, they balked, where ignorance runs through like it’s in the water supply. To be sure he doesn’t show any bias to one metropolis over the next, Magary has invited readers to help in the Search for the Most Racist City in America.

Initial candidates in the racist-city census have been posted this week. First up is Philadelphia. The City of Brotherly Love, Magary notes, has been home to historic race riots, and deified mayor Frank Rizzo had a volatile relationship with Philly’s African-American community during his tenure in the ‘70s. The horrific incident on Osage Avenue in 1985, in which police dropped a bomb from a helicopter to end an armed confrontation with the radical group MOVE — touching off a neighborhood fire and killing 11 people, including five children — also helps earn Philly an ignoble distinction. Boston was next to be dishonored, with a nod to the Sox for being the last MLB team to integrate their roster, followed by St. Louis, with a note from one Missourian about how the city is carved up into black and white sections “like a checkerboard.”

Racism comes in all different colors, so to speak, and your city may make a winning candidate whether it’s woven through with longstanding, institutionalized racism, racism acquired based on personal experiences, or what-not-me denial. So show some love and tell them where you see hate.

Good thing, at least, that racism is contained within city lines. All clear in the 'burbs.


An earlier version of this post mischaracterized the MOVE incident of 1985. A prior incident between MOVE and police resulted in the shooting death of one police officer in 1978.


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1624Comments
Sep 27, 2012 11:05PM
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why even disscuss this topic it is stupidand does nothing but insight hate.
Sep 27, 2012 11:05PM
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When are people going to wake up...We all share a common ancestry, and therefore we're all related, ergo, there are no different races. Different nationalities, languages, ethnicities...yes, but only one race.
Sep 27, 2012 11:05PM
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Ha, Ha, Ha......White people are mad that there always being called racist and seem to not understand why, even though 90% of the comments to this article by whites are pure racist...lol  

Please people , stop saying blacks are racist because they vote for Obama, if you haven't noticed blacks have been voting for the democratic nominee for decades upon decades. 

Maybe the GOP would get black votes if they would stop pushing blacks away. GOP convention, a sea of white people. The Democrat convention, every race under the sun. 
Sep 27, 2012 11:05PM
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VOTE All you want the mega bucks like the Koch brothers

and other lobbyists CONTROL America.. you vote is MEANINGLESS

Dems and the Rapublicans/republicans are exactly the same

eat poop and die SUCKERS

Sep 27, 2012 11:03PM
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who cares? Black people think everybody is a racist. Truth is, we don't care. Life, Liberty. Pursit of happiness. Stop calling people racists. Riots don't mean a City is racist. Stupid people tearing up their own community, for what?
Sep 27, 2012 11:03PM
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My belief is this. If you are born here in the us then you are an american.

If you are born in Africa then move here you can then call yourself an African american.

Call me Racist because I am white, but guess what. My wife is black.

 

Sep 27, 2012 11:03PM
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In schools and universities it should be taught that had it not been for the black African slave traders, the majority of blacks would be back in Africa (as Africans).  In other words, you as a black person have actually benefited from slavery.  You are an American citizen.  The is reality, this is a fact.  If you don't like it, go back to Africa.  

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