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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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Sep 27, 2012 7:13PM
racism is so stupid. it really is. it needs to be outlawed. it really does. all kinds of racism is stupid. whether it is white against black or black against white or black against black. its stupid. so please people. stop the hate and love one another
Sep 27, 2012 7:13PM
This is an easy one. The most racist cities are the ones with the most blacks. Blacks are the most racist ethnic group on the planet.
Sep 27, 2012 7:10PM
You have got to be kidding!!!  What the hell kind of article is this sh!t? This entire country was founded on racism. Why single out cities?
Sep 27, 2012 7:09PM
Damn it not right,we only placed 20th
Sep 27, 2012 7:06PM

Why not find out which cities are the least racist? After all ffrom a molecular point of view we are all very much alike. Higher education and employment play a large roles in reducing racism.

Sep 27, 2012 7:06PM
It's up to each of us as to what we will do.  Well I guess you and me need to deal with it at the grass root level.  I vow to go out of my way to love, and honor people of a different race then myself.  If my world is small, that's ok, because I'll end racism in it.
Sep 27, 2012 7:06PM


You are correct.  But, they sure like our tax dollars that we are forced to give them so they can conitinue to proceate more parasites.  I wish tax payers truely had a voice on where/how the moneys are distributed.  If you are not a tax payer, you should not have a voice- for obvious reasons. What would these people do if we were back in a period of pre entitlements or freebies?  I question if they could find their way home at night.

Sep 27, 2012 7:06PM
There should be no racism in America between blacks and whites. Black people should not be referred to as African Americans, they are just Americans who have a darker skin tone. There are many bad people in the world including America. We Americans should all come together as we have plenty to worry about with illegal aliens and people who hate America. The only person here from Africa may have been born in Kenya.
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