For me, I've always been fascinated by the "melting pot" that is America due to our nation's historical struggle with race that is both laudable and lamentable and continues to haunt our shores to this day. So, when a friend forwarded along a map of our country based on "racial dots," I knew I had to write a post about it.
"Demographic researcher Dustin Cable's Racial Dot Map is staggering both visually and statistically. From afar, the most racially diverse pockets of the United States appear like blended watercolors in shades of purple and teal. Zoom all the way in, though, and each dot represents a single person, all 308,745,538 of us.
The data behind the map comes from the 2010 census, available publicly through the National Historical Geographic Information System. Cable, a researcher with the the University of Virginia's Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service, has modeled the project on a previous MIT map plotting population density by individual dots. Cable's version color-codes the results by race and ethnicity, producing an eerily beautiful picture of American segregation (and, less frequently, integration) that tricks the eye at different scales." -From The Atlantic
After exploring the different components of the map, I thought it would be cool to do a visual journey of where I've lived through out life. I'm currently living in a "majority minority" city (Boston), but even Boston is extremely segregated by its neighborhoods; a dynamic I've discovered has significant ramifications for education, public transportation, and other realms in public and private life. Will education reform remain agnostic about the role of segregation in bolstering achievement gaps? Only time will tell.
|Boston and Cambridge|
|San Antonio: Where I Was Born. Heavily Hispanic|
|Ellsworth, Maine: Where I Grew Up. 99% White|
|Greenville, Mississippi: Where I taught 2010-12. Split black and white.|
|Atlanta, Georgia: Where my mom's from. Split Black and White|
|New York City: Who doesn't have family or friends from this... melting pot?|