Racial Segregation Measured in Pixels

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Sat, Aug 17th, 2013 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

Slate has this piece on maps created by the University of Virginia's Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service, showcasing population distribution based on the 2010 census. By making every person a coloured pixel, suddenly the level of racial segregation becomes immediately obvious.

Caucasians are blue, blacks are green, Hispanics are orange, Asians are red, and other races are brown.

The vast swaths of purple appear to show the racial diversity of some of America?s biggest cities. But if you zoom into the map and break these cities down at the neighborhood level, patterns of segregation become much clearer.

Cable uses the example of Minneapolis?St. Paul to illustrate a city where racial integration in the city as a whole appears far greater than it does in individual blocks of streets. The wide view of Minneapolis?St. Paul is as purple as Adrian Peterson?s uniform, which indicates a large degree of racial diversity [...]

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