Center for Civil Rights Newsletter

Center for Civil Rights Newsletter: Friday, September 20, 2013

Introducing the Inclusion Project

The State of ExclusionWe are happy to announce The State of Exclusion, the newest report from the UNC Center for Civil Rights and the first phase of our multi-year Inclusion Project Project, which is dedicated to understanding, documenting, and addressing the persistent and related impacts of the legacy of residential segregation. Through our prior work challenging segregation in public education, municipal underbounding, and environmental racism, we have seen the same patterns of community exclusion affect the siting of environmental hazards, as well as access to infrastructure, quality affordable housing, educational opportunities, and political engagement. This report is an empirical analysis of excluded communities using North Carolina as a case study, and presents extensive data and some startling conclusions, all of which we hope will assist in your work.

Examine the Data

All the data referenced in the report are available in the form of interactive maps and charts at http://www.uncinclusionproject.org/. The Inclusion Project website allows you to look at individual counties or communities, and to slice the data in multiple other ways. The maps show hyper-segregated communities across North Carolina, and the impacts of exclusion faced by each community. The charts allow you to sort the data by region, county, and other categories plotted against various markers of exclusion.

Conclusions

This report is unique, both in depth and scope, in documenting the real impacts faced by hyper-segregated communities. It shows for example, that residents of these excluded communities are twice as likely as other North Carolina residents to be exposed to solid waste facilities, or for their closest school to be high-poverty or failing, but dramatically less likely to own their own homes. The report analyzes these differences across different regions of North Carolina, by the wealth of the county, and by the majority race of the excluded community. We hope you will use these tools and let us know how to improve them. We will continue to add more in-depth research about particular counties and communities as the next phases of the Inclusion Project proceed. If we can provide any additional information about the report, or if you'd like to have Center staff meet with you to discuss the Inclusion Project or demonstrate the use of the map, please let us know.


Contact the report's author with questions about the report at pgilbert@email.unc.edu or 919.445.0175.