Racial segregation is killing Americans—and it’s getting worse

Mother Jones | Jul 1, 2021 at 12:00 PM
  • Fast forward to these babies’ adulthoods, and they’ve stayed close to the people and places they’ve grown to love—but their ability to access things like fresh food, quality pharmacies, well-resourced schools, clean water, and even something as simple as the trees that shade their blocks are drastically different.
  • Since 1990, the metropolitan area of Fayetteville, Arkansas, has seen the greatest increase in segregation, while cities in the West, such as Salt Lake City, Utah, and Santa Cruz, California, have also become significantly more segregated.
  • Medendian and his co-authors Arthur Gailes and Samir Gambhir believe that fixes that focus on the symptoms of segregation, such as tree cover inequality.