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UNC Center for Civil Rights Inclusion Project Spotlight on Exclusion in Jones County

Jones County Report

Trenton, the smallest town in sparsely populated Jones County is not known for much, but made headlines in 1999 for a civil rights struggle to annex excluded communities. This latest report documents the progress and persistent obstacles to racial integration in Trenton and across the county. With this installment, the UNC Center for Civil Rights continues its series of county level profiles on the legacy of racial segregation. Building on last year's statewide State of Exclusion report, this series includes reports on Lenoir, Davidson, and Moore counties; all are available at www.uncinclusionproject.org. Profiles of additional counties will follow in the coming weeks, each highlighting particular aspects of that county’s history, ongoing impacts of exclusion, and progress toward full inclusion of all residents.


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Posted by Peter Hull Gilbert on Fri. July 11, 2014 11:31 AM
Categories: Community Inclusion, Education, Fair Housing, Segregation, Voting Rights

State of Exclusion: Profile on Moore County

State of Exclusion: Profile on Moore County

The UNC Center for Civil Rights continues its series of county level profiles on the legacy of racial segregation, focusing this time on Moore County. Building on last year’s statewide State of Exclusion report, this series includes prior reports on Lenoir and Davidson counties; all are available at www.uncinclusionproject.org. Profiles of additional counties will follow in the coming weeks, each highlighting particular aspects of that county’s history, ongoing impacts of exclusion, and progress toward full inclusion of all residents.

Moore County, in the southern part of the Piedmont of North Carolina, is the center of the Sandhills region, known today primarily for its luxurious golf resorts, especially Pinehurst, home to this year’s U.S. Open Golf Tournament. Despite significant strides, Moore County remains nearly as deeply divided as described by the New York Times in 2005, the last time it hosted a U.S. Open. Most basic amenities have been extended to the excluded communities nearest the wealthiest golf resorts, but when looking at the county as a whole, racial and economic segregation persists. This report focuses on the impact of racial segregation on affordable housing, public education, environmental justice, and access to municipal services. The UNC Center for Civil Rights continues to represent several excluded communities in the county; the history of the Center’s work there informs the report, but like prior reports all conclusions are based upon publically available data.


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Posted by Peter Hull Gilbert on Fri. June 6, 2014 4:07 PM
Categories: Annexation, Community Inclusion, Education, Environmental Justice, Fair Housing, Moore County, Race Discrimination, Segregation, Voting Rights

UNC Center for Civil Rights Inclusion Project Spotlight on Exclusion in Davidson County

Profile on Davidson County

Following last year’s State of Exclusion report, in March the UNC Center for Civil Rights released a profile on Lenoir County, the first in a series of in-depth examinations of exclusion and the legacy of racial segregation in individual counties. Today we are releasing the second profile in that series on Davidson County. This release, the study on Lenoir County, and last year’s statewide report, are all available at www.uncinclusionproject.org. Profiles of additional counties will follow in the coming weeks, each highlighting particular aspects of that county’s history, ongoing impacts of exclusion, and progress toward full inclusion of all residents.

Between the Charlotte and Triad metropolitan areas, Davidson County is divided between its mostly white rural population and the more concentrated African American populations in the cities of Lexington and Thomasville. This report focuses on the impact of racial segregation on affordable housing, public education, political representation, and utility service. Almost all subsidized housing in Davidson County is clustered in Lexington and Thomasville, with very little subsidized housing available anywhere else in the county. One effect of clustering subsidized housing in already concentrated areas of poverty and non-white population is to exclude African Americans, Latinos, and low wealth residents from neighborhoods of higher opportunity that have greater access to employment, higher median incomes, and better educational opportunities. This county-wide pattern of exclusion perpetuates racial segregation and frustrates the purposes of the Fair Housing Act.


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Posted by Peter Hull Gilbert on Mon. April 28, 2014 3:12 PM
Categories: Annexation, Community Inclusion, Education, Fair Housing, Race Discrimination, Segregation, Voting Rights

Spotlight on Exclusion in Lenoir County

Following last year’s State of Exclusion report, on Monday March 24, 2014, the UNC Center for Civil Rights released its profile of Lenoir County, the first in a series of in-depth examinations of exclusion and the legacy of racial segregation in individual counties. In the middle of the Black Belt of Eastern North Carolina, Lenoir County is divided between its mostly white rural population and the concentrated African American populations in Kinston and La Grange. This new report focuses on the impact of the racial segregation on public education, political representation, and utility service.  Profiles of other counties will follow in the coming weeks, each highlighting particular aspects of that county’s history, ongoing impacts of exclusion, and progress toward full inclusion of all residents.


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Posted by Peter Hull Gilbert on Mon. March 24, 2014 11:44 AM
Categories: Community Inclusion, Education, Race Discrimination, Voting Rights

Data shows clear disparities between majority minority communities and the surroundings

This post was originally posted on the Progressive Pulse on Monday, February 24, 2014.

Place Matters

The previous post in this series, Place Matters, laid out the importance of place-based strategies to address inequality across North Carolina. Geographic solutions must be guided by precise data to target specific solutions to particular communities. The State of Exclusion report is a first step in using available statewide data to identify specific communities and the issues they face.


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Posted by Peter Hull Gilbert on Wed. February 26, 2014 2:10 PM
Categories: Community Inclusion, Education, Environmental Justice, Fair Housing, Race Discrimination

Center for Civil Rights Files Amicus Brief in School Voucher Case

UPDATE: On Friday February 21, Judge Robert Hobgood granted the Plaintiffs' motion for preliminary injunction and stopping the implementation of the voucher program. No voucher payments will be made in 2014-15. The State and the pro-voucher Institute of Justice, which intervened in the case, is expected to appeal the ruling. The Center looks forward to continuing to represent the NC NAACP in defending this landmark victory.


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Posted by Mark Dorosin on Tue. February 25, 2014 10:30 AM
Categories: Amicus Curiae, Education, Race Discrimination

Center Attorneys Speak at MLK Day Celebrations

The Center was well-represented at Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebrations in Chapel Hill and Southport, North Carolina on January 20, 2014. Managing Staff Attorney Mark Dorosin was the keynote speaker at the NAACP’s historic celebration at First Baptist Church in Chapel Hill following a march down Franklin Street. Read Mark’s speech. Senior Staff Attorney Elizabeth Haddix was the keynote speaker at the 20th annual Roundtable Breakfast program sponsored by the Brunswick County Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Committee at Trinity United Methodist Church in Southport. Read Elizabeth’s speech

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Posted by Jennifer Watson Marsh on Thu. January 23, 2014 10:53 AM
Categories: Brunswick County, Community Inclusion, Community Leaders, Education, Orange County, Race Discrimination, Segregation

UNC Center for Civil Rights Joins Amicus Curiae Brief to Defend Narrowly Tailored use of Race in College Admissions

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, along with the UNC Center for Civil Rights and thirty other national civil rights organizations filed an amicus curiae brief in the U.S. Supreme Court in Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action. The case involves a challenge to a 2006 statewide referendum in Michigan that sought to amend the state constitution to prevent the Michigan colleges from any consideration of race in college admissions, eliminating the narrowly tailored race conscious admissions upheld by the Supreme Court in Grutter v. Bollinger and recently reaffirmed in Fisher v. University of Texas. The Center submitted briefs on behalf of UNC Law School in Grutter and of UNC-Chapel Hill in Fisher.


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No Comments | Posted by Peter Hull Gilbert on Tue. September 24, 2013 3:38 PM
Categories: Amicus Curiae, Education, Race Discrimination

This didn't happen by accident - by Rob Schofield from NC Policy Watch

Powerful new study reveals the depths of segregation in NC and the need for intentional action to address it

Sometimes, it’s hard to say what divides North Carolinians more: race or what to do about race. A new and powerful report by some data wonks at the University of North Carolina helps to shine a light on both of these divisions. The report is entitled “The State of Exclusion: An Empirical Analysis of the Legacy of Segregated Communities in North Carolina” and the portrait it paints is not an especially encouraging one.

A team led by researcher Peter Gilbert examined hundreds of “census blocks” and population “clusters” throughout the state in an attempt to explore and explain some of the key aspects of North Carolina’s readily-evident residential segregation by race:
Where does it exist? Why does it exist? What are its impacts?

What they found shouldn’t surprise us, but it should serve as a wake-up call to all North Carolinians of good will. The three-pronged message:

  1. Despite decades of important progress, North Carolina remains intensely segregated in many, many areas.
  2. This segregation produces significant and measurable negative consequences.
  3. Ignoring the problem won’t make it go away.

Read the executive summary of the report.

This post was re-posted from NC Policy Watch. - It was written by Rob Schofield


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No Comments | Posted by Peter Hull Gilbert on Wed. September 18, 2013 10:14 AM
Categories: Community Inclusion, Education, Environmental Justice, Fair Housing, Segregation, Voting Rights

Center's Leandro III Brief Asks State to Remedy Constitutional Violations

The UNC Center for Civil Rights filed its brief with the North Carolina Supreme Court in opposition to the State’s most recent appeal in the ongoing Leandro education litigation. The case, which began almost 20 years ago, affirmed the State’s constitutional obligation to provide a sound basic education to North Carolina children. In 2005, the Center intervened in the ongoing case on behalf of parents and children in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg school system and the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Branch of the NAACP, with the support of the North Carolina State Conference and the national NAACP.


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Posted by Jennifer Watson Marsh on Tue. September 3, 2013 12:31 PM
Categories: Amicus Curiae, Charlotte-Mecklenburg, Education, Leandro, Race Discrimination
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