Spring 2014-2016. In the seventies, just after the 1960s peak of the Civil Rights Movement in which Atlanta was a major base, white flight and growth in suburban areas began. According to an article published in Ebony magazine in the late 90s, Atlanta became known as a ‘black mecca’, a land of opportunities for black folks in education, employment, home ownership, and entrepreneurship. The 2010 Census reported that in the last fifteen years, Hispanic and Asian populations have nearly doubled. Now, as April 2003 Footnotes article in the Newsletter of the American Sociological Association explores, a current trend has brought the white population back, particularly in the downtown neighborhoods of Atlanta.
With so many shifts and such diversity, we share spaces with other races but we have noticed that when we retire to our friend groups and neighborhoods, they are often segregated by many factors, one of which is race. This brings us to ask ourselves, fifty years after the signing of the Civil Rights Act, where are we in terms of race relations? Are we an integrated city? How so and how not? How does the current state of separation vs diversity effect the lives of Atlanta residents?