Southern Cities Become Less Segregated

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Census data from last year showed more African-Americans from Northern metropolitan areas like New York and Chicago are moving to Southern cities like Atlanta and Kansas City. It’s what’s known as reverse migration. And new analysis done on that census data led by Brown University, shows that a consequence of reverse migration is desegregation, as suburban neighborhoods in some Southern cities become more racially integrated.

Isabel Wilkerson is Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of the "Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration."  Shelton Haynes is assistant director of housing for Atlanta Dekalb Housing. He moved from New York to Atlanta in 2008. They discuss changing demographics as the result of reverse migration.